Last night Yoshimura Suzuki and James Stewart announced the results of a WADA controlled drug test at the 2014 Seattle SX, where James Stewart’s urine sample tested positive for an amphetamine, which Stewart has stated is a prescription for a long-standing health issue. This morning the FIM, the international governing body for motorcycle sports, released a pair of official announcements and temporarily suspended Stewart from competition. If this suspension covers only Supercross or extends into the current Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is unknown so far, but Stewart and the Yoshimura Suzuki team are in the appeals process with WADA for the ruling and testing of a second sample. Below you will find two releases posted on the FIM website this morning.
The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has advised US Supercross rider James Stewart that he is provisionally suspended pursuant to Article 7.6 of the FIM Anti-doping Code. The decision to provisionally suspend Mr Stewart was taken following the receipt of a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of Amphetamine in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test carried out by the FIM at the round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship held at the Century Link Field, Seattle, Washington, on 12 April 2014.
Mr Stewart has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample. A Provisional Suspension imposed by the FIM does not in any way prejudge the question as to whether an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2 of the FIM Anti-Doping Code has actually been committed. This question will be addressed by the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) when it adjudicates on the merits of the case.
Mr James Stewart is provisionally suspended with effect from 20 June until further notice. Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the FIM Anti-Doping Code, the FIM is unable to provide any additional information at this time.
Anti-doping controls were carried out during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship event held at the Century Link Field, Seattle, Washington, USA, on 12 April 2014.
The riders tested were:
Ryan DUNGEY (USA)
Ryan VILLOPOTO (USA)
James STEWART (USA)
No prohibited substances or their metabolites, or markers, or the use of prohibited methods were found in the tested samples apart from James Stewart's sample, which tested positive for amphetamine.
The FIM also released the results from testing at the 2014 New Jersey Supercross…
Anti-doping controls were carried out during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship event held at the MetLife Stadium / East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, on 26 April 2014.
The riders tested were:
Joshua HILL (USA)
Justin BARCIA (USA)
Elijah TOMAC (USA)
No prohibited substances or their metabolites, or markers, or the use of prohibited methods were found in the tested samples.
TransWorld Motocross will post more information as it becomes available.