MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone provisionally banned after drug test failure
The Aprilia rider will appeal the decision
Aprilia MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has been handed a provisional suspension after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone. It's rare for any top-level motorcycle riders to test positive for performance enhancing drugs, the last being Ant West in 2012 and Noriyuki Haga back in 2000 for a weight loss drug.
The Italian was set to race with Aprilia in MotoGP again next year and has confirmed he will appeal the failed test which took place during this year's Malaysian GP in Sepang.
"The Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has advised Italian Grand Prix rider Andrea Iannone that he is provisionally suspended pursuant to Article 7.9.1 of the 2019 FIM Anti-doping Code (CAD)," the FIM statement read.
It also added: "Mr Andrea Iannone has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample.
"Mr Andrea Iannone is provisionally suspended with effect from 17 December 2019.
"He is therefore barred from participating in any motorcycling competition or activity until further notice.
"Under Article 18.104.22.168 CAD, Mr Iannone may request lifting of his provisional suspension.
"Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the FIM Anti-Doping Code, the FIM is unable to provide any additional information at this time."