Fourth row for Iannone and Pramac Racing Team at Valencia

Andrea Iannone: "I want to thank my team very much for the excellent job they continue to do, and Ducati for the trust that they continue to show in me."

Andrea Iannone ended the second day of practice for the decisive Spanish weekend at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, with an eleventh place grid slot. He set his time of 1’31.963, his best so far this weekend, at the end of Q2.

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

Photo by: Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

After a good start today, which saw Andrea finish the third and final combined free practice session of the 2013 season only four-tenths of a second away from direct access into Q2, the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team rider continued with the following qualifying sessions.

A continuation of yesterday’s set-up work, some changes, and an incisive Q1, helped him to take first place in the session and entry into Q2 about 1 minute from the end. He then remained between 8th and 11th place, a position in which he ended the day.

Fine-tuning work will now continue inside the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team garage in order for the bike and Andrea to be more competitive, faster and more determined for the final race of the season.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team: “This morning we tried a different setting on the bike to see if it could help me in these sharp turns, but we had no benefits. It was more agile but less stable under braking. We then returned to the work done yesterday, revised it a bit and slowly we got a good time in Q2. I don’t know yet which tyre I’ll use for the race, I like the soft one with which I did most of the laps but the hard one also gave me a good feeling.

The fact that I am so close to Nicky and Dovi is very good for me, it gives me confidence because they are my points of reference as well as being very experienced riders. Tomorrow I will try not to let them get away, although it won’t be easy. I think I can expect a good result. We will now analyze today’s data and see what we can do to improve a little bit more. Again I want to thank my team very much for the excellent job they continue to do, and Ducati for the trust that they continue to show in me."

Pramac Racing

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Tags ducati, iannone, motogp, pramac, valencia