The two Ducati Team riders got off to a good start on the first day of practice action for the Czech Grand Prix at the Automotodrom Brno. At the end of the two 45-minute free practice sessions, Andrea Iannone was placed second in the aggregate FP1/FP2 standings, while Andrea Dovizioso finished in sixth position.
Both factory Ducati riders had already shown that they were competitive during the first morning session, with Andrea Iannone topping the FP1 timesheets in first place and Dovizioso in fifth.
In the afternoon run, Iannone set his best time in 1’55.944 on the last one of his 18 laps, while Dovizioso lapped in 1’56.235 on the twelfth of his 16 laps.
“I’m really very happy because I expected to be quick here at Brno, but not so quick. Now our performance is in line with that of Yamaha and Honda, and in some points we manage to make up a lot of time on them. On this track we are only struggling in T2, and it is in this sector that I am losing all the advantage that I manage to accumulate in the other parts of the circuit. But I’m satisfied with the way we are working and how this weekend has begun. For the moment the feeling with the ‘old’ chassis is a bit better and I think that we’ll focus on this for the race.”
“I’m pleased with the improvements we made in the afternoon, but obviously I’m not totally satisfied with the smoothness and the speed. We are not the quickest yet, but it was important to make this step forward during FP2. It’s true that we’re still missing a few tenths and that tomorrow we are going to have to work hard to find them, but all in all for the first day we are in quite a good position.”