Andrea Iannone places himself in P15 for Japanese GP race

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Abbreviated qualifying day for Japanese GP

As expected, the schedule for day two of the Japanese GP at Twin Ring Motegi underwent extensive changes due to the adverse weather conditions.

The constant rainfall, along with the lack of visibility, resulted first in a postponement, and eventually in the cancellation, of the morning’s practice sessions. Declared unsafe, the track remained closed until 12:50, when the Moto3 riders exited the garages to face their qualifying session for tomorrow’s starting grid, followed by a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute MotoGP QP and finally the Moto2 session.

Andrea Iannone, Energy T.I. Pramac Racing
Andrea Iannone, Energy T.I. Pramac Racing

Photo by: Bridgestone

Andrea Iannone concluded his 26 laps of qualifying for this 17th World Championship round with a time of 1'57.347, which put him in 15th position on the grid. The Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider suffered particularly the lack of practice sessions and the limited time available to try different settings for his Desmosedici GP13. For that reason, tomorrow morning’s 50-minute morning free-practice session will be crucial for the race.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“Today was weird, and not being able to ride during these days didn’t help much. We had different settings on the bike compared to the Australian GP that we wanted to try here, but we didn’t have the dry time to understand if the changes could be positive or not. I had enough feeling and grip, but the bike was moving very strangely. The tyres have a lot of grip on the wet track but I have to learn how to take advantage of it. Of course if we would have had the usual sessions, we could’ve tried other stuff but that’s how it was. For sure we'll think about something to try tomorrow to solve the problems, and I’ll try to get a good start in order to be fast and competitive from the beginning.”

Pramac Racing Team

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