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GP Week : Issue 204
MOTOGP >>> nEWs SUZUKI FOCUSSING ON ELECTRONICS Andrea Iannone may be set to move into Ducati’s factory squad in 2015. The Italian, who has been the most impressive of Ducati’s riders this season, has laid down the gauntlet, stating that he wants to join Ducati Corse for next season. “I don’t have any news about my future,” said Iannone. “I want to have a meeting with Ducati and my priority is to stay with the Ducati team. “However, I want to go to Ducati Marlboro – the factory team – but for the moment I have nothing important lined up.” Iannone, 24, raised eyebrows when he put his Pramac entry on the front row at Mugello. He currently lies ninth in the MotoGP World Championship. Ducati Corse has one of its riders, Cal Crutchlow, on a multi-year deal but the other, Andrea Dovizioso, is out of contract at the end of the season. The Italian’s name has been linked to the incoming suzuki team, and the notion of slotting the ever-improving Iannone into the factory team must hold some attraction for Ducati as it struggles to get its entries on the pace of the Japanese factory bikes. suzuki is focusing on its electronics package as it fights to get its MotoGP prototype on the pace of the current factory bikes. Following the latest test at Barcelona, test rider Randy de Puniet has said that the team was working hard on its electronics. “We tested many different things with electronic maps, on engine- specifications and also with the chassis. I had a better feeling with some of the solutions and we found some good direction here. We still have many days of testing remaining this year and we have time to make further developments.” The Frenchman completed 200 laps of the track over three days, in company with fellow test rider Takuya Tsuda. On the Monday, during which suzuki shared the track with the regular MotoGP teams, de Puniet was 17th fastest, 2.5s slower than Marc Marquez. “It was not such an easy period as we had a lot of bad luck after sepang, with many rainy days at other tests,” he said. “But it was important to be here with all the other MotoGP riders to see our potential; we still have to continue to work on the electronics side to improve our performances. DUCATI & CRAZY JOE? 16 GPWEEK.com // 16 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: