Andrea Iannone – 114 GP victories and nine world titles. Valentino Rossi is a MotoGP superstar and an example for the Italian riders. However, what it feels like to be always in the shadow of the old master? The pressure is reduced to a minimum, the luminous figure shows options and goals.
This is Valentino Rossi for young Italians in Moto3 class, funded largely by his VR46 Academy. “We have really strong young riders. We have been improving year after year.” said Andrea Iannone in an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com. “We have made another important step. Because in Moto3 many Italian drivers have increased significantly. This is important for Italy and for me too. Because I believe in the MotI want to Win3 guys and i‘m very happy when they fight for the top positions or for the World Championship. Three or four years ago, we were still in a very difficult situation.”
Andrea Iannone thinks only to Win
“At the moment, I have to focus on myself. It would be too early for me to start promoting future talents. As for the future, I don’t know, but at the moment I have other priorities. It is very important to continue my work. In the future, I want to win. Soon I will be at the top of the MotoGP class and I want to fight for the title.” said Iannone.
And about Rossi and his popularity Andrea Iannone said. “No, No. Yes, he is very strong. I think that it is the best driver in the world and he has many fans. He is one of my friends. I have often spoken to him. In my opinion, it is also very important for me to have a good relationship with him. In the past, I often train with him at the ranch. Now, it is more rare. Because I have many appointments and work after the race. So, I can’t always travel from Vasto to Tavullia. ”
After a short pause Iannone continued with a softer tone. “I think he’s a great example for the Italian riders. Even for me. But I think I have a good chance in the future to be at the top of the MotoGP class. I have improved in recent years, step by step.”