Andrea Iannone produced a fine performance in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez de la Frontera, the Italian putting his Desmosedici GP15 on the front row, from where he will start the fourth round of the season alongside Lorenzo and Marquez.
The Ducati Team man from Vasto in southern Italy had finished the third free practice session in the morning in eighth place, thus earning direct access to Q2, while in the pre-qualifying FP4 run he proved he had established a good pace on the Andalusian track by topping the timesheets.
His team-mate Andrea Dovizioso did not have such a good day, and he could only go eighth quickest in qualifying. Andrea will start round 4 of the championship from the third row.
In the morning the rider from Forlì was able to notch up fifth time during FP3, which put him directly into Q2, and he also finished FP4 in third place.
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 1’38.468 (3rd)
“I am very pleased to start from the front row. It is never easy to get into this position, because all the riders are trying to push to their limit, but we succeeded in doing it again after getting on the front row in Argentina and it is a really important result because tomorrow it will be essential to start from the front. Probably we were unable to get the best out of our potential in qualifying, but I believe that in any case we have a good pace and so I think I can do a good race tomorrow.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1’38.823 (8th)
“Unfortunately we did not find a good pace and now we still have to work a bit more in view of the race. We are actually not that badly off, but we have to improve if we want to be able to fight for the podium tomorrow. My qualifying lap was not perfect and it just might have been possible to get onto the second row: it’s a pity because a row 2 start is important here at Jerez. In any case now we have to understand where to improve and try something different in tomorrow morning’s warm-up.”