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Andrea Iannone – 7th.
Alex Rins – 21st.
The 2017 MotoGP™ season kicked-off today at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in #valencia, #spain with the first test of the season held right after the season finale at the Spanish circuit.
Team #suzuki ECSTAR revealed their new riders #andreaiannone and #alexrins, who joined the crew to have a first taste of the #suzuki GSX-RRs. The main purpose of the opening day of the two-day official test allowed the riders to get their first feelings with their machines, starting from actual set-up as a base to start working on for the future.
Today started slowly, with a very cold temperature at the track and the need to understand the new bikes before starting to push for real. Under these conditions, Iannone took advantage of his experience and after a first run of adaptation he could start to apply some modifications in the set-up and electronic configuration, progressively improving his performance. He incurred a crash in middle of the afternoon, without any injury, during this process of improvement and he still remained in the top-part of the timing sheets for the whole day, ending in seventh position.
MotoGP™ Rookie Rins had to start feeling the Factory GSX-RR’s behaviour without electronic controls, and then to start using them to understand how they change the potential riding characteristics and today has been a step-by-step approach, allowing him to take all the time he needed to get acquainted with the bike.
Together with Suzuki’s new 2017 Factory riders, Japanese #suzuki Test Team Rider Takuya Tsuda flew into #valencia to start testing various improvements that may be applied to the Factory machines in the future, if their effectiveness is confirmed in this and further tests.
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