New MotoGP Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone said he was impressed with the corner speed of the Factory GSX-RR during his first official testing session at Valencia last week since joining the Suzuki Team from Ducati.
The Italian got his first taste of his new machine last Tuesday and Wednesday at Valencia and liked the feel of the bike setting the seventh and fourth-fastest times over the two days.
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In an Interview with Eurosport, the 27-year-old was very impressed with the Suzuki's high speed and cornering.
"The bike is very fast inside the corner, we have high speed, and this is a good point for me," Iannone said. "I have a very good impression about the bike, I'm happy.
"We worked a lot on the second day, we understood a lot in some areas because we got the information. This is very important because the bike is a very good base; we have a very good chassis.
"The feeling with the bike is very good, but it's normal we have some parts, some areas not at 100%. I'm happy also with this because we have a point to improve."
Iannone feels that the first part of acceleration is an area where improvements can be made to the bike.
"It's very important to improve the first part of acceleration, especially in second and third gear," he said. The engine has good power, but in the first part of the acceleration it's a little bit difficult, to use at 100%."
In the 2016 MotoGP rider standings, Iannone finished the season in ninth place in the standings for the Ducati Team with 112 points, well behind Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez who ended up at the top on 298 points.