There is no doubt that James Stewart got caught with unapproved drugs in his system during the 2014 AMA Supercross series. There is no doubt that he failed to file the TUE paperwork required to allow him to use that drug. There is no doubt that the FIM cracked down on him. What is in doubt is what this will mean to the ground breaking rider’s legacy, what the true story is. After his suspension was served he came back and won the meangingless Red Bull Straight Rhythm race, but then got hurt at the Monster Cup and the Paris Supercross. In the meantime, he caused an international stir by trying to back out of his contract to race the 2015 Australian Supercross event in Sydney—which he finally agreed to race and then canceled following his Paris ankle injury.
After Ryan Dungey and James came together in 2016 during the Supercross season opener in Anaheim, James was never the same. His last race was July 23, 2016 at the Washougal National motocross. However he officially made up his mind that he wasn’t coming back to racing in 2019 and retired.