The FIM has taken due note of the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision to impose a four-year period of ineligibility on 31-year-old Andrea Iannone.
The period of ineligibility begins on the 17th of December 2019.
This effectively puts an end to his career as a professional motorcycle rider.
Could we see Cal Crutchlow take up a seat with Aprilia in 2021..? Or will Jorge Lorenzo stage a comeback…?
Aprilia Racing acknowledges the decision of the Losanna TAS and the four-year sanction for Andrea Iannone.
The ethical and sporting values to which Aprilia Racing has always aspired include zero tolerance for any practices prohibited by the regulations and require the acceptance and observance of judgements even though, on this occasion, it is a hard decision that seems to go well beyond what the papers, the scientific evidence and even the previous judgement issued by the International Federation indicated.
From the beginning of this matter, Aprilia Racing chose to stand by their rider and even at this time, as a matter of consistency, they support him, having believed and continuing to believe that he acted in good faith.
Massimo Rivola – Aprilia Racing CEO
“Judgements must be observed and accepted, even if many elements of this decision arouse perplexities, even from a purely scientific point of view. We do not regret having stood by Andrea and, to the contrary, we continue to stand by him at this time. This matter, with its extremely long times, has heavily damaged Aprilia Racing and our strategies for this and upcoming seasons. However, we must now look to the future, and it is our duty to quickly find a high-level solution that embraces the project we began with Andrea and that allows us to continue our growth, which is there and is clearly evident.”
Andrea Iannone Statement
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Oggi ho subito la più grande ingiustizia che potessi ricevere. Mi hanno strappato il cuore separandomi dal mio grande amore. Le motivazioni sono prive di senso logico e con dati di fatto sbagliati. Per questo ci sarà luogo e tempo opportuni…perché di certo non mi arrendo. Sapevo di affrontare i poteri forti, ma speravo. Speravo nell’onestà intellettuale e nell’affermazione della giustizia. In questo momento soffro come di più non potrei. Ma chi ha cercato di distruggere la mia vita, presto capirà quanta forza ho dentro il cuore. La forza dell’innocenza e soprattutto…la coscienza pulita. Una sentenza può modificare gli eventi ma non l’uomo. 🇬🇧 Today i’ve received the worst injustice i could ever have imagined. They ripped my heart apart from my greatest love. No logical sense on these allegation accompanied by incorrect facts. For this there will be an appropriate place and time … because I certainly do not give up. I knew I was facing the strong powers, but I was hoping. I was hoping for intellectual honesty and the affirmation of justice. Right now I am suffering at the highest level i could imagine. Whoever has tried to destroy my life will soon understand how much strength I have in my heart. The power of innocence and above all, a clear conscience. A sentence can modify the events but not the MAN.
Please find attached the CAS Media Release below detailing the decision concerning Iannone