JAMES STEWART BANNED
FOR 16 MONTHS
HONDA BUILDS 300,000,000TH MOTORCYCLE
As a consequence for failing a World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) drug test
at the Seattle Supercross on April 12,
2014, James Stewart will be ineligible
to race for 16 months (predated back
to the date of the original violation).
That means that Stewart will miss the
entire 2015 Supercross series and
most of the AMA Nationals. He will not
be eligible to race again until August
James Stewart’s urine sample at
Seattle revealed the presence of an
amphetamine. Contributing to his negligence, when asked if he was taking any
drugs before the April 12 drug test,
MISSING FROM ACTION: ADAM
Don’t waste any time looking for Pro
Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo
when the 250 East Supercross series
starts up in Dallas on February 14.
Cianciarulo, the most highly anticipated young star in years, was hurt at
an offseason Supercross in Geneva,
Switzerland, over the winter. He
dislocated the same shoulder that he
dislocated last year in the AMA 250
East series. Adam has undergone
his second shoulder surgery in nine
months and will miss the entire 2015
Supercross season. He hopes to be
ready for the 250 Nationals in May.
Stewart lied to the WADA officials and
said, “No.” Making matters worse, he
had not filed the appropriate documents
that would have allowed him to use the
drug Adderall, an amphetamine, which
he later claimed was prescribed to him
for attention deficit disorder.
By drug-policy standards, Stewart’s
16-month suspension is less than the
norm for this type of violation, which
typically ranges from 18 months to two
years. However, Stewart will also be
disqualified from all the competitions he
participated in after April 12th, including
the four AMA Nationals he competed in.
His name will also be expunged from the
rankings of the 2014 AMA Supercross
In AMA Supercross and the AMA
Nationals, drug testing only takes place
at two events of each series, and
typically only the top three finishers,
plus one rider at random, are tested.
With the spotty nature of the testing,
because neither series promoter wants
to pay for more extensive testing, it
is possible for a rider to avoid being
caught by WADA if they have bad races
on the days when WADA comes to test.
WADA, which governs all international sporting events, including the Tour
de France and the Olympics, does not
determine the penalty—that is left up to
the sanctioning body.
Since James Stewart is the first AMA
professional to be caught in drug testing, his sanction sets the standard for
future punishments. Hopefully, the example that the FIM set with the Stewart
case will be enough to deter other
riders, both current and future, from
using performance-enhancing drugs (or
prescription drugs without the proper
paperwork). Additionally, the manufacturers, team managers and riders should
understand that ignorance of the law is
no excuse and begin remedial rule-book
education for their sponsored riders.
Honda reached a milestone recently when their cumulative worldwide
motorcycle production reached the 300-million milestone. The record-breaking
bike was a 40th Anniversary Edition Gold Wing produced at the Kumamoto,
Japan, factory. The first Honda motorcycle was made in 1949, and the Gold
Wing passed down the assembly line 66 years later. Honda is currently producing
motorcycles at 33 plants in 22 countries. The first production outside of Japan
began in Belgium in 1963.