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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-19-2016, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Iannone Signs with Suzuki

Crazy Joe has officially signed a two year deal with Suzuki for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. It will be interesting to compare his results next year alongside both Vinales and Dovi, albeit for somewhat different reasons.

As the general consensus essentially recognizes the Yamaha M1 as easily being the best bike overall in MotoGP, there will be added pressure on Vinales to deliver positive results sooner rather than later, without the same degree of urgency had he remained with Suzuki. If Iannone consistently outperforms Maverick, it will raise questions whether or not he made the right decision with many believing that staying with Suzuki would have enabled him to continue to develop his racecraft without a heavier burden of expectations. Combined with the fact that he's still the youngest rider out there, in two years time, he could have chosen to graduate from Suzuki (if the bike was not yet the title contender expected) and literally taken his own pick of any factory ride, particularly considering how old Pedrosa and Dovi will be at the end of their deals with Honda and Ducati respectively.

Anything worse than a 4th place finish in next season's Championship will have to be regarded as a disappointment unless he manages to at least sprinkle in some stellar performances in the manner of several pole positions and 2 or more race wins.


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I think it's a good match. The suzuki is almost there, and if Iannone can keep his head on straight, and not fall off, they could be a serious contender...
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I think it's a good match. The suzuki is almost there, and if Iannone can keep his head on straight, and not fall off, they could be a serious contender...
I would agree 100%

I want to see the Suzi do well and him staying would have helped that happen i am betting but Iannone is a good rider capable of helping that team along if they rope in his crazy stuff


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The last two races, once he's managed to clear the masses of slower traffic resulting from his shitty starts, Vinales has been matching the pace of the front runners. I don't know whether it's his fault or a problem with the bike but I'm somewhat inclined to believe it's the former and not the latter because the bike has already proven itself to have excellent acceleration and overall speed.

Practicing his race starts is something that Maverick and Suzuki just need to work on until they can execute them with consistent proficiency, regardless of whether it's a rider, an equipment/software issue or some combination therein.

Few would argue that Lorenzo is the strongest at getting great launches/race starts. Marquez' starts, on the other hand, have been average at best throughout his career (even when the Honda didn't have the acceleration problems it currently suffers from) but he's almost always been able to make up for it by being able to quickly slice and dice his way through most of the slower traffic ahead of him so he doesn't lose too much time (or wear out his tires) catching up and placing himself in and among the front runners.

In the hands of an established alien, I sincerely believe the Suzuki is capable of winning races right now.


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While we wouldn't see a title in his time I'd love to see rossi @ Suzuki moving development on to make it a true front runner. Development is an area people often forget he is very good in, and few are good at. Not just racecraft.

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I am more skeptical of Suzuki's long term success than most of you. While they are doing great right now, I fully expect Honda to come back really strong next year and make a step improvement. Usually Honda or Yamaha have the ability to sustain themselves at the front and if falling behind, they can react and catch up. If either Honda/Yamaha take another step by end of season or next year, it will be interesting to follow if Suzuki and Ducati can keep up.

Given that, I think Maverick will have the most successful year next year. I would have him down for a couple of podiums and maybe a win or two. Ianonne will have his chance at the spotlight too, but I don't see him being consistent all year and Dovi will be relegated to 2nd fiddle once JLo shows up.

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