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Photo: Pramac Ducati
Like the rest of the MotoGP paddock, Pramac Ducati staff also had the word “rain” on their lips, come the final whistle of the first day at Jerez.
The rain wasn’t a burden on every rider, however, as rookie rider Andrea Iannone put his Pramac Desmosedici fourth in the standings, just behind that ‘other’ rookie, Marc Marquez. After sitting out a large proportion of the morning, Andrea completed just under 30 laps in the afternoon on his GP13, achieving a best time of 1m 48.948s on his final lap of the day. It seems to be the ever familiar story with the Ducati, they go well in the wet, of which the Italian seems elated about.
“I think we did a good job today, I have been able to try a little things to understand the electronics with these weather conditions, and also the differences between MotoGP and my old category. The bike and the tires have a lot of grip that I did not expect. I have a great feeling with the team and I am very happy. Today is just the first of three days and we hope in a dry track tomorrow in order to try more stuff on it.”
Iannone’s American (nearly veteran) team mate, Ben Spies had a more promising return to the track, after injury put a spanner in the works of the previous IRTA tests, in Sepang. Spies completed 18 laps and likewise to Iannone, posted his best lap time of 1m 50.957s on the final lap of the day; this placed Ben in 11th, behind factory rider, Dovizioso. After taking it rather steady, Spies still seems content and positive as he could be at this stage in the game… “First time for me on the bike in the rain and first time in the rain since I crashed but I just want to get back into it. Today was the first of three days and we didn’t want to do anything too crazy, tomorrow more or less we will have rain again so I will have more time with these weather conditions and we do need it to get used to the bike. I stopped a little early also because the track was starting to dry and it was kind of in between rain and dry. I think we did a good job today and we will see what the weather does tomorrow.”