22 December 2015
MotoGP Star of the Year vote - 2nd: Andrea Iannone
You vote Andrea Iannone 2nd in Crash.net's MotoGP Star of the Year poll
2nd - Andrea Iannone
Average score out of ten: 7.9
Team: Ducati Team
Bike: Desmosedici GP15 (Factory)
Fastest Laps: 1
Championship points: 188
Championship position: 5th out of 28
Every season, a new name breaks into the sharp end of your Crash.net Star of the Year vote. And in 2015, that rider is Andrea Iannone.
Last year, Open class leader Aleix Espargaro caused a stir by being voted into fourth place. New Factory Ducati signing Iannone has gone two better, sealing an excellent second position with an average score of 7.9 out of 10.
Iannone's third year in the premier-class saw him take his first pole, podiums and fastest lap on the way to a career best fifth in the world championship. The Italian was also the top Desmosedici rider, two places above highly regarded team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.
But, in terms of your vote, the way in which the 26-year-old achieved those results was just as significant.
Despite dislocating his shoulder - twice - during the season, the hard-riding Italian more than held his own during some stunning battles. Highlights included swapping places with reigning double champion Marc Marquez 17 times at Le Mans and forming part of a lead quartet that made 52 passes at Phillip Island.
One of those saw Iannone overtake both Rossi and Marquez in a single move - surely the overtake of the season - while the way he brushed off an earlier collision with a seagull made mainstream media around the world.
After being told of his runner-up result, Iannone sent the following message: “A big thanks to all my fans on Crash.net and in the UK for voting me into second place. What a fantastic surprise! For me 2015 was a great season and I hope next year will be even better!”
If Iannone and Ducati can make a further step next season, few would be surprised if the Italian becomes MotoGP's first new race winner since Marquez in 2013.
About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Riders' World Championship standings, the MotoGP Star of the Year poll expects viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, riding style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.
Over 100,000 votes were cast for the 2015 Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll, where viewers awarding each of this year's participants with a mark out of ten.
2015 MotoGP Star of the Year: Results so far
2nd Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team 7.9
3rd Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha 7.7
4th Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda 7.6
5th Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda 7.19
6th Maverick Vinales SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 7.18
7th Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7.09
8th Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati 6.4
9th Aleix Espargaro SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 6.2
10th Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team 5.9
Full ranking to be revealed after the winner is announced.
Andrea Iannone in the Crash.net MotoGP Star of the Year poll
MotoGP Star of the Year 2015: 2nd
MotoGP Star of the Year 2014: 5th
MotoGP Star of the Year 2013: 13th
MotoGP Star of the Year 2012: N/A
MotoGP Star of the Year 2011: N/A
MotoGP Star of the Year 2010: N/A
MotoGP Star of the Year 2009: N/A
MotoGP Star of the Year 2008: N/A
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