A press release issued by the FIM, one of the sanctioning bodies behind the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, has announced that Yoshimura Suzuki motocross/supercross rider James Stewart has tested positive for a banned amphetamine substance following his podium finish at the Seattle supercross on April 12. A urine sample of Stewart’s was tested by a WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) facility which works in conjunction with the FIM to enforce doping rules for athletes.
The FIM has provisionally suspended Stewart from further competition effective June 20. Nevertheless, Yoshimura Suzuki states Stewart will be on the line for the next race of the Outdoor motocross championship in Tennessee on June 28th. We understand that, unlike the Supercross series, the Outdoor Motocross series does not feature the FIM as a sanctioning body, and this may allow Stewart to compete even if the provisional suspension remains unresolved.
Press releases from both the FIM and Stewart’s team, Yoshimura Suzuki are reprinted below:
Full FIM Press Release:
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.
Full Yoshimura Suzuki Press Release:
CHINO, CA (June 19, 2014) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart has reported that he received notification from the FIM on June 17th, 2014 that a WADA test administered to him on April 12th, 2014, after the Seattle AMA/FIM Supercross, showed a positive result for a substance on the WADA 2014 Prohibited List. The medication in question is and has been prescribed to Stewart by his physician to treat a long-term condition.
Stewart, with the full support of Yoshimura Suzuki Racing, is willingly communicating with WADA and taking all appropriate steps to resolve this matter and plans to be at the starting gate at the Tennessee National in Blountville, TN on June 28th, 2014.