- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Vasto, Italy
One of the quickest riders in MotoGP™ on his day, Andrea Iannone oozes talent and autonomy. He made his 125cc grand prix debut in 2005 and scored his first victory in his fourth season.
He moved to the Moto2™ class for its inaugural season where he instantly made a name for himself as a title contender. He finished third overall with eight podiums including three wins.
Best known for his fierce Moto2™ battles with six-time World Champion Marc Marquez, he went on to finish third overall twice before switching to MotoGP™ in 2013 with Pramac Ducati. He adapted quickly and regularly finished in the points, netting the coveted Rookie of the Year award.
With 11 top-10 finishes in just his second season, he was promoted to the factory Ducati for his 2015 campaign where his trajectory to the top looked unstoppable.
He out-performed his more experienced teammate but the self-proclaimed maniac’s 2016 season highlighted his unpredictable race craft.
He claimed Ducati’s first victory since Casey Stoner in 2010, but failed to finish (or start) on 10 occasions, including well-publicised on-track clashes with teammate Jorge Lorenzo. He switched to Suzuki in 2017 and has signed for Aprilia for 2019.
The Italian racer hasn't won a Grand Prix in Australia, but finished a competitve second in 2018 and will be hopeful in maintaining his form heading back to Victoria for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019 at Phillip Island.