Iannone urges patience for Suzuki gains
16 August 2017 – Andrea Iannone says Suzuki "learned so much" across back-to-back events in the Czech Republic and Austria, but has urged the team to exert patience as it bids to move up the grid.
Suzuki finished fourth in last year's Teams' standings, via victory in Britain, but has slumped to 10th position this season, with Iannone and rookie team-mate Álex Rins off the pace.
Iannone, following a tough start to his Suzuki career, is confident that a "solution" to the GSX-RR's lack of performance will be found, though admits it is unlikely to be a quick fix.
"We know we struggle more in the race [than in qualifying]," Iannone commented.
"We suffer with the drop in tyre performance, but we are working on that, and I see positive feedback from Suzuki.
"The solution is achievable, but not as immediate as we'd like, so we have to put up with it and keep on.
"I can see that I am not the only one in this and they all are making an effort to try to improve. This is something I really appreciate and I will do my best to give them what they deserve.
"We need to be patient, but in these last two races we learned so much; this will be useful.
"We suffered a lot with the tyre drop, maybe with the electronics we can solve the problem, and also with some improvements in the chassis or set-up.
"At the same time we improved the braking considerably, which was a crucial point for me; this means that little by little we are getting there."
Iannone holds 16th position in this year's championship standings, with Rins, who missed a handful of races through injury, back in 21st.