Team #suzuki Press Office – May 19.
Andrea Iannone: P11 1'41.562(+4.095) in FP1/P5 1'42.078 (+0.405) in FP2/P11 in combined
Sylvain Guintoli: P20 1'42.891 (+5.424) in FP1/P16 1'44.572 (+2.899) in FP2/P20 in combined
There were positive vibes for Team #suzuki ECSTAR after first day at the French GP. #andreaiannone managed to improve his feel on the GSXRR, and had two positive sessions; placing 11th in this morning’s mixed weather session and 5th in the afternoon with heavy rain falling. The debutant #sylvainguintoli improved as well and went from P20 to P16, reducing his gap by nearly 2 and a half seconds.
Weather conditions affected the day and in particular the morning session. With the track starting off wet at the beginning of the 45 minute session, it later went on to dry up, leaving many riders on rain tyres and others switching to higher performing slick tyres.
In these conditions Iannone was able to focus on looking for improvement with the wet setup, but was not able to take advantage of the slick tyres for a proper time attack at the end of the session. The result left him out of the top ten by just 0.255 seconds. The rain that fell in the afternoon made track conditions more congruent to wet tyres, allowing riders to focus on specific setups, and Andrea was able to improve his performance, ending in 5th.
Guintoli is still learning the potential of the (for him) relatively new Michelin tyres and the behaviour of the GSXRR in wet conditions. His improvements have been solid, and he managed get closer to the top 15.
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