The Go Eleven boss was persuaded to sign the Iannone / World Superbike Championship deal

The Go Eleven boss was persuaded to sign the Iannone / World Superbike Championship deal

With Andrea Iannone, the Ducati Go Eleven team is under special scrutiny in the 2024 World Superbike Championship. How the agreement with the famous Italian and MotoGP and the use of doping came about.

The Go Eleven team has experience with famous pilots. In 2008, Max Biaggi rode his second Superbike season for the Italian team and managed seven podium finishes. At the time, the six-time world champion (4x 250cc, 2x SBK) was still a diva before becoming more accessible over the years in a series-oriented paddock.

Perhaps that is why team owner Gianni Ramello had reservations when it came to the possible signing of Andrea Iannone for the 2024 World Superbike Championship last year. “It was an idea from my son Elia. He pissed me off for a whole month and kept telling me that we should have taken Andrea,” the Italian revealed to our colleagues. GPOne. “I wasn’t too sure because it’s not easy to manage a driver with reputation and bad reputation in a private team. You can have problems!”

In the end, the balance of risk and opportunity spoke in favor of the former MotoGP pilot. “We met him for the first time in Misano. He had an open mind because he had already spoken to Ducati and Dall’Igna. “We completed everything in Imola,” Ramello revealed. “I’m someone who doesn’t think too much. Once I set my mind to something, I have to do it. That’s enough. About him: I didn’t participate in the first test with Andrea, but in Australia he surprised me with his way of working. He is very inspiring and asks everyone’s questions. I thought it would be difficult. But I liked him in the race because he is so accurate.”

Iannone guarantees media attention and sporting success: in the first two meetings of the season at Phillip Island and in Barcelona, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​go ites from the front row and got third and second place on the podium!