The Italian failed a drug test at the Malaysian MotoGP earlier this year
His future as a racer is uncertain at the moment and if he is officially suspended from the grid, Aprilia will have to find a replacement for the 2020 season.
On November 3rd 2019, a urine sample was collected from Andrea Iannone at an in-competition test carried out by the FIM at the Sepang MotoGP round. A report was made by WADA accredited laboratory in Kreischa b. Dresden (Germany) because they found a non-specified substance under Section 1.1.a) Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) of the 2019 Prohibited List.
The FIM submitted a provisional suspension for Iannone under the Article 7.9.1 of the 2019 FIM Anti-doping Code (CAD). So, from December 17th 2019 Iannone is banned to race in any motorcycling competition. He can request lifting the provisional suspension until the decision is final.
"I'm totally relaxed, and I want to reassure my fans and Aprilia Racing. I am open to any counter analysis in a matter that surprises me, also because – at the moment – I have not received any official communication,” the Italian said on Instagram.
"Over the years, and also this season, I have undergone continuous checks, obviously always proving to be negative, which is why I have every confidence in the positive conclusion of this affair."