With an official press release, Suzuki has confirmed that it will split from Andrea at the end of the season. As we predicted, the Hamamatsu manufacturer has decided to focus on Mir for the next two years, thus ending its relationship with Andrea.
The Italian rider will embark on a new MotoGP adventure, with Aprilia, that particular release expected shortly.
Here below the body of the Suzuki release:
Suzuki Motor Corporation announce that its collaboration with Andrea Iannone will come to an end after the 2018 season. Suzuki as a whole would like to wish all the best to Andrea in what is sure to be a bright and successful future.
During two seasons racing together Andrea has played an integral part in the growth of Suzuki’s MotoGP™ project, as well as assisting in the development of our GSX-RR. All of the Suzuki family are incredibly grateful for his help, and for the positive results achieved during the collaboration.
Naturally, with the 2018 season ongoing, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR and the Suzuki Motor Corporation will provide their utmost support to the Italian as we continue working together for the remainder of the season, looking forward to achieving strong results in the coming races.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR and the Suzuki Motor Corporation are now working on the finalisation of their 2019/2020 rider line-up, and especially in regard to who will partner Alex Rins aboard the Factory GSX-RR. Updates on this will be given in the near future.