First day of action for Pramac Racing ends at the Sepang International Circuit

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Andrea Iannone concluded this first day of the challenging Malaysian Grand Prix in 12th position.

As always the weather was the protagonist as the 15th round of the MotoGP World Championship got underway at the Sepang International Circuit today, with a 76% humidity level that turned into persistent rain during the break between the day’s two free practice sessions.

Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing Team
Andrea Iannone, Pramac Racing Team

Photo by: Pramac Racing

The typical Malaysian heat, however, allowed FP2 to go ahead in dry conditions as the asphalt reached 39° C degrees (102.2° F).

Andrea Iannone concluded this first day of the challenging Malaysian Grand Prix in 12th position and with a best time of 2’02.819, over seven tenths of a second faster than his FP1 mark.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team: “We knew that this track was hard for us, we are suffering from the lack of grip and I’m also struggling under braking. The bike moves around too much at the rear and when I try to enter the turn it slides a lot, it loses grip, and I almost go in sideways. From an analysis of my lap, I can see I lose a lot in the first and last turn, while in T2 and T3 we go much better. For sure it’s not enough and now we’ll see how can we improve for tomorrow. The heat does not help either, and it’s more difficult than usual, but it’s not a problem.”

Pramac Racing

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