A former Italian and Spanish national championship competitor, Andrea Iannone’s debut World Championship campaign was in 2005 in the 125cc category. In his fourth full season in 2008 Iannone took a huge step forward, achieving a first victory in China and several top ten results.
This all proved to be a catalyst and the following season the Italian took three wins and a further podium on his way to seventh overall in the 125s. 2010 saw his graduation to the new Moto2™ class and Iannone adapted magnificently, beaten to runner-up spot in the standings by Julian Simon by a margin of just two points after an impressive campaign.
The feisty Italian entered his second season in Moto2™ as one of the title favourites on-board a Suter machine with the Speed Master team, finishing third again in the season’s final results.
Iannone mounted another title challenge in 2012, dropping off towards the tail end of the season but still achieving a third consecutive third place overall. 2013 saw ‘Crazy Joe’ step up to the premier class on-board the Pramac Racing Ducati; although some injuries affected proceedings, he displayed potential including five top ten finishes.
He remained with Pramac for 2014 - riding a Factory specification machine - qualifying on the front row and finishing in the top six on several occasions to earn a move to the official Ducati Team alongside Andrea Dovizioso for 2015.
It was an incredible 2015 season for ‘Maniac Joe’ who ended 2015 in fifth place having taken three podiums, including a stunning second at home in Mugello, and five front row starts, also on pole in Mugello. Both Ducati and Iannone had asserted themselves as real title contenders and entered 2016 with high hopes.