Andrea Iannone Signs with ECSTAR Suzuki in MotoGP

05/19/2016 @ 12:51 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS


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 / – All Rights Reserved

  • irksome

    The impossible last turn attempt on Dovi when their team were assured of two podium finishes was unconscionable, displayed an utter lack of maturity and had to have sealed Iannone’s fate at Ducati once they’d shelled out and signed Lorenzo.

  • Alclab

    I believe this was a clear turning point in the decision for Ducati, but also, it made sense to keep a more “#2” rider (in spite of better results) who will not challenge Lorenzo, that will clearly come with #1 Status

  • Alclab

    I hope Iannone can bring Suzuki success, but my “gut feeling” just does not sees it happening. I really really hope I’m proven wrong and it turns out to be a great partnership.

    With Aleix being close to announcing his continuation, I have to really wonder what will happen with the great prospects that were being talked about like Rins and Zarco. I felt they were better options for Suzuki, in the long term, but also unknowns, whilst Iannone has proved he can get podiums (and the race at Phillip Island 2015 proves he can scrap it out with the best of the best).

  • irksome

    Absolutely. A no-brainer, really; Dovi won’t make an impetuous move to take out Ducati’s massive monetary investment AND he’s arguably the best development rider in the paddock. Win/win.
    Iannone’s pass attempt also had serious potential to injure both factory riders… insanity.

  • imprezive

    Personally I don’t think they will re-sign Aleix. I think they pair Iannone with Rins or Zarco.

  • You_Started_It

    I think he will win on a suzuki. He just too fast to ignore.

  • Alclab

    That appears to be the current situation, Aleix did a great job for develioping the bike, but he appears to not be quite on the level as the other ones

  • Shinigami

    Eluding, not alluding. ;)