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FIM Provisionally Suspends Andrea Iannone for Failing Doping Test

Aprilia’s Andrea Iannone has reportedly failed a doping test during this year’s Malaysian MotoGP event. The FIM has provisionally suspended Iannone, who is banned from participating in motorcycle competition pending further proceedings. Iannone has the right to demand a test of a B sample of his urine.

Iannone has had a bit of a roller coaster ride since moving to the Aprilia team, but has one MotoGP win to his credit while at Ducati. Should Iannone lose his spot on the factory squad, Aprilia test rider Bradley Smith might be a logical replacement.


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24 Comments

  1. Gutterslob says:

    You kinda knew he was on some kind of substance when that video of him trying to break into his own car with a hammer circulated.

  2. Dave says:

    If this sticks (don’t know how he’ll escape), he’ll be out for a minimum of 2 years and probably not welcomed back by his current employer. This is likely the end of his career. I wonder who’ll ride the Ape?

  3. Grover says:

    Maybe he should have tried ginseng to enhance his performance instead of Viagra. It’s all natural, you know.

  4. Hot Dog says:

    Hey, I had a couple of beers and somebody passed me a joint. Can you lighten up?

  5. mickey says:

    Well, that’s not good. I hope he has been saving his lire.

  6. Shoeman says:

    After another week of no new content from Motorcycle Daily, why focus on a failed drug test as the first posting in a week? There are other far more positive and interesting stories MD could be posting:
    1: Rossi and Hamilton swapping F1/Moto GP machinery in a fun off-season test.
    2: Rossi’s 3rd place finish Sunday in the Gulf 12 Hours.
    3: Feel good story of the year: Wayne Rainey riding again at the Suzuka circuit with Lawson and Roberts.
    4: Tom Cruise riding the Ninja 900 and H2 in the 2nd Top Gun Maverick preview.
    5: Yoshimura out as MotoAmerica competitor.

    I love MD, but am frustrated with the lack of regular new content.

  7. Rando says:

    Anabolic steroids. Strange choice for weight-conscious racers…

  8. dt-175 says:

    what’d he test positive for, rogaine?

    • Dave says:

      From another site’s report:

      “Iannone’s failed sample included a non-specified substance under Section 1.1.a Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) “

    • Gary says:

      Don’t laugh. You’d be amazed how fast you can go when you snort rogaine!

      • TimC says:

        One of the great regrets of my life is when I’d moved from bike interest to car interest (I didn’t ride till much later in life) I got rid of all my saved Cycle Worlds. Which means lost to the mists of time is the “Slipstream” which just had a guy stopped on his bike on the track, and another guy standing there. Caption: “Here, smoke one of these, and you’ll ride like the wind.”

        It was years before I got the joke, for that matter.

      • Rhinestone Kawboy says:

        To hell with going fast, at this point, I’d rather have a full head of hair! 🙂