Andrea Iannone’s career is seriously in danger; the Italian was suspended for 18 months due to a doping ban after a FIM sentence, but made an appeal and he is still waiting for a response from TAS. His innocence was already proved, but that was not enough to let Iannone free, who is now even more in danger.
Indeed, TAS released yesterday an official statement where they did not tell the date of response, but announced that WADA – world anti doping agency – asked for an even stronger punishment as they want a 4 year ban for Andrea Iannone.
Massimo Rivola was scared of this scenario and talked about this possibility a few days ago and unluckily he was tremendous right. In case of negative response, Aprilia will have to look really quickly for a replacement and it does not seem to be an easy task for them as almost every rider got a seat now.
After the announcement of Aleix Espargaro’s renewal, Aprilia could now focus only on bike development and on Andrea Iannone’s case. The Italian team supported a lot Iannone in this difficult situation and always believed that he is innocent. Now they only have to wait the final response crossing their finger for the best.