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

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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.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”