Andrea Iannone

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Andrea Iannone
Andrea Iannone (cropped).jpg
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 (age 27)[1]
Vasto, Italy
Current team Team Suzuki Ecstar
Bike number 29
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 2013–nowadays
Manufacturers Ducati, Suzuki
Championships 0
2016 championship position 9th (112 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
69 1 7 2 3 468
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 20102012
Manufacturers Speed Up-Honda, Suter-Honda
Championships 0
2012 championship position 3rd (194 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
51 8 19 5 13 570
125cc World Championship
Active years 20052009
Manufacturers Aprilia
Championships 0
2009 championship position 7th (125.5 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
77 4 5 3 1 292.5

Andrea Iannone (born 9 August 1989) is an Italian professional MotoGP rider who currently competes in the MotoGP world championship, for the factory Suzuki team.[2]

Early life[edit]

Iannone was born in the Adriatic coastal town of Vasto, on August 9, 1989, and again like any other motorcycle rider his interest in bikes came at a very early age. Like many other top riders, he refined his riding abilities first in Minamoto's, Iannone also has one older brother called Angelo who follows Andrea to all the tracks.

Career[edit]

125cc World Championship[edit]

Iannone at the 2009 Catalan Grand Prix

Born in Vasto, Province of Chieti, Iannone – like many other riders – started his career on pocket bikes and soon became a championship front runner. 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. Prior to the victory, he had never finished higher than ninth, at the Turkish and French Grands Prix in 2007, although he had previously qualified as high as seventh. In the 2009 125cc season he won the first two races of the season, establishing himself as a championship contender, however he faded to seventh overall, with only one more win. During the race at Misano, Iannone provoked an accident with Pol Espargaró. After the incident, images showed the riders arguing in the gravel and Iannone headbutted Espargaró. This was heavily criticised by the media and lost Iannone some sponsorship; Iannone then apologised to Espargaró at the next race at Estoril.[3]

Moto2 World Championship[edit]

In 2010, Iannone moved up to the new Moto2 series, his first time riding anything other than an Aprilia. After a slow start he took victories at Mugello and Assen – both from pole – making him the first rider to take two poles in the class,[4] to move up to fourth overall in the standings.[5] He was also competitive in Barcelona, but received a ride-through penalty for overtaking Yuki Takahashi under yellow flag conditions.[6] He then went on to win again at Motorland Aragón, a track which was new to the MotoGP calendar in 2010.

2011 proved to be a very up and down season for Iannone, with inconsistency being his major downfall. Whilst being the only other rider besides Stefan Bradl and Marc Márquez to win more than one race, he would often find himself qualifying well outside the top 10, but finished the season in third place after beating Alex de Angelis in the final race of the season in Valencia. On the Tuesday following the race, Iannone tested a MotoGP bike for Gresini Racing in Valencia.[7]

Iannone remained in the class for the 2012 season, finishing second in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, having led the race out of the final corner and losing out to the straight line speed of Marc Márquez's bike.[8] He finished fourteenth, fifth and fourth over the next three races, before taking his first victory of the season in the Catalan Grand Prix.[9] He went on to get another podium at Assen. After this, he won his home race at Mugello wearing the colours of a nearby fire station.

MotoGP World Championship[edit]

Pramac Racing (2013–2014)[edit]

In 2013, after another third place in the Moto2 championship, 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, but the second part of his season was affected by a shoulder injury suffered during free practice at the German Grand Prix. The injury also forced him to miss the United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.[10]

In 2014 he continued to race with Pramac Racing, with teammate Yonny Hernández.

Ducati Corse (2015–2016)[edit]

For the 2015 season, Iannone replaced Cal Crutchlow at Ducati Corse, and partners Andrea Dovizioso in the team. Iannone achieved his first MotoGP podium on his Ducati début, finishing third in Qatar.[11] At Austin, he finished in fifth place behind Jorge Lorenzo, and also recorded the first fastest lap of his MotoGP career. Iannone was on course for a second podium in Argentina, but was passed for third on the final lap, by Crutchlow.[12] 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 after overtaking Rossi on the final lap with three corners remaining.

He began his 2016 season well, leading at Losail for 6 laps before low-siding, allowing his team-mate to overtake. The following Grand Prix in Argentina saw Iannone in 3rd before attempting a last lap overtake of his team-mate Dovizioso, resulting in both riders falling. Iannone was penalised by Race Direction with a penalty point and three places on his following starting grid placement. Despite these punishments Iannone finished his first race of the season on the podium with a 3rd place behind Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo, ending his season-spanning four race long run of race retirements. He raced aggressively at Catalunya, and eliminated Lorenzo from 5th place, effectively giving Marquez the championship lead.

Team Suzuki (2017)[edit]

The Italian will ride the Factory GSX-RR in the MotoGP World Championship for the upcoming two years following the 2016 season. It was recently confirmed that Iannone will be joined by Alex Rins as his teammate.

Nicknames[edit]

The first notable nickname Iannone had was during the 2010 Misano Circuit Moto2 race where he wore a helmet inspired by the incredible hulk. The writing on the back of the helmet read "The Incredible Iannhulk". In 2011, Iannone sported the nickname "Crazy Joe" on the back of his leathers, a nickname his friends had given him, he is called this because of his aggressive and unbelievable racing maneuvers. In 2012, "Crazy Joe" had changed to "The Maniac Joe" just to emphasize the first nickname even further. At Mugello, Iannone used the colour scheme of a nearby fire station and for that race alone gained the nickname "Joe the Firefighter".

Career statistics[edit]

By seasons[edit]

Season Class Motocycle Type Team Number Races Win Podiums Pole FLaps Pts Position
2005 125cc Aprilia Aprilia RS 125 Abruzzo Racing Team 29 16 0 0 0 0 20 20th
2006 125cc Aprilia Aprilia RS 125 TicinoHosting Campetella Junior Team 29 11 0 0 0 0 15 22nd
2007 125cc Aprilia Aprilia RS 125 WTR Blauer USA 29 17 0 0 0 0 26 20th
2008 125cc Aprilia Aprilia RSV 125 I.C. Team 29 17 1 1 1 0 106 10th
2009 125cc Aprilia Aprilia RSA 125 Ongetta Team I.S.P.A 29 16 3 4 2 1 125.5 7th
2010 Moto2 Speed Up FTR Moto M210 Fimco Speed Up 29 17 3 8 5 6 199 3rd
2011 Moto2 Suter Suter MMXI Speed Master 29 17 3 6 0 7 177 3rd
2012 Moto2 Speed Up Speed Up S12 Speed Master 29 17 2 5 0 0 194 3rd
2013 MotoGP Ducati Ducati GP13 Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 29 16 0 0 0 0 57 12th
2014 MotoGP Ducati Ducati GP14 Pramac Racing 29 17 0 0 0 0 102 10th
2015 MotoGP Ducati Ducati GP15 Ducati Team 29 18 0 3 1 1 188 5th
2016 MotoGP Ducati Ducati GP16 Ducati Team 29 14 1 4 1 2 112 9th
2017 MotoGP Suzuki Suzuki GSX-RR Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP 29 4 0 0 0 0 9* 17th
Total 197 13 31 10 17 1330.5

* Season still in progress.

By class[edit]

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125 cc 2005–2009 2005 Spain 2008 China 2008 China 77 4 5 3 1 292.5 0
Moto2 2010–2012 2010 Qatar 2010 Italy 2010 Italy 51 8 19 5 13 570 0
MotoGP 2013–2017 2013 Qatar 2015 Qatar 2016 Austria 69 1 7 2 3 468 0
Total 2005–Present 197 13 31 10 17 1330.5 0

Races by year[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap of the race)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2005 125cc Aprilia SPA
21
POR
26
CHN
18
FRA
23
ITA
16
CAT
11
NED
26
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
CZE
11
JPN
13
MAL
18
QAT
19
AUS
Ret
TUR
10
VAL
15
20th 20
2006 125cc Aprilia SPA
15
QAT
13
TUR
15
CHN
13
FRA
9
ITA
DSQ
CAT
17
NED
Ret
GBR
17
GER
24
CZE MAL
Ret
AUS JPN POR VAL 22nd 15
2007 125cc Aprilia QAT
15
SPA
12
TUR
9
CHN
11
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
17
GBR
15
NED
20
GER
24
CZE
Ret
RSM
14
POR
18
JPN
10
AUS
20
MAL
18
VAL
20
20th 26
2008 125cc Aprilia QAT
14
SPA
18
POR
11
CHN
1
FRA
5
ITA
12
CAT
Ret
GBR
Ret
NED
8
GER
11
CZE
9
RSM
6
IND
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
4
MAL
10
VAL
6
10th 106
2009 125cc Aprilia QAT
1
JPN
1
SPA
19
FRA
7
ITA
Ret
CAT
1
NED
4
GER
7
GBR
Ret
CZE
3
IND
Ret
RSM
Ret
POR
Ret
AUS
8
MAL
8
VAL
Ret
7th 125.5
2010 Moto2 Speed Up QAT
19
SPA
Ret
FRA
4
ITA
1
GBR
12
NED
1
CAT
13
GER
2
CZE
3
IND
4
RSM
Ret
ARA
1
JPN
13
MAL
3
AUS
3
POR
21
VAL
2
3rd 199
2011 Moto2 Suter QAT
2
SPA
1
POR
13
FRA
Ret
CAT
15
GBR
16
NED
12
ITA
5
GER
14
CZE
1
IND
11
RSM
3
ARA
2
JPN
1
AUS
8
MAL
9
VAL
11
3rd 177
2012 Moto2 Speed Up QAT
2
SPA
14
POR
5
FRA
4
CAT
1
GBR
4
NED
2
GER
16
ITA
1
IND
9
CZE
4
RSM
3
ARA
4
JPN
17
MAL
5
AUS
Ret
VAL
11
3rd 194
2013 MotoGP Ducati QAT
9
AME
10
SPA
Ret
FRA
11
ITA
13
CAT
Ret
NED
13
GER
DNS
USA IND
11
CZE
9
GBR
11
RSM
Ret
ARA
10
MAL
Ret
AUS
8
JPN
14
VAL
Ret
12th 57
2014 MotoGP Ducati QAT
10
AME
7
ARG
6
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
7
CAT
9
NED
6
GER
5
IND
Ret
CZE
5
GBR
8
RSM
5
ARA
Ret
JPN
6
AUS
Ret
MAL
DNS
VAL
22
10th 102
2015 MotoGP Ducati QAT
3
AME
5
ARG
4
SPA
6
FRA
5
ITA
2
CAT
4
NED
4
GER
5
IND
5
CZE
4
GBR
8
RSM
7
ARA
4
JPN
Ret
AUS
3
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret
5th 188
2016 MotoGP Ducati QAT
Ret
ARG
Ret
AME
3
SPA
7
FRA
Ret
ITA
3
CAT
Ret
NED
5
GER
5
AUT
1
CZE
8
GBR
Ret
RSM
DNS
ARA
DNS
JPN AUS MAL
Ret
VAL
3
9th 112
2017 MotoGP Suzuki QAT
Ret
ARG
16
AME
7
SPA
Ret
FRA
10
ITA
10
CAT
16
NED GER CZE AUT GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 15th* 21*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrea Iannone". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Talmacsi e Iannone con il Team Speedup". MotoGrandPrix.it (in Italian). Motomondiale. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Iannone offers apology to Espargaro". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 4 July 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "First double pole by Iannone at Assen". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Another Iannone runaway at Assen". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 26 June 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  6. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (4 July 2010). "Takahashi takes maiden victory". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Margaria, Alice (5 November 2011). "Iannone to test the Gresini Honda". GPOne. Buffer Overflow srl. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Suddaby, Louis (8 April 2012). "Marquez Takes Thrilling Last Lap Win In Qatar". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Iannone wins Catalunya thriller". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Iannone still suffering with injured shoulder". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "MotoGP Losail: Emotional Iannone overwhelmed by Qatar podium". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Rossi wins in Argentina after clashing with Marquez". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 

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