What happened on Saturday at Phillip Island was incredible; a good result could have been possible after the positive winter, but hitting the front row in Qualifying and on the Podium after four years of stopping is something that goes beyond all expectations. Andrea Iannone brings the Ducati Go Eleven back to the podium in Race 1, something that hasn’t happened since the 2021 season, with a race at the top, several laps leading the group and decisive overtaking!

In FP 3, the different weather compared to yesterday, with less wind and less grip on the asphalt, made some difficulties for the Go Eleven technicians and Andrea, encountering some complications on the rear at the end of the session.

Free Practice 3:
P 1   N. Bulega    1.28.716
P 2   T. Razgatlioglu   + 0.003
P 3   A. Locatelli   + 0.007

P 11   A. Iannone   + 0.640

It was said since the tests, the Superpole should have proved to be the most hard moment of the weekend, since until today the rider from Vasto had always suffered the soft tyre; until today, in fact. With the first attempt he hits the Top 6, with the second he finds the right slipstream in front and drops by almost a second. 1.28 low, second position on the grid, just over two tenths behind Bulega, the poleman. An extraordinary, heart-pounding ride. A decisive step when needed.

P 1   N. Bulega   1.27.916
P 2   A. Iannone   + 0.238
P 3   A. Lowes   + 0.323

Race 1, perhaps Andrea Iannone’s race will be realized in a few days. Incredible start, several laps in the lead, overtaking, brakings, perfect flag to flag and lots of determination; all this more than four years after the last race of the number 29. Those who saw the race, present on the circuit and elsewhere, could only have been amazed and speechless in front of such a day. Today the team worked perfectly, with the pressure of a tyre change being decisive for the result. The potential was even greater, but Go Eleven technicians have already identified the areas in which they could work on. Enjoy this extraordinary day Andrea, but tomorrow there are two more races, two more battles to face!

Race 1:
P 1   N. Bulega   30’55.801
P 2   A. Locatelli   + 2.280
P 3   A. Iannone   + 2.630

Andrea Iannone (Rider): 

“Qualifying was fantastic, starting from the front was exciting. I’m happy, but I want to keep my feet on the ground. We also have to evaluate which aspects didn’t go as we hoped and try to improve them in view of tomorrow. I thank Ducati in the person of Gigi Dall’Igna, Claudio Domenicali, Paolo Ciabatti, Marco Zambenedetti and the whole Go Eleven team for the support. Special thanks also to the WorldSBK family. I see a lot of support from people and this is the most important.”

Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager): 
“What can you say… facts speak louder than words, Andrea has an extraordinary talent and today he made me emotional. I believe that what he is experiencing and demonstrating to the world is something special, today he led the race for several laps, he pulled off a sensational lap in Superpole, then being the podium. For Go Eleven it is something unique to be back on the podium, we hope to get some more satisfaction tomorrow!”