Iannone targets another Qatar podium

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone, who finished on the podium in the Qatar GP in 2015 for the first time, is hoping for success on the same circuit at the 2016 event this weekend.

With all the pre-season testing now over Iannone’s focus shifts to the upcoming week’s race at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

In pre-season testing, Iannone did a race simulation in Qatar and was competitive on the time sheets.

In a chat with the MotoGP site, Iannone plans on doing well in the qualifying to start well up the grid this weekend.

“Last year I had a great race, and I scored a fantastic first MotoGP podium so it is a good memory for me,” said Iannone.

“With the rule changes, I think that this year will see a good fight up front, because all the riders are closer, but we can also be competitive and will try our best to get on the podium again.

“The last test in Qatar was the best one for me, because day after day I was able to improve the feeling with the bike and with the Michelin tyres.

“We worked well, but we are only at the start with the new bike and we still have a lot of potential.”