James Stewart Fails Test, Suspended by FIM

June 20, 2014
Bryan Harley
By Bryan Harley
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James Stewart claimed the opening moto victory at Thunder Valley.
Yoshimura Suzuki rider James Stewart has been provisionally suspended by the FIM after a urine sample taken after the Seattle Supercross round back in April tested positive for “an adverse analytical finding of amphetamine.” Stewart currently sits third in the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross standings.

Yoshimura Suzuki rider James Stewart has been provisionally suspended by the FIM after failing a doping test. Urine samples were taken from Ryan Dungey, Ryan Villopoto, and Stewart after the Seattle Supercross round April 12 and Stewart’s came up positive for “an Adverse Analytical Finding of Amphetamine.” The samples were examined by a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited lab out of Cologne, Germany. The provisional suspension starts today, June 20, until further notice.

Stewart is being suspended under Article 7.6 of the FIM Anti-Doping Code that states “If analysis of an A Sample has resulted in an Adverse Analytical Finding for a Prohibited Substance, and a review in accordance with Article 7.1.2 does not reveal an applicable TUE or departure from the International Standard for Testing or the International Standard for Laboratories that caused the Adverse Analytical Finding, FIM shall Provisionally Suspend the Rider pending the hearing panel’s determination of whether he/she has committed an anti-¬≠doping rule violation.”

Stewart has the right to request and be present for the testing of his B sample. If his B sample is clean, his provisional suspension would be removed under Article 7.6.4. Stewart is entitled to a timely provisional hearing, and the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) will review the case. 

Yoshimura Suzuki issued a press release stating that Stewart did indeed “show a positive result for a substance on the WADA 2014 Prohibited List,” but that it is from a medication Stewart has been prescribed by a physician to treat a long-term condition. Yoshimura said Stewart 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.”
FIM stated “Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the FIM Anti-Doping Code, the FIM is unable to provide any additional information at this time.”

Stewart has just been getting into a groove in Pro Motocross, winning the overall in the last round at High Point after a 1-1 finish in addition to posting a strong second-place showing at Thunder Valley. He currently sits third in the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross standings with 161 points. 


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