Entering his seventh season in the MotoGP series, Italian rider Andrea Iannone rides on with the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini! After four years with Ducati and two years with Suzuki, Iannone presses on with his new teammate Aleix Espargaro. After joining Suzuki, Iannone’s performance began on a steep linear descent with consistent improvement year to year. His speed index rate of improvement from 2016 on shows promise as he makes great strides in fine tuning his riding and skill set. We have high hopes for Iannone as he collaborates with the Aprilia team and are impatiently awaiting that first Grand Prix in Qatar!
Below we have provided graphs tracking both his average speed index as well as his average consistency index over time. These graphs represent an annual average with all races combined for the past 5 years. If you are unfamiliar with our indexes, a rider’s speed index is calculated from sector times for every circuit of every race. A rider’s consistency index quantifies their ability to keep consistency sector times on a lap by lap basis. For both indexes, a smaller value = faster sector times with little variation (high consistency).
Andrea Iannone raced with the Ducati team from 2014 – 2016 and was a factory rider for Suzuki from 2017 through 2018.
What do we hope to see from Andrea Iannone as he enters the 2019 season? A graceful ease into the new season with indexes aligning with his 2018 performance. In order to maintain his linear momentum in his MotoGP career, Iannone must utilize his skills from the Suzuki and find a smooth transition onto his new bike without sacrificing his competitive performance. Consistency will be key as his drive for speed may be less aggressive until he finds harmony with the new bike.