RUMORS, GOSSIP & UNFOUNDED TRUTHS: MOST ABOUT JAMES STEWART

December 20, 2014
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10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JAMES STEWART’S DOPING CASE

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These are questions that MXA received about the James Stewart doping scandal. Hold on to your hat.

(1) WHY DOESN’T JAMES GO RACE IN EUROPE LIKE RYAN VILLOPOTO?

The FIM controls both the AMA Supercross series and the MXGP series — and they have both hired WADA to conduct drug tests. So, James is banned from Europe also. As for the idea that racing will suffer without James Stewart on the track, there is no doubt that it will — right up until the gate drops for Anaheim 1 and the rest of the talented riders starts dicing. Somehow our sport has survived the loss of Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Johnson, David Bailey, Bob Hannah and Tony DiStefano. It has the uncanny ability to find new heroes.

(2) IF THE AMA NATIONALS ARE NOT REALLY WITH THE AMA AND THEY AREN’T AFFILIATED WITH THE FIM, WHY CAN’T HE RACE THE NATIONALS?

The AMA Nationals are neither FIM nor AMA, as they are owned by an entity called “AMA Pro Racing” which is owned by Daytona’s France family. Unfortunately for James, the AMA Nationals signed on with USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) and they are a signatory to the WADA system. In the end James is lucky that his 16-month punishment didn’t start from the date he raced his last AMA National in 2014—because, in the FIM’s opinion, he shouldn’t have been allowed to race the Nationals (because of the WADA/USADA connection).

(3) WHY DIDN’T THEY FINE HIM $50,000 AND LET HIM RACE?

Since James is the first racer caught up in an AMA drug scandal, his punishment sets the pattern for all future punishments. Thus, if they fined him $50,000 and then a week later caught some struggling privateer, they would have to fine him $50,000. James can afford it, but it would put most riders into deep debt and end their careers. James has the right to appeal the FIM decision and he should. Given past history, he might be able to get a reduced sentence.

(4) IF THEY LET RICKY CARMICHAEL GET AWAY WITH ILLEGAL GAS IN 2006, WHY NOT JAMES?

There is not a person in the sport who didn’t know that the Carmichael ruling was a glad handing, back slapping, political decision that was wrong in every sense (and one of the many rulings that gave the AMA a black eye). It’s bad when riders or teams cheat, but even worse when sanctioning bodies cheat. Here is a quick history of Carmichael’s fuel-gate: Jeff Emig’s fuel was illegal at the 1996 Indianapolis Supercross and he was disqualified. Then, Chad Reed, David Vuillemin and Tyson Hadsell were penalized 25 points each for having fuel that tested out of compliance on lead content at the 2004 Dallas Supercross. A year later, in 2005, the AMA penalized James Stewart and Michael Byrne 25 points for too much lead. Finally, at the 2006 San Diego Supercross, Ricky Carmichael’s fuel failed the lead test. Was he disqualified as Jeff Emig had been? No. Was he penalized 25 points as Byrne, Stewart, Vuillemin, Reed and Hadsell had been? No. Instead, Carmichael was fined $20,000, which Suzuki paid, and Ricky got to keep his finishing position, purse money and AMA points. Oh, yeah, and the 25 points Ricky got to keep earned him the 2006 Supercross Championship, which he would have lost to James Stewart by 23 points.

(5) WHY DID NFL PLAYERS ONLY GET A COUPLE GAME SUSPENSION FOR THE SAME ADDERALL VIOLATION AND JAMES GOT 16 MONTHS?

The NFL runs their own drug testing system and they hand out the penalties — which are part of the collective bargaining agreement with the players union. The NFL drug policy is not handled by an independent organization like WADA, but by the league itself. Since the league does the testing, the adjudication and hands out the penalties, they are working in their own best interest. NASCAR has the same system as the NFL, minus the player’s union, and if you think Dale Earnhardt, Jr. would get the same penalty as A. J. Allmendinger you need to be drug tested. Neither Major League Baseball, the NFL or NASCAR are models that should be looked up to in drug testing.

(6) IF STEWART HAD A PRESCRIPTION FOR ADDERALL WHY IS HE BEING PUNISHED SO HEAVILY?

Since Adderall is used by many athletes as a cover for performance enhancing drugs, and Adderall itself can be performance enhancing when used in specific doses, its appearance in an athlete’s portfolio rings alarm bells. WADA asked Stewart in Seattle if he was taking any drugs or medication. He said “No.” So, when his test came back positive for amphetamines, which is in Adderall, WADA saw his negative answer as an attempt to hide what he was taking. When they discovered that he hadn’t file a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption), which would have allowed him to use prescribed doses of a medically required drug, this raised a second red flag at WADA. James may claim that he was guilty of stupidity, but WADA deals with the world’s greatest athletes and has heard every imaginative excuse possible — lots of them stupider. Now, say that James’ lawyers asked to have the B-sample tested — this raises a third flag because why would an athlete — who is admitting to taking Adderall want a second test — unless he was hoping it would prove that he wasn’t taking Adderall. The snowball effect of all of the permutations can build up quickly. Plus, saying “No” and not filing the proper paperwork are violations of the FIM Drug Code in themselves and demand a punishment. Sadly, WADA polices the complete spectrum of international sport and they believe that if an Olympic swimmer gets 16-months for the same offense, and a Tour de France cyclist gets 16-month for the same offense, then a motocross racer should be 16-months.

(7) WHY DOES THE FIM HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH AMA SUPERCROSS?

Back in 2001 the AMA and Supercross race promoter Clear Channel Entertainment (formerly SFX Motorsports and PACE Motorsports) had a falling out. The AMA claimed that Clear Channel was trying to take control of the AMA Supercross series and decided to find a new promoting group — which was Jam Sports. At the time the war between the AMA and Clear Channel could have resulted in two competing Supercross series and the factory teams, bound by their fiduciary responsibility to the AMA, would have been required to race the AMA series. It was gonna be messy because the factory teams had always supported the AMA and many of the manufacturers were on the AMA Board of Directors. Clear Channel needed a way to get the manufacturers out of their legal connection to the AMA. And they found one. By sanctioning the Supercross series with the FIM, they could trump the AMA and give the factories a way to race with Clear Channel — because the FIM was the world governing body and the AMA was only a national federation of the FIM. Thus, the Supercross promoters signed a long-term deal to become the FIM World Supercross series. The AMA, realizing it had been outsmarted, gave up and aligned with Clear Channel again. As for Jam Sports, who got left out in the cold, they sued Clear Channel in 2005 and won a $90,000,000 punitive judgment. That is 90 million with lots of zeroes! The judgment was set aside and new trial was scheduled, but the case was settled out of court. Thus, FIM is the sanctioning body of record for political reason — not because we need them —but because Clear Channel needed them.

(8) JAMES SAID THAT HE “RECEIVED BOTH WADA AND USADA APPROVALS” TO PROVE THAT HE WASN’T CHEATING, SO WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

James is playing fast and loose with the time line with that statement. It’s not actually accurate to the situation. After he was caught with amphetamines in his system, he applied for a TUE and provided all of the medical, doctor and prescription info to the FIM. But, that is kind of like getting a speeding ticket ten miles from your house and then wanting it rescinded because you are doing the speed limit 5 miles later. His TUE is good for 2015. His punishment is for 2014. And, anyone who wants to, including the Seattle Seahawks backfield, can to get a prescription for Adderall by telling a doctor the right story.

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(9) I NEVER HEARD OF ANY OTHER RACER GETTING A SUSPENSION — WHY JAMES?

You haven’t heard of them because you didn’t care, but they are out there. Here are some examples. In 2001 Gert-Jan Van Doorn was suspended from racing for 18 months, while Andrea Bartolini got a 6-month ban. Both rider’s were fined, lost points and had to pay the FIM hearing costs. Bartolini’s sample contained nandrolone (anabolic steroid), while Van Doorn’s contains amfepramone (a derivative of amphetamine). Claudio Federici who was second in the 1999 125 World Championship failed a drug test for a metabolite of cocaine in 2002 and was suspended for 6-months. Josh Coppins tested six times over the limit for the stimulant pseudo-ephedrine, which he said he got from taking an over-the-counter hay fever tablet. Since ephedrine typically carries a 3-month ban, Coppins was given a 3-month ban, but it was suspended. But, he lost the points he earned at that race. Road racer Noriyuki Haga tested positive for Ephedrine in 2000 and received a one-month ban and had his points deducted. Haga lost 25 points during his ban and lost the WSBC to Colin Edwards. In November of 2013, MotoGP road racer Anthony West failed for methylhexaneamine (which he said he got from an energy drink). Originally, he got a one month ban from the FIM, but WADA appealed the decision and West was given an 18-month ban. In 2013, World Sidecar Cross competitor Lauris Daiders tested positive for the substance clenbuterol and got a 15-month ban. Want more? Back in 1975 an AMA rider named Ron Self  told the AMA that his license application was “in the mail” and they let him race the Hangtown National. It turns out that Ron mailed the application to the AMA the day after Hangtown. They banned him from racing for 12 months! And that was for paperwork mistake.

(10) WHY DON’T THEY LET JAMES RIDE, BUT NOT PAY HIM ANY POINTS?

First and foremost, he has been banned for using a banned drug — and thus is not eligible to race until he serves his time or wins an appeal to have his sanction shortened (but that probably would not happen until after the 2015 Supercross season starts). Second, why would the sport want a rider on the track, who is ineligible to race, taking places away from legal riders, not to mention taking a spot on the starting gate that could go to a rider who didn’t violate the FIM drug code. An no matter how many riders vow support for James Stewart on social media, they are only supporting him on the length of his suspension. behind the scenes they know that the only way to stop racers from cheating by using performance enhancing drugs is to catch someone and punish them. Thus, the think James should get a lessen punishment in public, but don’t support  him on the bigger issue. Most motocross fans, those who understand what is going on with drugs and sports, are of the same belief. These sanctions may apply directly to James Stewart in particular, but they also place a burden on the AMA, Feld, MX Sports and Suzuki to abide by them.

GET THE CAT OFF THE COUCH! THE 2015 SUPERCROSS TV SCHEDULE

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DENNIS STAPLETON?

STAPLETONINDIAHave you seen this man? Last seen in this photo from Mumbai.

We can never keep track of MXA test rider Dennis Stapleton. The last time we saw him in person he was racing the “Day in the Dirt” team race at Glen Helen with John Basher. Next thing we know, he sends us an email from the Philippines, which he follows up a week later with the photo above, shot in Mumbai, India. Yesterday we got message that he would be leaving the Middle East soon to get home for Christmas. If you see Stapo, hurry him along we have a lot of work do and need his help.

ANAHEIM 1 TRACK MAP & SEATING CHART

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BIRTHDAYS OF THE STARS: REMEMBERING ADOLF WEIL

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Dec. 17…Bill Nilsson 1932
Dec. 17…Danny Dobey
Dec. 17…Justin Buckelew 1981
Dec. 17…Tommy Hahn 1985
Dec. 17…Barry Hawk 1972
Dec. 17…Jake Weimer 1987
Dec. 18…Gerrit Ordelman 1980
Dec. 18…Tim Weigand 1978
Dec. 19… Austin Stroupe 1990
Dec. 20…Jesse Casillas 1984
Dec. 21…James Stewart 1985
Dec. 23…Jeff Fox
Dec. 23…Will Hahn 1989
Dec. 25…Mark Burkhart 1979

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Dec. 25…Adolf Weil 1938

DID BROC TICKLE GET THE LAST DEAL BEFORE A1?

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RCH Suzuki didn’t rush into re-signing Broc Tickle to their team, but a last-minute deal saw Tickle get the spot alongside Ken Roczen for the 2015 Supercross and AMA National series campaign. Tickle, 25, showed great promise last season until being sidelined at the Toronto Supercross where he sustained fractures of the T-6 and T-7 vertebra, two broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Broc said, “I’m really excited to be back with RCH for 2015. We’ve had an awesome two years together and for Carey and Ricky to bring me back after my injury really shows what kind of guys those two are. They stuck with me and kept a spot for me. We were heading in the right direction until I got hurt in Toronto. I’m glad all that’s behind us and I feel great. I’ve been riding and getting ready for the Supercross season for the last month and I’m really pumped with the progress we’re making.”

MXA’S DECEMBER RACE POSTER ROUND-UP

6DRIDEDAYOwn a 6D helmet? Good! You get to ride for free at Perris Raceway on Monday, December 29. Plus, you can meet Eli Tomac and have the 6D crew help you make your 6D fit like a glove. However, no 6D helmet —no entrance.

lastremrace2014REM will be at Glen Helen on Saturday, December 27, for the last race of the 2014 season. Be there, but if you can’t make it on the 27th, the 36-race 2015 season starts on January 10, 2015. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

TWStexasThe five-race Texas Winter Series visits four tracks from January 3rd to March 1st. For more info go to www.freestoneMX.com.

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NOW IS THE TIME TO SCHEDULE YOUR SUMMER VACATION AT ONE OF THESE RACES

450-Start7.jpgThe 2015 Supercross season starts at Anaheim Stadium in 16 days.

2015 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 3………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 10…………………Phoenix, AZ
Jan. 17…………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 24…………………Oakland, CA
Jan. 31…………………Anaheim, CA
Feb. 7……………,…….San Diego, CA
Feb. 14…………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 21…………………Atlanta, GA
Feb. 28…………………Atlanta, GA
March 7………………..Daytona, FL
March 14……………..Indianapolis, IN
March 21……………..Detroit, MI
March 28……………..St. Louis, MO
April 11………………..Houston, TX
April 18………………..Santa Clara, CA
April 25………………..East Rutherford, NJ
May 2…………………..Las Vegas, NV

2015 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 16…………….…Hangtown, CA
May 23…………….…Glen Helen, CA
May 30………….……Thunder Valley, CO
June 6………………..Muddy Creek, TN
June 13……………….Mt. Morris, PA
June 27………………Budds, MD
July 4…………………Red Bud, MI
July 18………..……..Millville, MN
July 25……………….Washougal, WA
August 8………….…Unadilla, NY
August 15……….…..Miller Motorsports, UT
August 22 …………..Crawfordsville, IN

2015 FIM WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 28…………………Losail, Qatar
March 8………………..Si Racha, Thailand
March 29………………Neuwuen, Argentina
April 19………………..Arco di Trento, Italy
April 26………………..Valenswaard, Holland
May 10…………………Talavera, Spain
May 24…………………Matterley Basin, Great Britain
May 31…………………Villars Sous Ecot, France
June 14………………..Maggiora, Italy
June 21………………..Teutschenthal, Germany
July 5…………………..Uddevalla, Sweden
July 12…………………Kegums, Latvia
July 26…………………Loket, Czech Republic
Aug 2…………………..Lommel, Belgium
Aug 16…………………Trinidade, Brazil
Aug 30…………………Assen, Netherlands
Sept 13…………………Leon, Mexico
Sept. 20………………..Glen Helen, USA

2015 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 10-11………….…Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 16-18………….…Grand Rapids, MI
Jan. 23-25…………….Colorado Springs, CO
Jan. 31- Feb. 1…..…..Nashville, TN
Feb. 6-8……………….Wilkes-Barre, PA
Feb. 21-22……………Tampa, FL
Feb. 28- Mar.1………Kansas City, MO
Mar. 6-8……………….Council Bluffs, IA
Mar. 13-15……………Southaven, MS
Mar. 21-22……………New Orleans, LA
Mar. 28-29……………Austin, TX
April 11-12……………Spokane, WA
April 18-19……………Tacoma, WA
April 25-26……………Fresno, CA
May 1-3………………..Las Vegas, NV

2015 GEICO ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
March 6……………….Daytona Beach, FL
March 21……………..Salt Lake City, UT
April 25……………….Sacramento, CA
May 1………………….Las Vegas, NV
May 30………………..Phoenix, AZ
June 5…………………Austin, TX
Aug, 22……………….Atlanta, GA
Oct. 3………………….Denver, CO
Oct. 17…………………Everett, WA
Nov. 7………………….Boise, ID
Nov. 20-21…………..Ontario, CA

2015 WORCS WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 18…………………Taft, CA
Feb. 8………………….Primm, NV
March 1 ………………Peoria, AZ
March 29 …………….TBA
April 19……………….Hurricane, UT
May 24 ……………….Cedar City, UT
Aug. 2 …………………TBA
Sept. 27 ………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 18 ………………..Prim, NV

2015 WORLD SIDECAR CROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
April 6…………………Switzerland
April 12………………..France
May 10………………..Ukraine
May 17………………..Germany
May 25………………..Holland
June 7…………………Latvia
June 14……………….Czech Republic
July 5…………………..France
July 12…………………Belgium
July 19…………………Germany
Aug. 2…………………Estonia
Aug. 9…………………Latvia
Aug. 16……………….Ukraine
Sept.13………………..France
Sept.20………………..Germany

2015 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 29……..……Horsham, Vic
April 12……..……..Appin, NSW
April 26 …….…..…Broadford, Vic
May 17 ………….….Murray Bridge, SA
May 31………..…….Coolum, Qld
July 5 ……………….Raymond Terrace, NSW
July 19 ………..……Shepparton, Vic
August 2 …….….…Nowra, NSW
August 23 …………Toowoomba, Qld
August 30 ……..….Coolum, Qld

2015 WMX WOMENS MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 28…………………Losail, Qatar
March 8………………..Si Racha, Thailand
May 24…………………Matterley Basin, Great Britain
May 31…………………Villars Sous Ecot, France
June 21………………..Teutschenthal, Germany
July 26…………………Loket, Czech Republic

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