MotoGP's Iannone confident he'll be cleared of drugs test offence

Aprilia MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone says he was "surprised" to receive a provisional suspension over a potential doping violation, but has "every confidence" he will be cleared of any wrongdoing

MotoGP's Iannone confident he'll be cleared of drugs test offence

Motorcycle racing's governing body FIM announced on Tuesday that a prohibited substance, falling under the category of anabolic androgenic steroids, was found in Iannone's urine sample collected during the penultimate MotoGP round of 2019 at Sepang in Malaysia.

This triggered a provisional suspension for Iannone and means that he now awaits an International Disciplinary Court hearing that could yield a final sanction.

In a statement posted on social media, Iannone said that he will seek a "counter-analysis", which potentially indicates that he will request a test of his B sample.

His suspension would be voided if it returned negative.

"I'm totally relaxed, and I want to reassure my fans and Aprilia Racing," Iannone's statement read.

"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.

"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."

While Iannone claims that he has received "no official communication over the matter", Article 14.3.1 of the FIM Anti-Doping Code states that "the identity of any rider who is asserted by FIM to have committed an anti-doping rule violation may be publicly disclosed by FIM only after notice has been provided to the rider".

Iannone's employer Aprilia has yet to release a statement regarding the matter. Iannone tested positive for a 'non-specified substance'.

This means if he is not cleared by the B sample, article 10.2.1.1 of the FIM Anti-Doping Code states he would need to prove that the violation was unintentional to avoid a four-year ban.

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