KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - FEBRUARY 01: Andrea Iannone of Italy and Team Suzuki ECSTAR rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests In Sepang at Sepang Circuit on February 1, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

After three days of testing, the first important appointment of the 2017 season, Team Suzuki Ecstar came away with crucial information that Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins had gathered for future developments.

Iannone’s focus on the final day was to work on the race pace and the 1:59.452 he did on Tuesday put him second overall in the combined classification of the test.

“The day was positive and my feeling is good,” Iannone said. “Today we tried to focus on the race pace, finding a good balance of the bike and consistency in performance, and we improved session by session, which is positive. Also, the settings got some improvements, especially on the front; yesterday we experienced some vibrations in braking and slow corners and today we managed to find a good solution."

"Overall I am very satisfied with these three-days, we worked very well with my team and the feeling with the GSX-RR is very positive. Of course, we have many areas we can improve upon, but now our engineers have much data to work on and for sure we will be able to make further steps forward.”

The three-day session saw the introduction of new improvements developed during winter and verified their efficiency; and the outcome is very positive, with both riders comfortable and confident with the new specs of the engine and chassis.

The Factory GSX-RR has not been completely renewed for 2017, the Suzuki Factory engineers have focused on small improvements to capitalise on the already-proven points of strength and have more options in configurations that can fix any small weaknesses. The next tests in Australia and Qatar will see the introduction of further upgrades and the development work will continue, although the engine has been approved by both riders, appreciating the behaviour of the new specifications.