Pramac Racing satisfied with practice day for Italian GP

Andrea Iannone still suffering from a little pain in his left knee, which hasn't healed completely.

Regardless of the variable and unpredictable weather at the Mugello circuit, Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team had a good day in the free trials, with Andrea Iannone back in top form.

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

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He was still suffering from a little pain in his left knee, which hasn't healed completely, but the work he put in preparing for Sunday's race seems to have payed off.

In the FP2, which was contended on a completely dry track, he registered his best time of 1:49.467, coming in sixth behind Nicky Hayden and second for Ducati.

It was almost one second faster compared to the morning trials, when the conditions on the track were completely different. The circuit was neither dry nor wet, and the temperature was cool.

So tomorrow the search will continue to find that confidence during braking that has been put hard to the test on this track, which features particularly fast changes in direction, and to work on the grip which, starting in the first laps today, slowed down the Italian rider's pace a little.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team: “At the moment everything is going really well, we definitely need to improve and find a faster pace but we especially need to try and be more consistent.

As long as the tires are new I manage to go fast enough and I feel good with the bike, but after the first five laps the back tire starts to lose its grip, especially in the very fast turns like the Arrabbiata 2, Correntaio and Bucine, and we lose a lot.

As for everything else the motorcycle is performing well, we are positive but we also have to concentrate to find a little more faith in going in with the front brakes, which perhaps were affected today by the conditions on the track and the low temperatures.

Physically I'm fine, the arm isn't hurting, and even though this morning my knee kept bothering me, we might have found a solution with a spongy protection which we adopted during the FP2, and I think I can overcome the problem.

It's too bad that I couldn't do these tests here together with Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden a few weeks ago, but it just wasn't possible. Now the goal is to prepare for the race anyway and work on the motorcycle. Obviously, I'd like to achieve something special."

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Andrea Dovizioso , Andrea Iannone
Teams Pramac Racing
Article type Practice report
Tags andrea iannone, ducati, italy, motogp, mugello, pramac