Ex-MotoGP racer Iannone will make his return to racing motion in 2024 as his four-year doping ban expires after signing to join satellite Ducati squad Go Eleven next season.
Sampling the Ducati V4 R Panigale at Jerez this week, the Italian rider was a low-key Eleventh-fastest on the opening day of the take a look at on Tuesday, which was curtailed by unhealthy climate.
However making the most of improved circumstances on Wednesday afternoon, Iannone turned heads as he set the fifth-fastest time of the day, lapping inside a second of pacesetter Remy Gardner.
“It was actually enjoyable, I loved right now lots,” Iannone advised the official WSBK web site after finishing 69 laps on Wednesday. “My feeling with the bike improved exit by exit and run by run.
“It’s actually fascinating as a result of I’m somewhat bit stunned concerning the outcome, additionally the sensation with the tyre and every thing. We have now a whole lot of work in entrance of us, however we begin from a extremely good level.
“We have now actually massive ambitions. I need to come again, however I need to attempt to come again at a excessive degree. I need to obtain these outcomes and I need to attempt to arrive on the prime.
“In any case, I do know it’s actually troublesome as a result of the extent is actually excessive. Everyone is shut however, I believe, for us and the primary take a look at, it’s troublesome to realize somewhat bit extra.
“The bike impressed me on the constructive facet, and in addition the tyres. They’re pleasant. You felt the place the boundaries of the tyres are and the bike and I believe this can be a good level.”
For the second day in succession, GRT Yamaha rider Gardner topped the timesheets as he set a finest lap of 1m38.448s to go somewhat beneath three tenths up on Nicolo Bulega on the works Ducati.
Jonathan Rea continued his adaptation to the Yamaha he’ll race subsequent 12 months with the third-fastest time, 0.731s off the tempo, however marginally sooner than former team-mate Alex Lowes on the Kawasaki.
Alvaro Bautista in the meantime struggled for outright tempo as he hung out experimenting with the additional weight he will likely be pressured to hold on his works Ducati subsequent 12 months on account of new guidelines regarding mixed minimal weight for rider and motorbike.
The 2-time champion was seventh-fastest, simply over 1.5s off the tempo, behind Michael Ruben Rinaldi on the satellite tv for pc Motocorsa Ducati.
Axel Bassani discovered himself almost three seconds off the tempo and twelfth of the 13 riders current as he continued his adaptation to the Kawasaki.
Additional testing will likely be held at Jerez on November 22-23.
Jerez testing occasions (Wednesday):
1. Remy Gardner (GRT Yamaha) – 1m38.448s (61 laps)
2. Nicolo Bulega (Ducati) +0.278s (52)
3. Jonathan Rea (Yamaha) +0.731s (68)
4. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki) +0.763s (68)
5. Andrea Iannone (Go Eleven Ducati) +0.887s (70)
6. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Motocorsa Ducati) +1.359s (69)
7. Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) +1.514s (58)
8. Bradley Ray (GMT94 Yamaha) +1.559s (59)
9. Dominique Aegerter (GRT Yamaha) +1.655s (67)
10. Scott Redding (Bonovo BMW) +1.843s (47)
11. Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo BMW) +1.886s (66)
12. Axel Bassani (Kawasaki) +2.898s (54)
13. Tarran Mackenzie (MIE Honda) +3.662s (39)