Suzuki expecting instant Iannone success
17 November 2016 – Suzuki's Team Manager, Davide Brivio, says that the outfit expects new recruit Andrea Iannone to compete for race victories from the outset in MotoGP next season.
Iannone has joined Suzuki after four seasons riding Ducati machinery, the latter two with the factory squad, claiming a maiden victory at this year's Austrian Grand Prix.
Iannone will be part of an all new line-up at Suzuki for 2017, alongside Álex Rins, with Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró moving to Yamaha and Aprilia respectively.
"We expect a lot from Iannone," said Brivio.
"We signed him because we think he is a strong rider and capable of winning races. We signed him before his first victory in Austria, as we already had the feeling he can be a race winner.
"It's up to us to give him a good package, a good bike, and to set-up the bike in a way that can suit his style.
"With him we started this project, which is to have an experienced rider that can be immediately ready to fight for podium and victory."
Brivio is also confident that Suzuki can utilise its experience of working with Viñales to assist rookie Rins in adapting to the premier class.
Viñales graduated to MotoGP with Suzuki following three years in the third tier and one in Moto2, while Rins has stepped up after taking a similar trajectory, only spending a season longer in Moto2.
"We will exploit the experience we did with Maverick in how to grow a debutant rider," added Brivio.
"[We will] help Alex to grow his skills and to get at ease with a MotoGP machine.
"We still believe he is a talented rider, but we are aware he may need some time to get acquainted to a MotoGP machine; and for this our experience will help."