The first free-practice sessions from the second MotoGP round of the year to be held on Spanish soil ended today with Andrea Iannone holding a best time of 1:43.272. The Italian, who had spent last night fighting a problem with his ear, sat in eleventh place in the combined times, having improved his best lap from the morning session by nearly a second.
His gaps to the two Ducati Team riders—a bit more than three tenths from Nicky Hayden and two tenths from Andrea Dovizioso—help provide reason for optimism as the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team continues its work.
Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team: “It seems like everything is happening to me this year! Fortunately, Claudio [Dr Costa] is always at the track, and when my ear began tormenting me last night, he helped me to finally get some rest. Apart from that, I can say that the day didn’t go so badly in the end.
The gap to Nicky and Dovi on this track is smaller than usual, and we’re a second faster compared to the first session. Of course I still have some problems. I’m struggling in the faster sections in the last part of the track, and on corner entry, where I tend to go wide.
We’re still working though, and after some updates, things went better today. This morning I immediately went out with the hard tyre, and it didn’t go badly, but the pace was better with the soft in the afternoon session. I was able to ride better, but I’m not sure for the race. We’ll see how things go tomorrow.”