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An­drea Iannone has im­pressed yet again on his new Suzuki, pow­er­ing to an im­pres­sive top four fin­ish on the open­ing day of the Sepang test.

How­ever, the Ital­ian says he hasn’t even got started with the po­ten­tial of the ma­chine yet. He said “The main thing is to try to build con­fi­dence as quickly as pos­si­ble and find a good pace. It is very im­por­tant to keep mak­ing com­par­isons be­tween the stan­dard 2016 bike and the 2017 one.

“It’s long work that re­quires pa­tience, but we’re happy with the in­for­ma­tion we’ve col­lected. The re­la­tion­ship with the crew is very pos­i­tive, ev­ery­body works re­ally hard but the mood makes me very com­fort­able, I’d say my feel­ing now is re­ally good.”

Team boss Da­vide Brivio echoed the sen­ti­ments of his new sign­ing, ad­mit­ting that at the minute the process both Iannone and class rookie Alex Rins were work­ing on was as much data col­lec­tion as any­thing else.

He said: “This is a good start, and the work with both rid­ers has been pos­i­tive.

“We are in­tro­duc­ing many im­prove­ments and the ob­jec­tive of these three days has been to de­cide what is pos­i­tive and what is in­ef­fec­tive, so that we get the right path to fol­low. We’re happy be­cause An­drea con­firmed the good feel­ing he has with the GSX-RR and Alex showed many im­prove­ments as well as more and more con­fi­dence.”

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