The moment has finally arrived for Suzuki, if not to sing a victory song, at least to breathe a sigh of relief. Alex Rins finished in 2nd place and Iannone in 9th, but without putting on a new tyre in the finale. This demonstrates that at Buriram, the GSX-RR is particularly at ease.
“I learned the circuit straight away and I had fun. It certainly suits the Suzuki well - Rins confirms - I did not expect to be so far ahead. Today was a day to get to know the new circuit and to find a good setup, so we did not try a lot of things.”
In spite of it all, the times arrived and the Spaniard has to dig deep to remember the last time he saw his name so high in the standings in MotoGP. There was a 3rd place in a warm up, but today went better.
“I am truly happy about this 2nd place, but when everything is new and some may be lacking something, I know that tomorrow could be different. The important thing is that today I was able to maintain a good pace” he keeps his feet firmly planted on the ground.
Although farther back in the rankings, Iannone also had positive sensations. It was a breath of fresh air after all the difficulties he has encountered since being on the Suzuki.
“I felt good straight away on this track and I am pleased with the way we are working. This was one of the best days yet on the Suzuki for me – he says - After Malaysia, I thought a lot. I tried to figure out a few things and you must never stop trying.”
The Maniac not only tried, but he also succeeded.
“I am honestly very pleased. It has been a while since I was able to have these sensations in the saddle and I think it is because this track suits our bike and my riding style well - he explains – You need a lot of speed going through corners and that is one of my strong points. From this point of view, the Suzuki and I get along rather well.”
This does not mean that now everything works to perfection, but things are finally moving in the right direction.
“We are trying to improve braking. That is a phase where we struggled last year, so I am trying to adapt to the bike and, in turn, the engineers are trying to meet my needs - Andrea continues - When we get to the day when this comes full circle, we will really be fast. We are working, but it won’t happen overnight.”
However, even just looking at the near future, Iannone is certain of a few things - perhaps small - but in any case important.
“I know that we have the potential to be fast on this track and it will be our priority. We have built a good base and tomorrow I’ll try to use a new tyre to do the time, unlike today when I preferred to focus on pace with used tyres. Today I did a bit of dirty work” he concludes with a laugh.