Factory Suzuki Ecstar Team #29 Italian
Andrea Iannone was born in the Adriatic coastal town of Vasto, on August 9, 1989. He is an Italian professional MotoGP rider who currently competes in MotoGP, for the factory Suzuki team. Iannone interest in bikes came at a very early age. Iannone started his career on pocket bikes and soon became a championship front runner.
125cc World Championship.
He participated in both the Italian and Spanish championships before moving to World Championship in 2005. On 4 May 2008, Iannone claimed his first win at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, in wet conditions. In the 2009 125cc season he won the first two races of the season, he faded to seventh overall, with only one more win.
Moto2 World Championship.
In 2010, Iannone moved up to the new Moto2 series. He took victories at Mugello and Assen, both from pole, to move up to fourth. He won again at MotorLand Aragón. In 2011 Iannone was very inconsistent. He finished the season in third place after beating Alex de Angelis in Valencia.
Iannone remained in Moto2 for 2012, finishing second in Qatar, losing to Marc Márquez. He took his first victory in Catalan. He went on to get another podium at Assen. After this, he won his home race at Mugello. He took third place in the Moto2 championship.
MotoGP World Championship
Pramac Racing 2013 – 2014
In 2013 Iannone moved up into MotoGP on a Ducati Desmosedici with Pramac Racing. He finished the season in twelfth place with five top ten finishes. His best result was an eighth place at the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
Factory Ducati Team 2015 – 2016
For the 2015 season, Iannone replaced Cal Crutchlow at the Factory Ducati Corse Team, and partnered Andrea Dovizioso. Iannone achieved his first MotoGP podium on his Ducati début, finishing third in Qatar. At Austin, USA, he finished in fifth place, getting his first fastest lap in MotoGP. In Argentina he got third, and at Phillip Island Iannone was involved in a lengthy four way battle for first with three former world champions Lorenzo, Marc Márquez, and Valentino Rossi. He finished third overtaking Rossi.
Factory Ducati Team.
Iannone began his 2016 season well, leading at Losail for 6 laps before low-siding. In Argentina saw him in 3rd before attempting a last lap crazy overtake of his team mate Dovizioso, causing both riders to crash. He raced aggressively at Catalunya, and took out Lorenzo from 5th place. He won his first MotoGP race in Austria. He finished his first race of the season on the podium with a 3rd place. Taking three third places in America, Italy and Valencia. He finished ninth in the Championship scoring 112 points, would have been much higher if he hadn’t crashed out six times and missed four races.
Team Suzuki 2017 - present
The Italian rode for the Factory GSX-RR after being “allegedly” sacked from Ducati in the MotoGP World Championship with Álex Rins as his teammate.
Best result was in Japan with a fourth and two sixth places in Austria and Valencia. Again too many crashes and retirements, five in total, meant he only finished thirteenth in the Championship with 70 points.
For the 2018 season he continues with the Factory Suzuki Team.
- Roland Potter