Andrea Iannone returned to the paddock after the CAS ruling, which disqualified him for four years. He arrived in Valencia to greet all the people in the paddock who were close to him and, of course, the Aprilia staff who have supported him in this affair from the beginning.
“I need to detoxify a bit from this situation that’s lasted one year,” he said in an interview with Sky. “ I had to come to thank the MotoGP family who supported me and see the people who work in Aprilia. Massimo Rivola is an extraordinary person, like all those in the Piaggio Group. They supported me from start to finish. My fans were also fantastic, I will never forget that.”
Iannone will not be able to race until 2023, and now he’ll have to figure out what will be of his future. He still wants the world championship to be part of his life.
“For the moment, I still feel like a rider. I still have to digest what happened,” he explained. “Many paths could open up. So far, I haven’t accepted any other proposal. I’d like to stay in the paddock. In what way and in what capacity, we’ll find out. I grew up in this world and have knowledge that could be useful.”