Andrea Iannone stated today at the Italian Grand Prix that he will not be riding the Suzuki MotoGP bike in 2019. Iannone says he has plenty of opportunities for 2019 and will be announcing his plans soon. Most peg him for a ride at Aprilia, although there are FOURTEEN races remaining on the 2018 MotoGP schedule.
The grand Iannone failure at Suzuki has been well documented but what begs further scrutiny is the ‘who made these frickin’ decisions?! at Suzuki’s MotoGP team.
Start here: Suzuki had MotoGP race-winner Maverick Vinales under contract. They were unable to get him to sign a new contract to stay with Suzuki.
Even a bigger land mine of error: Suzuki had MotoGP Superman Johan Zarco signed for 2017/18–he tested the Suzuki MotoGP bike–yet somehow they even gave him the brush off, which left him open to sign with Tech 3. Instead Suzuki signed Iannone, which in part led the team to lose pace for almost the entire 2017 season.