Andrea Iannone

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Andrea Iannone
Andrea Iannone (cropped).jpg
NationalityItalian
Born (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 (age 29)[1]
Vasto, Italy
Current teamAprilia Racing Team Gresini
Bike number29
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years2013
ManufacturersDucati, Suzuki, Aprilia
Championships0
2018 championship position10th (133 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
109 1 11 2 3 683
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20102012
ManufacturersSpeed Up, Suter
Championships0
2012 championship position3rd (194 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
51 8 19 5 13 570
125cc World Championship
Active years20052009
ManufacturersAprilia
Championships0
2009 championship position7th (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 motorcycle racer who currently competes in the world championship at MotoGP level, for Aprilia Racing Team Gresini.[2]

Early life[edit]

Iannone was born in the Adriatic coastal town of Vasto, on August 9, 1989. His interest in bikes came at a very early age with mini motos. Iannone has one older brother.

Career[edit]

125cc World Championship[edit]

Born in Vasto, Province of Chieti, Iannone 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 125 cc 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]

2015[edit]

For the 2015 season, Iannone replaced Cal Crutchlow at Ducati Corse, and partnered Andrea Dovizioso. 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.

2016[edit]

Ducati kept their line up for 2016 and he began the season well, leading at Losail for 6 laps before low-siding, allowing his teammate to overtake. The following Grand Prix in Argentina saw Iannone in 3rd before attempting a last lap overtake of his teammate Dovizioso, resulting in both riders falling. Iannone was penalised by Race Direction with a penalty point and three grid places at the next round in Austin.[13] Despite these punishments, Iannone finished his first race of the season on the podium with 3rd place, behind winner Marc Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo, ending his run of four consecutive race retirements starting at the previous years Malaysian Grand Prix. He scored points Spain, retired in France and then got the fastest lap on route to 3rd at his home race at Mugello. He raced aggressively at Catalunya, and eliminated Lorenzo from 5th place, giving winner Marquez a 10 point championship lead.

Iannone scored points at the Dutch TT and Germany and then at Austria came his best race weekend of the season and of his career so far. His pace was evident throughout the weekend as he finished in the top two of every session apart from the first practice session, in which he was third. He started the race from pole position and although he briefly lost the lead at the end of lap one, he regained it before his teammate took it from him and led between laps 10 and 20. Iannone took the lead again and led until the finish winning from his teammate by 0.938 seconds whilst also claiming another fastest lap. It was Ducati's first MotoGP win since 2010 and Iannone's first MotoGP win, and to date is his only win. He finished 8th in Brno and then came the British round of the championship. At Silverstone, he qualified on the third row in 8th place and fought his way through the field. Around the halfway mark of the race, he began to have fatigue in his right forearm which made the bike difficult to control. He arrived at turn 17 on lap 14, turned late, hit a bump, and crashed out.[14]

At the San Marino Grand Prix, Iannone had a low-side crash at the fast turn 15, he appeared unharmed but checks revealed he had fractured his T3 vertebrae which ruled him out of the rest of the weekend.[15][16] He took part in practice 1 at the following race two weeks later in Aragon after being cleared to race, but was still having pain so decided to withdraw from the race weekend. He still wasn't 100% fit to race in both Japan and Australia. In total he missed four races and returned in Malaysia where he crashed out from 3rd on lap 12. It was the fourth time he had retired from a podium position in 2016. He finished the year strongly with a podium in his final race for Ducati. He showed pace throughout the season but lacked consistency and even with missing four races, he finished 9th in standings with 112 points.

Team Suzuki Ecstar (2017-2018)[edit]

On May 19, 2016, Team Suzuki Ecstar announced that Iannone had signed with the outfit for 2 seasons as a factory rider.[17] Iannone paired at Suzuki with MotoGP rookie Álex Rins.

In 2018 ahead of his home Italian Grand Prix, Iannone announced that he and Suzuki would part ways at the end of the season.[18]

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini (2019-2020)[edit]

During the 2018 season, Iannone signed with the Aprilia factory-supported Aprilia Racing Team Gresini on a 2-year deal partnering incumbent rider Aleix Espargaró.[19]

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 season[edit]

Season Class Motocycle Type Team Number Races Win Podium Pole FLap 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 29 18 0 0 0 0 70 13th
2018 MotoGP Suzuki Suzuki GSX-RR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 29 18 0 4 0 0 133 10th
2019 MotoGP Aprilia Aprilia RS-GP Aprilla Racing Team Gresini 29 8 0 0 0 0 21* 15th*
Total 237 13 35 10 17 1545.5

By class[edit]

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Races Wins Podiums Poles FLaps 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 2013–2019 2013 Qatar 2015 Qatar 2016 Austria 109 1 11 2 3 683 0
Total 2005–Present 237 13 35 10 17 1545.5 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 19 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
WD
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
9
GER
Ret
CZE
19
AUT
11
GBR
Ret
RSM
Ret
ARA
12
JPN
4
AUS
6
MAL
17
VAL
6
13th 70
2018 MotoGP Suzuki QAT
9
ARG
8
AME
3
SPA
3
FRA
Ret
ITA
4
CAT
10
NED
11
GER
12
CZE
10
AUT
13
GBR
C
RSM
8
ARA
3
THA
11
JPN
Ret
AUS
2
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret
10th 133
2019 MotoGP Aprilia QAT
14
ARG
17
AME
12
SPA
DNS
FRA
Ret
ITA
15
CAT
11
NED
10
GER
13
CZE
AUT
GBR
RSM
ARA
THA
JPN
AUS
MAL
VAL
15th* 21*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "#ArgentinaGP: Lessons Learnt". motogp.com. 2016-04-04. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
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  18. ^ }"Iannone confirms Suzuki split at the end of the season". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
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