Iannone withdraws from Jerez MotoGP test after first day

Andrea Iannone has pulled out of this week's Jerez MotoGP test after the opening day, with Suzuki opting to save its allocation of test days with factory riders.

As a result of losing its concessions earlier in the season, Suzuki is restricted to just five private testing days a year with its works riders, the first of which it used on Wednesday with Iannone.

The Italian completed 68 laps on board the GSX-RR, with a particular focus on trying out different specs of engine, but will not be back on Thursday or Friday after the team decided it had done enough running.

Iannone will therefore not be back in action until the next official pre-season test, which begins on January 30 at Sepang.

"After having lost the concessions we want to save testing days for the future and having completed all the tests we needed we won’t have him ride more," said Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio.

"Our purpose here was not the chase to the fastest lap but to allow him to improve his feeling with the machine and help us to determine the future development.

"We brought here some different specs of the engine that he tried, and he gave us the direction to take in the winter.

"We will not develop a brand new engine for 2017, we will develop an evolution of the actual [current] engine and Andrea gave us the feedback we needed to understand which character of the engine to develop, according to his experience and needs."

With Iannone's teammate Alex Rins missing the test altogether because of injuries sustained in a crash last week at Valencia, test rider Takuya Tsuda will be Suzuki's sole representative at Jerez for the next two days.

Barbera tops first day

Of those present at Jerez on Wednesday, Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati) set the pace with a best time of 1m39.614s, 0.125s up on Kawasaki's World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea.

Among the MotoGP contingent, Ducati riders filled out the top four places, with Barbera's teammate Loris Baz second quickest ahead of Alvaro Bautista (Aspar) and Scott Redding (Pramac). Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro was the best factory rider in fifth, just under half a second off Bautista's pace.

Besides Suzuki, the only other team with a factory rider in attendance was KTM, with Bradley Smith ending the day 2.748s off the pace, half a second behind tester Mika Kallio.

Testing times (Wednesday - combined MotoGP and WSBK)

Pos. Rider Bike Champ. Time/Gap
 Hector Barbera Ducati MotoGP 1'39.614
 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki WSBK +0.125
 Loris Baz Ducati MotoGP +0.192
 Alvaro Bautista Ducati MotoGP +0.248
 Scott Redding Ducati MotoGP +0.471
6  Aleix Espargaro Aprilia MotoGP +0.472
 Michele Pirro Ducati MotoGP +0.478
 Andrea Iannone Suzuki MotoGP +0.535
9  Jack Miller Honda MotoGP +0.726
10   Chaz Davies Ducati WSBK +0.795
11  Danilo Petrucci Ducati MotoGP +0.818 
12  Karel Abraham Ducati MotoGP +0.870
13  Tom Sykes Kawasaki WSBK +0.997
14  Alex Lowes Yamaha WSBK +1.371
15  Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia WSBK +1.434
16  Marco Melandri Ducati WSBK +1.674 
17  Leon Camier MV Agusta WSBK +1.872
18  Eugene Laverty Aprilia WSBK +2.078
19  Michael van der Mark Yamaha WSBK +2.216
20  Mika Kallio KTM MotoGP +2.275
21  Takuya Tsuda Suzuki MotoGP +2.389
22  Bradley Smith KTM MotoGP +2.748
23   Hiroshi Aoyama Honda MotoGP +2.917
24  Sam Lowes Aprilia MotoGP +3.407

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Andrea Iannone
Teams Team Suzuki MotoGP
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