Suzuki MotoGP rider Iannone 'surprised' if people still doubt him

Suzuki MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone says he is "surprised" if people still doubt his ability after scoring a second strong result in as many races at Phillip Island

Suzuki MotoGP rider Iannone 'surprised' if people still doubt him

The Italian spent much of last weekend's Australian Grand Prix fighting in the lead group before eventually finishing sixth, and also enjoyed a strong run to fourth in the rain at Motegi a week earlier.

Iannone, who this season has been criticised by the likes of Cal Crutchlow and Suzuki legend Kevin Schwantz, said he hoped his two most recent performances would remind people how competitive he could be.

"Considering how many times I had to hear about my results with Suzuki, this [strong performance at Phillip Island] definitely satisfies me a lot," said Iannone.

"Today I heard people say they remembered how strong I am. But I never forgot it and I never stopped believing in my potential.

"I tried to keep my head down and get back to where we should be, and I'm surprised if anyone still has any doubts."

Iannone said the flowing nature of the Phillip Island track played to the strengths of the manufacturer's GSX-RR bike, with few heavy acceleration zones and long periods at full lean.

"[Phillip Island] is a good track for us," he said. "We have the bike most of the time at an angle, and Suzuki bike at an angle is one of the best bikes."

Iannone is uncertain whether the final two tracks of the season at Sepang and Valencia will be as favourable.

He was competitive at Sepang during pre-season testing, but does not know whether Suzuki will be as competitive after his choice of engine specification for the 2017 season.

"We hope to be competitive enough in the last two races as well, even though on paper they look difficult," he added. "Let's see what will happen.

"During the test [we were] in a different situation, I ended up in second position and we finished with a good result.

"But now it's completely different.

"In the winter we made a mistake [with the engine], at the moment I don't know what to expect."

shares
comments
Michael van der Mark to replace Jonas Folger for Sepang MotoGP race

Previous article

Michael van der Mark to replace Jonas Folger for Sepang MotoGP race

Next article

Vinales switches focus to beating Dovizioso to MotoGP runner-up spot

Vinales switches focus to beating Dovizioso to MotoGP runner-up spot
Load comments
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Plus

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Plus

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest Plus

How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Plus

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Plus

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Plus

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the circuit's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How MotoGP's record smasher is facing his toughest challenge Plus

How MotoGP's record smasher is facing his toughest challenge

The 2020 MotoGP season was an utterly enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if thought it the world championship was a poorer place without its biggest star Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021