Intensive R&D work of more than one decade has demonstrated many unique coating properties, particularly for oxide ceramic coatings fabricated by suspension thermal spraying technology. Suspension spraying allows producing yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thermal barrier coatings (TBC) with columnar microstructure, similar to those produced by electron-beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD), and vertically cracked morphologies, with a generally low thermal conductivity. Therefore, suspension sprayed YSZ TBCs are seen as an alternative to EB-PVD coatings and those produced by conventional air plasma spray (APS) processes. Nonetheless, the microstructure of the YSZ topcoat is strongly influenced by the properties of the metallic bondcoat. In this work, direct laser interference patterning (DLIP) was applied to texture the surface topography of Ni-alloy based plasma sprayed bondcoat. Suspension plasma spraying (SPS) was applied to produce YSZ coatings on top of as-sprayed and laser-patterned bondcoat. The samples were characterized in terms of microstructure, phase composition and thermal cycling performance. The influence of the bondcoat topography on the properties of suspension sprayed YSZ coatings is presented and discussed.