MotorcycleDaily.com – Motorcycle News, Editorials, Product Reviews and Bike Reviews

Motorcycle News, Editorials, Product Reviews and Bike Reviews

Row 2 start for Andrea Dovizioso with fourth place in qualifying at Jerez. Andrea Iannone to start from fourth row in eleventh place

Ducati Team_042316

Andrea Dovizioso put together a good run in qualifying at Jerez to take fourth place at the end of the Q2 qualifying session. As a result the Italian will start from the second row of the grid for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix, scheduled for 1400 CET at the Andalusian circuit.

Andrea Iannone instead was unable to find the right feeling with his Desmosedici GP and he finished the qualifying session down in eleventh place: as a result the Italian will start the race from the fourth row.

In the morning’s first session, both Ducati Team men were able to get inside the Top 10 and as a result go through directly into Q2, Dovizioso with seventh quickest time and Iannone in ninth.

After FP4 in the early afternoon, which saw Dovizioso place sixth and Iannone ninth, the two Italians then went out for the decisive qualifying session and both set their best time on their second run: Dovizioso in 1’39.580, which hoisted him into the fourth slot on row 2, and Iannone in 1’40.054, concluding the day in eleventh place and on row 4.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1’39.580 (4th)
“I am very pleased with the work we are doing this weekend. We have worked well, we stayed calm even when we were not fast and, like in Argentina and Austin, we have managed to get a very good result in these conditions. I am also satisfied because my feelings on the bike gradually improved during the sessions, and this is an important aspect. I think that the qualifying times are not very indicative for the race, because the management of the rear tyre will be the key to everything and so it will be necessary to be OK in this area. I’d like to thank my team and Ducati because it’s also down to them that we have managed to start from the second row”.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 1’40.054 (11th)
“It bothers me a lot having to start in eleventh place because this is my worst qualifying performance of the year and the rest of the weekend hasn’t been easy either. I’m just not able to ride the bike the way I’m used to and so I’m struggling a lot: it’s difficult for me to accelerate out of the corners and I even have problems going through the corners as well, so all this is penalizing me a lot. It’s a pity, but now we have to try and understand what to do to get back up to the front. Tomorrow we’ll have to get a good start, gain some positions and then see how to run our race, bearing in mind that everyone sooner or later will encounter tyre wear”.