“I [will] not remain at Suzuki,” confirmed Iannone at Mugello – where he announced his ride with Suzuki in 2016 – on Thursday to Autosport. “I will switch to another bike, another manufacturer, but I won’t talk about my future because it’s a little bit [hellish].
“Suzuki talked to me about my future only after the Barcelona test, [it] reflected for a long time, but in any case now it’s sure I won’t remain at Suzuki.”
Suzuki has officially confirmed it will split with Iannone. A team statement said: “Suzuki Motor Corporation announce that its collaboration with Andrea Iannone will come to an end after the 2018 season. Suzuki as a whole would like to wish all the best to Andrea in what is sure to be a bright and successful future.
“During two seasons racing together Andrea has played an integral part in the growth of Suzuki’s MotoGP™ project, as well as assisting in the development of our GSX-RR. All of the Suzuki family are incredibly grateful for his help, and for the positive results achieved during the collaboration.”