A two-year contract, for 2019 and 2020 - this is the agreement between Aprilia and Andrea Iannone, for an all-Italian pairing in MotoGP. The Italian rider, born in 1989, will flank the already confirmed Aleix Espargaró.
The Noale manufacturer is betting on Iannone as his MotoGP adventure reaches a turning point. Andrea is experienced and has proved to be a rider capable of continuously fighting for the podium with the right bike, if not the victory. A significant gamble and one that confirms Aprilia's commitment in MotoGP.
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing manager, expressed his satisfaction: “With Iannone, we have another highly talented and fast rider who is also demonstrating his value this season. His arrival is a sign of the Piaggio Group and Aprilia's growing commitment to the MotoGP programme, where our bike has already demonstrated that it can rely on a valid technical base. Now we need to stay focused on the 2018 season, beginning from the next GP of Barcelona. We have a strong team that has never stopped working hard. We want to keep growing and take the RS-GP where it deserves to be this season, which is still long, with Aleix and Scott, speaking of whom, I wish to thank publicly for his great professionalism and for his consistently high level of commitment.”
Team manager Fausto Gresini stated: “The combination of Iannone and Aprilia will be fantastic - one of the most interesting in MotoGP - and it has the potential to bring great results. Andrea is a strong, fast and concrete rider. I think that he will be able to provide great support for the team and contribute to the development of the bike. And then, there is no denying that it is always a pleasure to have an Italian rider on an Italian bike Welcome, Andrea. Let's have fun!”