By Press Release ‘s MotoGP team past this season. That is now official, with Suzuki formally announcing Iannone would not return, followed by Aprilia Racing Team Gresini saying it has signed the 28-year-old to a two-year contract.
Iannone joined Suzuki in 2017 after a two-year stint with Ducati Corse and another two seasons with the Pramac Ducati team. In six years in the MotoGP class, Iannone has one win and nine podium finishes. Iannone is currently seventh in the 2018 MotoGP championship chase.
The Vasto, Italy, native will join Aleix Espargaro next season to ride the Aprilia RS-GP. Aprilia has had a tough going since entering the championship in 2015, and the hope is that Iannone will help push its MotoGP project to the next stage of its development.
Iannone’s signing leaves Scott Redding now looking for work next season.
Below are the official statements from both Suzuki and Aprilia.
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SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION AND ANDREA IANNONE PART WAYS
Suzuki Motor Corporation announce that its collaboration with Andrea Iannone will come to an end after the 2018 season. Suzuki as a whole would like to wish all the best to Andrea in what is sure to be a bright and successful future.
During two seasons racing together Andrea has played an integral part in the growth of Suzuki’s MotoGP project, as well as assisting in the development of our GSX-RR. All of the Suzuki family are incredibly grateful for his help, and for the positive results achieved during the collaboration.
Naturally, with the 2018 season ongoing, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR and the Suzuki Motor Corporation will provide their utmost support to the Italian as we continue working together for the remainder of the season, looking forward to achieving strong results in the coming races.
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