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.

Ferrari signs Callum Ilott to young driver academy

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Ferrari has confirmed the signing of rising British racer Callum Ilott to its prestigious driver academy ahead of the 2018 season.

Ilott, 18, is a former member of Red Bull’s junior program, and has spent the last three years racing in the FIA European Formula 3 series, taking eight race wins.

After finishing the 2017 season fourth in the championship with Prema Powerteam, Ilott has now linked up with the Ferrari Driver Academy in the next step of his racing career, becoming its first British member.

“Ferrari Driver Academy is pleased to announce that British driver Callum Ilott is the latest promising young driver to be selected for its development program,” an announcement from Ferrari reads.

“18 years old, Ilott joins the FDA in his third season in car racing, having just finished the FIA F3 European Championship. He comes with a strong pedigree in international Formula 3 racing, having made the jump directly from karting as reigning European Champion.

“Ilott joins Charles Leclerc, Antonio Fuoco, Guan Yu Zhou, Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong and Enzo Fittipaldi in the programme, which supports talented young drivers on their career path in motorsport.”

Besides its existing roster, the Ferrari Driver Academy also played a part in the careers of Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and the late Jules Bianchi.