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May 18th, 2016, 01:44 PM   #1
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Andrea Iannone will be officially announced as joining the Suzuki factory team for 2017 ahead of this weekend's Italian MotoGP following the confirmation he won't be retained by Ducati.

With three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo making the high-profile switch from Yamaha to Ducati at the end of the year, the Italian manufacturer confirmed earlier this week it has chosen Andrea Dovizioso over Iannone to partner him on a two-year extension.

As a result, Iannone will head to Suzuki in 2017 to replace Maverick Vinales, who will join Valentino Rossi at Yamaha.

Sources revealed to Crash.net the deal will be announced ahead of Iannone's home round at Mugello, tomorrow, with Vinales' confirmation set to follow promptly afterwards.

Iannone's move to Suzuki comes in the wake of a Ducati snub that caught many by surprise. Indeed, though it was known one of the riders would need to make way for the incoming Lorenzo, many felt the younger Iannone was the favourite over Dovizioso to be retained by the team in the wake of a breakthrough campaign in 2015 that yielded three podiums and fifth in the overall standings.

However, the 26 year-old has endured a troubled start to the 2016 season, with three self-inflicted DNFs in the opening five races leaving management frustrated, most notably his crash in Argentina when an over-ambitious final corner lunge eliminated both himself and Dovizioso out of podium positions.

Nevertheless, he heads to a Suzuki team that has emerged as a formidable contender in 2016 in the hands of Vinales and Espargaro, notching up seven top six results between them. Having returned to MotoGP in 2015 after a four-year absence, Vinales scored Suzuki's first podium result since 2008 last time out at Le Mans.

Read more at MotoGP News - MotoGP Italy: Iannone to join Suzuki after Ducati snub
Good pickup for Suzuki. I think he will do more on the GSX-RR than Vinales will have at the end of this season.
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That bike will be much improved by the time Iannone gets on it, he could be a force to be reckoned with in 2017
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That bike will be much improved by the time Iannone gets on it, he could be a force to be reckoned with in 2017

Brilliant post!


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He has been on a Ducati most of his career. Seeing that he has been crashing so much it will do him some good to get on a new bike. I agree that the bike should be much improved next year. It will take him some time to adjust his riding style. Once he does let's hope he is a top rider next year.

Overall I think it was his best option and a good decision for both parties. I'm looking forward to Iannone adjusting and become more successful than he was/is on the Dacuti.
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Maybe now that he's not racing for his job and things are secured for next year, he can settle down a bit. His form this year has been terrible and it looks like a lot of it is just trying too hard knowing only 1 of him or Dovi were staying. Strangely it's what's cost him the Duke seat.
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I hope he and the Zuke get along famously and do well - just not too well! Go Andres!
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Excellent news for everyone, Suzuki, Iannone, and us. I'll put money on him doing better than Viņalez.

Iannone was just too much of a threat to Marquez and Rossi, the two most powerfully political riders in MotoGP, going to Suzuki is the best option. If Suzuki can improve, we may see a win. Of course, Suzuki would need to not only improve but increase their development at a faster more effective rate than Honda, Yamaha, and Ducati, this is UNLIKELY!

Iannone mentioned he was offered a contract by Ducati but was unsatisfied with some particular terms, anyone know on the sticking points? I could speculate, but before that it would be good to get some reliable info, if possible.

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Excellent news for everyone, Suzuki, Iannone, and us. I'll put money on him doing better than Viņalez.

Iannone was just too much of a threat to Marquez and Rossi, the two most powerfully political riders in MotoGP, going to Suzuki is the best option. If Suzuki can improve, we may see a win. Of course, Suzuki would need to not only improve but increase their development at a faster more effective rate than Honda, Yamaha, and Ducati, this is UNLIKELY!

Iannone mentioned he was offered a contract by Ducati but was unsatisfied with some particular terms, anyone know on the sticking points? I could speculate, but before that it would be good to get some reliable info, if possible.

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He was going to sign it but he pushed down too hard and broke the pen halfway through the signature
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He was going to sign it but he pushed down too hard and broke the pen halfway through the signature
Oh this was good. Fucker.
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Excellent news for everyone, Suzuki, Iannone, and us. I'll put money on him doing better than Viņalez.

Iannone was just too much of a threat to Marquez and Rossi, the two most powerfully political riders in MotoGP, going to Suzuki is the best option. If Suzuki can improve, we may see a win. Of course, Suzuki would need to not only improve but increase their development at a faster more effective rate than Honda, Yamaha, and Ducati, this is UNLIKELY!

Iannone mentioned he was offered a contract by Ducati but was unsatisfied with some particular terms, anyone know on the sticking points? I could speculate, but before that it would be good to get some reliable info, if possible.

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I have heard they wanted him on a factory backed satellite and he wanted no part of that.
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