Andrea Iannone’s suspension was pretty much a shock news for everyone and the whole MotoGP World who surely was not expecting a news like that. The Italian did not have the best Christmas so far and preferred to enjoy his holidays in other ways, but now he is facing one of the most difficult challenges of his entire career.
Iannone has been temporary suspended from racing activity after failing drugs test in occasion of the penultimate race of the season in Sepang and the reason could be something he ate during the period in which MotoGP circus was in Thailandia, Japan, Australia and Malaysia. Of course the Italian rider made an appeal and we are still waiting for some news to come, but for the moment we do not have anything sure.
This is one of the worst things possible for him and Aprilia, who has now to think about the new season with a good doubt by the way in which everyone does not know Andrea Iannone’s future. Noale’s crew has a lot of work to do starting from Sepang’s test, where the Team has some new parts to try to develop the bike as fast as possible. That is the reason why Aprilia is thinking about having Karel Abraham with them for the days of testing, in case Andrea Iannone could not take part of it.
The Czech is free as long as Johann Zarco took his place in Reale Avintia in a really complicated negotiation where Karel Abraham had something to say and surely his words were not good on the crew who litteraly forced him to retire from racing. Anyway, the Czech could jump again on a bike really soon. It all depends on the response of the drug tests, but maybe will not be enough as long as we could have the results even after Sepang’s tests.