Ducati have decided to part ways with Andrea Iannone to make room for the arrival of Jorge Lorenzo ahead of the 2017 season.
Following the confirmation that the reigning MotoGP champion would be joining the Bologna-based team, it was a straight shootout between Iannone or Andrea Dovizioso for the remaining seat at the team, with Dovizioso
Iannone admitted his disappointment with Ducati’s decision, and expressed his desire to finish the season strongly.
“Obviously I am sorry that my time with Ducati will draw to a close at the end of this season, but I am grateful to the Bologna manufacturer for the opportunity it has given me in the last few years,” he told reporters. “I made my MotoGP debut with Ducati and I have grown up with them, always succeeding in improving my level of performance.
“In the remaining races I will give my all, as I always do, because I am convinced that thanks to the competitiveness of the Desmosedici GP we can achieve some great results.”
Meanwhile, Ducati have confirmed that Dovizioso will race alongside Lorenzo for the 2017 and 2018 campaigns.
“I am very satisfied to have reached this agreement with Ducati and to be able to continue the adventure begun back with them in 2013,” Dovizioso said.
“In the last few years we have worked with a lot of commitment and we have succeeded in taking the Desmosedici GP to an excellent competitive level, and so I am convinced that soon we will obtain the satisfaction that we deserve.”