Andrea Iannone had great expectations, because the Friday in Motegi had given no small amount of confidence to the Italian rider. The eleventh place time behind Rins is one that leaves a bitter taste in the Suzuki rider’s mouth and he feels like a step backwards was taken compared to the first day.
“Obviously I expected more - Andrea said, without beating around the bush - Without the water from yesterday, the bike got worse. In fact, today I struggled with a lot of spinning. The Suzuki slid around and I also struggled in terms of speed - he added - I think it was a good lesson for all of us.”
And so, the fourth row becomes a hard pill to swallow.
“This result is a bit annoying - he admitted - but we already need to be thinking about tomorrow. If it rains it will be better for us, whereas with mixed conditions everything will be more difficult.”
In any case, Iannone is confident, because the Japanese round could be the turning point.
“This morning we worked very well - he recalled - In fact, our pace was good. We will also need to see what the race conditions are, but we have good chances.”
For the round of the Rising Sun, The Maniac dedicated a helmet with a special livery to the Manufacturer from Hamamatsu.
“Here in Japan they are really working hard - number 29 commented - This team really deserves good results. I am also happy about the direction we have taken and our growth.”
Asked about what is written on his helmet, Iannone explains.
“The word translates into English as ‘Do it’, which means Strength in Japanese.”