Andrea Iannone says Suzuki “can’t hide” it’s race pace deficit after the Italian admitted he “suffered too much” on long runs during the Qatar test.

The Italian was third on the opening day of running at Losail and topped Friday’s session before having to sit out the final day on Saturday due to illness.

However, Iannone insisted topping the times meant little to him, as he is still struggling with the same issues over the race distance he did last season aboard the GSX-RR.

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Teammate Alex Rins, on the other hand, said he encountered no such issues during the Qatar test, with the Spaniard even saying this was “one of the best pre-seasons” for Suzuki.

Ending the Qatar test seventh overall, Rins was pleased with how the bike performed over race distance and branded the GSX-RR as “perfect” after Saturday’s running.