Andrea Iannone’s day at Phillip Island did not go exactly according to plan. After his third place on Wednesday, this time the Suzuki standard-bearer will have to settle for the twelfth best time, more than a second behind Viñales’ Yamaha. The disappointed expression on his face leaves little to the imagination.
“I think this was a day where I struggled. I tried to improve my feeling with the bike in general. I was able to understand a few components, but I struggled for the entire session.”
What gives you confidence?
“I think my pace. I was able to improve it compared with yesterday and that is encouraging. Tomorrow we will need to confirm our performance.”
Toward the end you also used the new fairing. How did that feel?
“To be honest, it is difficult to say. We need to see the data.”
What is the aspect that needs work?
“We are at a level where we need to continue working. In the race the result could be different, given the fact that I have improved my pace. I am still lacking control over the bike and my riding style needs to be more natural. Time will certainly help and we are aware that there are negative and positive aspects.”
In the Suzuki camp, the real surprise of the day was Alex Rins. The Spaniard did better than his teammate, taking ninth place behind Valentino Rossi. One thing is certain: the feeling is growing between the rookie and the GSX-RR.
“We were able to be more consistent than yesterday and I think we took a big step forward. This is the aspect that gives me the most confidence for the last day. In the third sector we were struggling on Wednesday, whereas today we were able to find what we were missing.”