Andrea Iannone and team boss Davide Brivio have dismissed speculation that the Italian might leave Suzuki at the end of this season.

Rumours at the Catalunya MotoGP linked Iannone with a possible move to Aprilia.

During Monday's official test, Aprilia Racing boss Romano Albesiano duly confirmed they are "talking to other riders", as a contingency in case rookie Sam Lowes does not "show some improvement".

But, speaking in the paddock shortly afterwards, both Iannone and Brivio stressed they have a deal in place until the end of 2018.

"I have a two-year contract with Suzuki," declared Iannone, a race winner for Ducati last year, but currently just 15th in the world championship on the GSX-RR.

"I accepted this challenge and I remain here, for sure. People maybe ask about me, but I have two-year contract with this manufacturer.

"Our performance is not at the right level, but I believe a lot in this project, in this group, and it's a big challenge for me to arrive at the top with this bike."

Brivio also claimed it was a case of smoke without any fire.

"About this rumour, I don't know. Maybe somebody might think that, being a difficult moment, something strange can happen.

"But it's not the case. We have a contract and we are thinking only on how to fix the problems [with the bike]. It's as simple as that."

By Peter McLaren

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It was not up to Suzuki the way Vinales has chosen to go. So, what's the point of what Suzuki is realising now?They decided for Iannone, who won for Ducati after six barren years.Maybe Zarco would have been a better option, but it was arguably so, by that time.

Its just not working for Iannone & Suzuki yet, but maybe he would get a hang of things? Perhaps since its a completely new team, they have to start all over again? Big mistake by Suzuki to let go of Aleix Esp as well.

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Rockstar84: Its just not working for Iannone & Suzuki yet, but maybe he would get a hang of things? Perhaps since its a completely new team, they have to start all over again? Big mistake by Suzuki to let go of Aleix Esp as well.[\blockquote]

It's not a completely new team though. It's in it's 3rd season.[\blockquote]

Both the riders are new, the team needs to know what they want and rework the setups, and the riders got to understand the plus & minuses of the machine. Complete new learning phase for everyone.

Perhaps the self proclaimed Maniac just isn't as fast anymore, he was pretty close to being downright dangerous and on the absolute limit ?

Aprillia Should go after Jack Miller if he's not renewed by a Honda team.

Rockstar84: Its just not working for Iannone & Suzuki yet, but maybe he would get a hang of things? Perhaps since its a completely new team, they have to start all over again? Big mistake by Suzuki to let go of Aleix Esp as well.[\blockquote]

It's not a completely new team though. It's in it's 3rd season.

CS46: I wonder why Jlo is given ample time to adjust whereas AI is expected to produce straightaway.

Yes Jlo was moving from the best bike of the Grid and AI the opposite. However the learning time for both riders will be more or less the same.

Actually this year is all about learning for the guys, its the same case for Sam Lowes as well.

Mav is in a different situation though, he is a true find just like Marc and Casey and Vale. All these guys jumped on a new bike and won straightaway. Also Zarco can be in the mix, however I want to see him consistently perform in his second year as well.

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You have to be joking? Who's given JLo ample time?
Iannone should be doing better than the back of the grid though...

I, as many other probably did, expected a lot more from Iannone on the Suzuki, a smoother more manageable bike compared to the Ducati should've seen him on the podium.

Maybe Suzuki are realising just what they had in Vinales and that the rider is a very key factor to success in MotoGP.

I wonder why Jlo is given ample time to adjust whereas AI is expected to produce straightaway.

Yes Jlo was moving from the best bike of the Grid and AI the opposite. However the learning time for both riders will be more or less the same.

Actually this year is all about learning for the guys, its the same case for Sam Lowes as well.

Mav is in a different situation though, he is a true find just like Marc and Casey and Vale. All these guys jumped on a new bike and won straightaway. Also Zarco can be in the mix, however I want to see him consistently perform in his second year as well.

I recall in days gone by that Suzuki used to have bogey tracks where the bike just didn't work but this seems to be the case everywhere this year.

Looking at the test times:

AI 46.3 AR 46.4 SG 47.0

Even Crazy Joe being fastest of the 3 is no consolation when its 2.3 off the pace.

The (very) small consolation is at least rookie Rins returning from injury is faster than Guinters

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