The MotoGP silly season has been rapidly developing this week. First, Dani Pedrosa renewed his contract with Repsol Honda, and then we heard that Maverick Viñales would be headed to the Movistar Yamaha team for the next two years.
Next, we got confirmation that Andrea Dovizioso would continue with Ducati Corse, with Jorge Lorenzo as his teammate for next year, which meant that Andrea Iannone would be leaving the Italian squad.
Iannone’s future was quickly decided though, as the Italian rider has just inked a two-year deal with the ECSTAR Suzuki squad, taking the seat of the departed Maverick Viñales.
The move is logical one, both for Suzuki and for Iannone, as the two compliment each other quite well. Iannone is on the verge of being a serious race-win candidate, needing just to find that extra speed and maturity that has been eluding him so far this season.
Similarly, the Suzuki GSX-RR is coming into its own, now as a podium contender, and hopefully soon as a race winner. Hopefully together, both rider and machine can evolve further, and mean even more diversity on the podium’s top step.
“We are happy to have enrolled Andrea in our Team for the next two years. He is one of the top riders in MotoGP and he is also very passionate and motivated; which fits into our racing philosophy,” said Suzuki MotoGP Boss Davide Brivio. “Our technical project is continuously improving since our debut in 2015 and we are working hard to make our GSX-RR very competitive so that it can fight consistently close to top and victory as soon as possible.”
“We wanted a rider that could help Suzuki continue its road to the top. Andrea is a fast rider who has the hunger for success and his riding style could suit our machine’s characteristics, therefore giving us good hopes for a positive partnership. Being in his fourth year in MotoGP he’s also an experienced rider from which the whole Team will benefit.”
Source: ECSTAR Suzuki; Photo: © 2016 Tony Goldsmith / www.tonygoldsmith.net – All Rights Reserved