Andrea Iannone was punished in December 2019 with an 18-month racing ban for steroid abuse. The Italian tested positive for doping during a racing weekend in Malaysia in October 2019, and later appealed the decision on the penalty. The appeal was unsuccessful, and the Anti-Doping Agency proposed a higher, 4-year ban on racing for him, which was also upheld by the competent court. If Iannone had not appealed the original decision, his ban would have expired in the coming days, but it looks like the Italian could return to MotoGP pits sooner than later in 2023, as FIM president Jorge Viegas is considering pardon racer, or to abolish the extension of the penalty. Iannone kept claiming that he ingested steroids unintentionally, by ingesting food
The president of the FIM motorcycle umbrella organization, Vito Ippolito, warned in an open letter that the dispute between Marco Marquez and Valentino Rossi, culminating in Rossi’s unsportsmanlike move at the race in Malaysia that caused Marquez to fall, poisoned the atmosphere around the sport. "We have come a long way from the tradition of pride and sporting behavior that is the legacy of motorcycling. Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but words and actions sometimes have consequences. Everyone must be responsible for these consequences. Above all, racers must be aware of this. fans who follow their moves on the track and their words off it, which is why it is up to them to set an example of what our sport is and should be like.
Klemen Gerčar, last year's world champion of the MX3 series, has created his motocross team 62 MotorSport, which will compete in all European competitions of the World Motocross Championship, as well as in the ADAC Championship, which takes place on Slovenian and German tracks. Klemen will perform under the watchful eye of one of the best coaches of the sport, Harry Everts. Despite numerous offers, Gerčar joined forces with Husqvarna, which supported him in creating his own team, which is also the first Slovenian team in history to compete in the FIM World Championship and the MXGP series. According to Gerčar, his own team should bring at least three advantages. One is to save a lot of time when there is no need to coordinate plans with another team, and at the same time you have instant access to the workshop, engines and spare parts. The weakness is the strain
The International Motorcycle Federation (FIM) has published an outline calendar of races for the upcoming World Championship season. Surprisingly, Laguna Seca said goodbye to the calendar, and there are new trials in Argentina and Brazil. The 2014 season will start in March in Qatar and will end in early November in Valencia. Argentina’s new racetrack, which sounds like the Termas de Rio Hondo, will host the third race of the season, and the royal motorcycling class is returning to that country for the first time in 14 years. The 2014 season will be one race longer than this year, as it consists of as many as 19 races. Indicative calendar for 2014: 23 March: Grand Prix of Qatar, Losail 13 April: Grand Prix of the Americas, Austin 27 April: Grand Prix of Argentina, Termas de Rio Hondo 4 May: Grand Prix of Spain, Jerez 18 May: Grand Prix of France, Le Mans June 1: GP Italy
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