Andrea Iannone is adamant that the news that Jorge Lorenzo will be joining Ducati in 2017 will not have a negative influence on the team's performance this season.
Lorenzo, who is the reigning world champion recently signed a two-year deal with Ducati that will see him try and lead the Italian team to glory from 2017 onwards. However, the news means that Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso’s futures at Ducati are now in question.
Speaking to Gazzetta World, Iannone was quick to dismiss the notion that Lorenzo joining the team has unsettled the current Ducati pair. Furthermore, he views next year's prestigious addition as an illustration of how far Ducati have come over the past few years.
"I believe it’s a great thing that Lorenzo is joining, regardless of who remains with him. It shows the work Ducati is doing, so it’s right they look to the top rider and Lorenzo is the right man," Iannone said.
While Iannone is confident that he will warrant a place on the team next year, he was coy about his plans for next season.
"I believe I have a lot to offer the team as I believe in Ducati," he said.
"Having said that I'm not in a rush to decide my future as I'm not interested in talking about the transfer market.
"I've showed what I am capable of, and I just have to put my talent on display."