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MotoGP Italy: Iannone: There was a ‘possibility’ to remain iatDucati

"in the end it is better I start this new adventure" - Andrea Iannone.
Andrea Iannone has suggested his departure from Ducati was partially down to some contractual issues he was not completely satisfied with.

Earlier this week the Italian factory announced that team-mate Andrea Dovizioso had been re-signed to partner Jorge Lorenzo next season, with Iannone subsequently named at Suzuki.

“Is a big, big change for me because for 2017 and 2018 I come to Suzuki. I'm very, very happy for this because I think is very important for me,” Iannone said at Mugello on Thursday. “I'll be a first rider at the factory and Suzuki have shown a very good project.

“For sure after four years in Ducati, I've had some great moments and they have supported me since 2013. Thanks a lot for everything - I got my first podium in MotoGP with this factory and we are in a good moment. But okay, the future is different and for sure I'm very, very excited.”

Pressed on his Ducati departure, Iannone added: “So Ducati decide in this way and for sure I have a possibility to remain in Ducati. But some part of the contract did not satisfy me at 100 percent. I want to change a little bit some parts, but this is not possible and I have a very good opportunity and proposal from Suzuki. For me in the end it is better I start this new adventure.

“Now I want to focus 100 percent on this season because we have a lot of races and it's very important to finish in a good way, good results because I think me and Ducati have a very good potential this year. For sure I want to continue to push at 100 percent.”

Iannone - on pole at Mugello last season - has fallen out of three of the five races this season, while holding a podium place on each occasion.

Tagged as: Ducati , Suzuki , Iannone

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