BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — official release — Simon Cudby photo — James Stewart will be permitted to compete in this weekend’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event in Blountville, Tenn.
However, Stewart still faces a possible suspension by the FIM as the result of failing a drug test on April 12 during the Monster Energy Supercross season.
However, because the Supercross series has an agreement with the World Anti-Doping Agency, and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, which is organized by MX Sports Pro Racing, does not work with WADA, MX Sports Pro Racing has ruled Stewart eligible for its events.
MX Sports Pro Racing, however, does have its own testing program, which is administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
MX Sports Pro Racing issued the following statement late on Tuesday:
“The provisional suspension of James Stewart by the FIM as a result of an alleged anti-doping violation on April 12, 2014, does not at this time involve MX Sports Pro Racing or the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. At this stage in the results management process, the decision to compete at a National level remains with the athlete, FIM and WADA, as MX Sports Pro Racing is not a Signatory to the WADA Code and does not have the authority to impose a provisional suspension.
“Our sanctioning body, AMA Pro Racing, has indicated that it will not restrict Stewart from competing in the upcoming Tennessee National and will reevaluate its position pending the final decision of the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI). If this position changes we will be notified accordingly. Until then, Mr. Stewart is free to compete without restriction.”
Stewart tested positive for an amphetamine, which he claims was prescribed to him by a physician.