Andrea Iannone is an Italian motorcycle rider who currently rides for the factory Suzuki team in the MotoGP championship.
125cc and Moto2 Class
The Italian rider had not found much success in the 125cc class. During his five-year stint from 2005 to 2009, Iannone only managed to win four Grand Prix, which dented his chances for a decent position in the championship standings.
However, the Italian had a complete change of fortunes in the Moto2 class. He moved to the Moto2 class in 2010 and had three fantastic seasons, where he finished the championship in the third place for three consecutive seasons. The Italian secured 19 podiums and 8 wins during his Moto2 stay.
Andrea Iannone moved to the premium class in 2013 and competed in his debut MotoGP season riding for the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing team. Iannone endured a difficult first season that saw him finish in the top-10 only five times, which ensured that he would finish the championship in the twelfth place.
His performances improved in the following year and finished consistently in the top-10, which secured him a place at the factory Ducati team in 2015. Riding for the Ducati team, the Italian had a fantastic start to the season that saw him take the podium in the very first race at Qatar. Two more podiums that year meant that he would finish the 2015 MotoGP championship in the fifth place.
However, the Italian failed to recapitulate his form in 2016, multiple crashes and retirements that season meant that he would finish the season in the ninth place. His first MotoGP win at the Austrian Grand Prix was the only highlight that year.
With the arrival of Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati let go of Iannone, and he chose to ride for the factory Suzuki team in 2017. After a lacklustre first season, the Italian took two consecutive podiums this year and is chasing his second MotoGP victory with the Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP team.