Andrea Iannone will leave Suzuki to join the Aprilia MotoGP team next year after confirmation from the Japanese manufacturer that it will part ways with the Italian.
Pre-empting Suzuki’s statement ahead of last weekends Mugello GP, Iannone revealed he would be leaving Suzuki after 2018.
“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.”
The Italian will join Aleix Espargaro at Aprilia next season, the third different teammate in three years.
We are yet to hear of a concrete answer on who will join Suzuki in his place.