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FIM Rules On James Stewart Drug Test
FIM Bans Stewart
It has been months, but the other shoe has finally dropped. The FIM has declared James Stewart ineligible for the 2015 Supercross season. I wrote an article on this situation way back in June. I was surprised at the kind of replies I got when talking with other riders about the situation. Many were in favor of taking a soft line, feeling that James didn’t really do anything wrong as he was purported to be taking the prescription drug Adderall. Here are a few of my quick thoughts on the situation.
First and foremost, I have to say this ruling took far too long. It is not fair to anyone involved to be this close to the start of the season without knowing the ultimate outcome of the situation. I have to assume the team probably had a good idea of the outcome for some time, but it still is not very timely.
Prescription or not, James violated rules that are very clearly written. To obtain a FIM license you have to put your signature to many pages of doping regulations. Ignorance is no excuse.
Abuse of prescription drugs in our society is a major concern. The FIM is right to police this area.
Use of Adderall as a PED in sports also appears to be rampant.
Legitimate use of prescription drugs needs to be protected/distinguished from illegitimate use. Again, the FIM is right to monitor this.
There have been consistent “insider” reports of widespread Adderall use in motocross. I do not know if any of this is true, but testing is the key deterrent.
There has been a complete lack of voice and leadership from the AMA who co-sanctioned the event where the testing took place.
Here is the team press release-
CHINO, CA – Yoshimura Suzuki Racing is reporting that James Stewart has received notification from the FIM with a penalty regarding his anti-doping violation. The news came eight months to the day from the test at this years’ Seattle Supercross event where he tested positive for amphetamines from his prescribed Adderall. The ruling lays out a punishment that severely affects the entire 2015 season for James and the Yoshimura Suzuki team. Suzuki Motor of America and Yoshimura Racing will continue their unwavering support for Stewart during this difficult period and like all the fans hope to see him line up at the gate as soon as his ineligibility is lifted.
“I’m extremely disappointed to say the least,” said Stewart. “We plan to appeal as I personally feel that the punishment far outweighs the situation; especially since I received both WADA and USADA approvals that prove I’m not cheating. I’m bummed for everyone involved: my family, my team, my sponsors, the promoters and most of all the fans. Unfortunately, I’ve had to be very quiet in regards to this situation but I’ll be telling the full story in the next couple weeks so everyone can understand what we’ve been going through. Thank you all for your continued support.”
Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s James Stewart has announced plans to be at the season-opening round of the 2015 AMA Supercross Championships on Saturday, January 3 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim to support his team, teammate, sponsors and fans.