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James Stewart tests positive for banned substance at Seattle Supercross, provisionally suspended by FIM

Jun 20, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT

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Just days after his most dominant Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship race in years, James Stewart is dealing with trouble after receiving notice that he failed a World Anti-Doping Agency drug test two months ago during the AMA Supercross season.

The FIM, one of the governing bodies behind the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, announced Friday that Stewart tested positive for an amphetamine following the conclusion of the Seattle Supercross round on April 12th. They subsequently announced that he’s been provisionally suspended, “with effect from June 20th until further notice.”

Choosing to be proactive about the incident, Stewart’s camp actually broke the news first on Thursday night and is hoping to resolve the issue by presenting the required documentation to prove that the substance was legitimately prescribed. “The medication in question is and has been prescribed to Stewart by his physician to treat a long-term condition,” the Yoshimura Suzuki team stated in a press release. “Stewart … is willingly communicating with WADA and taking all appropriate steps to resolve this matter.”

It’s worth noting that amphetamines, often prescribed to treat ADHD, are in a separate category from PEDs such as steroids and hormones.

With a suspension levied by the FIM, Stewart’s future has become clouded, but it may not preclude him from lining up for the next round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in eight days since the FIM is not a sanctioning body for the outdoor series. As of now, there has been no official word on his status for the rest of the season.

Stewart currently sits third overall in 450 Class points in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and is one of the hottest riders in the premier class after sweeping both motos at High Point last Saturday.

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    I hope this doesn’t turn out to be another Jeremy Mayfield deal where a bunch of crap behind closed doors leads to malicious acts against a person who may be completely innocent of all charges.

    • worknman24hours - Apr 30, 2015 at 5:44 AM

      This a load of horse manure.

      The drug was prescribed by a doctor for a non performance inhancing condition.

      Stewart obviously thought that would cover any issues.

      This is a case of going after someone just to screw up their life and prove you can do it.


  2. chad4208 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I don’t like the World Anti-Doping Agency knows what a prescription is.

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