The third place finish at Austin has given Andrea Iannone a real confidence boost. The Maniac was finally able to score his first podium with the Suzuki and is now looking forward to the Jerez round. In Spain, the Italian is seeking confirmation: “Last year was not an easy one for us, we had to face some troubles, but in recent testing we've been able to find some positives that have allowed us to improve our knowledge."
Expectations are high this time around then: “This year we arrive in Jerez in a totally different mood and condition. I’m happy to get back to racing after the good podium in Texas, it has been a boost. Seeing the progress we are making and the positive path we are on, I hope we will be able to be competitive again and score another positive result.”
Alex Rins is meanwhile looking to fight back, after playing the part of spectator two weeks ago in Texas. The Suzuki rider hopes to get back on the right track in front of his home crowd: “Unfortunately I missed last year's race through injury, but I feel much more solid this year. We have established a positive working method which allows me to look at any race with confidence."
Rins has big dreams but is also keeping his feet on the ground: “My experience has improved a lot since last year, which makes me feel confident towards this race too. The early signs of this year proved that we have taken important steps forward and that we can be competitive. I’m not expecting Jerez to be a friendly circuit for us, but thanks to the improvement we’ve done technically, and also in my riding, we can look at this round with optimism.”