IANNONE IMPRESSES BUT KEEPS CRASHING
Andrea Iannone had an impressive Suzuki debut at Valencia, finishing off his first outing on the GSX-RR in a strong fourth place, despite a number of high-speed tumbles throughout the two-day outing.
Silencing critics who believed that he would struggle to adapt to the new bike in time for next season, even the crashes weren’t enough to slow him down, and he leaves Spain pleased with the package that he’ll race in 2017.
He explained: “I hurt my elbow in the crash, and I rode with a lot of pain all day. But it was very important that we rode today, so I tried my best. I didn’t push at 100%, because I didn’t want to risk another accident and more injury, but it’s OK. It was important for us to have a good test.
“I have a very good impression with the new bike, and we’re starting to understand it a lot. I think the Suzuki is a very good base with a very good chassis, and my feeling with it is very good. But it’s normal that some parts will not be perfect now. I’ve talked a lot with the engineers and my team and now we have a lot more information to make changes.”
I think the Suzuki is a very good base with a very good chassis’ ANDREA IANNONE
Iannone has his critics firmly in his sights