Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: New York, New York
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.