Second day of testing from Portimao, where Team Go Eleven had the goal of improving the feeling and reaction of the bike in Andrea’s hands. The start immediately felt good, the rider from Vasto immediately replicated the best reference set yesterday. Lots of laps on used tyres today too, despite number twenty-nine still having several problems in terms of electronics and set-up during the morning.

The afternoon begins with a big change to the geometries of the Panigale V4-R by Go Eleven, which seems to immediately give better feedback to the rider. With the 800, the tyre solution halfway between hard and soft, he manages to complete a series of laps in sequence, where the best comes out at the end. Moving on to the softer tyres, however, the time attack is lacking. The main area to work on is to fully exploit the potential of the SCX and SCQ, the tyres used in qualifying during the season. Speaking instead of pace, even at the end of these two days, we can say that the consistency has remained and indeed, the more the bike loses grip, the more Andrea feels at ease.

Portimao Test – Combined Results:
P 1   T. Razgatlioglu   1.39.189
P 2   N. Bulega   + 0.086
P 3   A. Lowes   + 0.332

P 17   A. Iannone   + 1.465

Now it’s time to fly to Australia, the first race of the season; between Jerez and Portimao there were two interesting and intense tests, where Iannone began to understand the tyres and the bike’s reaction to the changes; a first path has been traced, now all that remains is to understand by direct comparison on the track what the level will be. Despite some difficulties along the way, number twenty-nine is excited and motivated and can’t wait to get on track with the Ducati at Phillip Island!

Andrea Iannone (Rider):

“Today there was certainly an evolution in terms of pace, we became more effective, a little more competitive. I set my best time with a used tyre of 15/16 laps, 1.40.6, I’m happy of this. Instead, I need to better understand how to make more use of a softer tyre to be more effective. This is the last test in Europe before Australia, we still have a lot of work to do, but I think there is an excellent starting point and this gives me hope. I’m excited, we’ll see at Phillip Island what we can do.”

Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager):

“In these tests, Portimao made our life a little complicated. It is certainly a very hard track to ride at the first outings. Today Andrea immediately improved his feeling, I’m not too worried about the race distance as often the best chrono came on used tyres, but we still have to understand how to fully exploit the extragrip on new tyres. The two days here, however, proved to be fundamental, both to allow the rider to understand the bike’s reactions to the changes, and to provide more knowledge of the tyres. Now let’s re-analyse all the data and leave for Australia, I can’t wait!”