The only thing that’s certain at the moment is that Andrea Iannone will practically miss out on the whole season. In fact, WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) has requested a postponement of the hearing in which the future of the Aprilia rider will be decided. Iannone was suspended by the FIM until June 2021 for doping.
The Lausanne court accepted the request, and the new date for the hearing is set for October 15th.
If the appeal of Iannone’s lawyers were to also be accepted on the same day and, therefore, the disqualification is annulled, Andrea would be able to participate in only five Grand Prixs.
But this decision puts Aprilia in an even more difficult position, since they have to decide their team for next year without being knowing whether Iannone will be found innocent or not.
“WADA managed to obtain a postponement of the hearing, which will, therefore, be held on October 15th. This obviously puts us and the rider in great difficulty,” Massimo Rivola, CEO of Aprilia Racing, commented in an interview with Sky.
This means that, if the manufacturer in Noale waits for the ruling, it could lose the opportunity to take on riders who are now free (like Crutchlow) but who may no longer be free in October.
“We’ll wait. Our intention is to stay with Andrea. We believe in his innocence,” Rivola confirmed.