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Sport Rivola criticizes the Iannone ban: "As if he had ordered his steak"

15:10  10 april  2020
15:10  10 april  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Andrea Iannone und Aprilia bewerten das Dopingurteil als unverhältnismäßig © Motorsport Images Andrea Iannone and Aprilia rate the doping judgment as disproportionate

Although the judges recognized that Andrea Iannone had unconsciously consumed contaminated food, they condemned the Aprilia pilots at the beginning of April for an 18-month ban on doping . A decision that came as a surprise to the Italian and his MotoGP team.

"We had a nice April 1st," said Aprilia race director Massimo Rivola in an interview with 'Motorsport-Total.com' cynically. "Unfortunately, it wasn't a joke, even though the 18 months the verdict provides seems like a joke."

But what makes him and Aprilia happy is the fact that "the food contamination has been recognized, because that in turn means recognizing the pilot's innocence". Exactly this results in the just mentioned paradox, which makes the sentence so incomprehensible for him.

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18 months suspension: Rivola sees "enormous disproportion"

"In practice it is as if Andrea had been told that he was guilty of going to the hotel to eat a chicken breast, a fillet or whatever - as he would have ordered it specially doped, "explains Rivola. "It is obvious that an 18-month disqualification is extremely disproportionate."

The CEO of Aprilia Racing is well aware of the possible penalties in doping cases: up to four years with malicious intent; up to two years if there is no intention. "There were many mitigating circumstances that reduced these two years to 18 months," he says.

"Probably you think that this was a less severe punishment, but in reality it is an eternity for a pilot who will be 31 years old," warned Rivola, placing all hope in a successful appeal.

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Aprilia points to an inconspicuous hair test: "Does not lie"

The CAS sports court could overturn the doping ban. "All those who have been accused of having acted maliciously and who managed to convert this allegation into food contamination have been acquitted. We don't even have to do that," Rivola said confidently.

Finally, the unintended contamination is already part of the FIM judgment. In addition, the Aprilia race director refers to the voluntary hair test that Iannone gave, and which proved to be unremarkable in the analysis.

"I urge all athletes in the world to do the hair analysis. I don't know if they would all do it because it's an analysis that doesn't lie. It gave us all a lot of strength at Aprilia Racing," emphasizes Rivola. And they need this strength, just like staying power.

doping judgment not only harms Iannone, but also the MotoGP

Because while the case has dragged on since mid-December, the appeal could take another long time. "It is tough that things are going so slowly. Almost four months have passed since the suspension," notes Rivola, complaining that "other associations were much faster."

"I think that for motorcycle racing and MotoGP, the first case of a rider convicted of timing despite his innocence is a disgrace. It is an eyesore that stays. We already have enough in athletics and cycling Doping cases, but disqualification for a steak is ridiculous. "

The Aprilia race chief does not expect a verdict from the Sports Court before three to four months at the earliest. "Which could also coincide with the start of the World Cup," he says. If it starts in August, he hopes Iannone will be there.

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