DOHA, QATAR - MARCH 25: Andrea Iannone of Italy and Team Suzuki ECSTAR looks on during the press conference during the MotoGp of Qatar - Qualifying at Losail Circuit on March 25, 2017 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Andrea Iannone got his first taste of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit on day one of practice for Sunday’s Argentinian GP overnight, the Italian rider finishing in tenth place overall with a best-lap time of 1’40.250.

The day’s sessions proved to be very fast compared to last year with almost all riders improving on their lap time by two seconds, which suggests that the track is in better condition. Iannone, as well, was able to shave nearly two seconds off last year’s best for Suzuki and the GSX-RR.

He further-improved on his times substantially from the morning to the afternoon (1'40.701 his best in FP1). His 10th position in the provisional classification is also good news for tomorrow as if rain falls, as expected, he has likely already done enough to secure direct access to Q2.

“The day was not bad, we started pretty well this morning, and in the afternoon things went better as well,” he explained. “The feeling is already good. We focused mostly on the tyres more than on the machine and we made some beneficial improvements. I already have some ideas for tomorrow and maybe also for the race, but we still need to modify some things on the machine and improve the settings so that I can be even more successful.”