MotoGP: Iannone tops day one in Italy

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Iannone impressed in front of home fans today.   Photo: Ducati

Ducati Factory team’s Andrea Iannone was the only rider to get into the 1.47s lap times at the Italian circuit of Mugello, despite a serious charge from Jorge Lorenzo throughout the session.

After he was left without a ride by the Italian factory, Iannone came out of the box in FP2 this afternoon and proved why he is worthy of a factory ride. Securing a podium at the Italian GP last season it’s clear the crazy Iannone has a strong pace in Tuscany.

This morning’s free practise was hampered by damp track conditions following heavy rain yesterday which meant only 14 riders set a lap time, the majority of which were on intermediate tyres. Yonny Hernandez finished this morning fastest, meaning it’s been a Ducati dominance at their home circuit so far.

Free practice two seemed to be a two horse race for the top spot between Iannone and Lorenzo, despite a brief appearances on top from Scott Redding and Marc Marquez when times came down to 1.48’s. There was nothing to split the riders this afternoon, with less than a second covering the top ten during the session.

Home hero Valentino Rossi managed to get into the top six but only in the closing seconds, as the Movistar Yamaha rider seemed to be spending the session choosing his tyre for the fast circuit.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has a strong record around Mugello but the Spaniard was only able to finish in the top five on the opening day, just over half  a second off Iannone’s time.

There were many impressive performances this afternoon, however two which stand out are Ducati’s wildcard rider Michele Pirro and Ecstar Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro who finished third and fourth respectively.

Iannone’s final lap time of 1.47.696 put him 0.4 ahead of Jorge Lorenzo heading into FP3 tomorrow and with sunny weather forecast for the rest of the weekend it will be interesting to see if certain riders can keep up their pace.

For a full list of results click here.

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