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Moto2: Iannone returns to Speed Up frame

Andrea Iannone back on a Speed Up chassis for Moto2 2012.
Andrea Iannone has revealed that he will return to using a Speed Up chassis for the 2012 Moto2 season.

The Italian took three wins, five poles and finished third in the championship using a Speed Up frame during the inaugural 2010 season.

Iannone then switched to a Suter design for his 2011 move to Speed Master, with which he once again took three wins and third in the championship.

Remaining with Speed Master, the 22-year-old had been registered as using an FTR chassis for the forthcoming season, but has made a late change to Speed Up.

The 2010 'Speed Up' was a modified version of an FTR, but the 2012 Speed Up seems to be completely independent.

“We have a new chassis and a new swing-arm from Speed Up, and we might even come to Jerez [the official test from March 19-21] with new fairings,” Iannone told motogp.com. “The swing-arm will be in carbon fibre, and the frame definitely has an innovative design compared to the others.

"The bike feels good so we decided to run it this year, because from the start it wasn't worse than the FTR, so from here out we will only be equal, if not better. The potential is there, it just needs to be developed."

Iannone, behind only Toni Elias and Marc Marquez on the Moto2 win list, also admitted he had offers to move up to MotoGP this year, but believes his career will be better served if he can win the intermediate title.

"I had some interesting opportunities to switch to MotoGP, especially from the Pramac Ducati team, but right now I'm happy to stay in Moto2 and I'll have a year to think about it," said Iannone.

"Will I race in MotoGP in 2013 with a good bike like a Yamaha, Honda or Ducati? That's easier to say if you have a title in your pocket! Time will tell!"

Speed Master will graduate to MotoGP this year, running Mattia Pasini as a CRT entry on the Aprilia ART bike.


Tagged as: moto2 , Andrea Iannone

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lean two

March 08, 2012 5:02 PM

"I had some interesting opportunities to switch to MotoGP, especially from the Pramac Ducati team, but right now I'm happy to stay in Moto2 and I'll have a year to think about it," said Iannone. Best decision ever....



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