Iannone faces doping decision in early February

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Aprilia MotoGP star Andrea Iannone will face a disciplinary court in Switzerland on February 4 but might have to wait 45 days to find out his sentence.

The FIM has told the Italian he must be in Mies, Switzerland three days before he is due to ride at the Sepang test but leniency could see him able to take part if the court pronounces sentence early. It is believed he will travel to Malaysia just in case.

Iannone does have the right to appeal to the Court for Arbitration in Sport should he feel hard done to when the sentence is handed down.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo Savadori is odds-on to join Aprilia at Sepang but it isn’t clear whether he would get the new RS-GP20 to ride. It is more likely he would get last year’s bike to familiarise himself with MotoGP tyres and electronics in case he has to step into Smith’s test role.

Max Biaggi has played down the chances of a return to the big class, saying: “So far as I know, I won’t be back on the bike in the MotoGP tests. But I really like it when my presence is required, when Aprilia calls me.”