American Motorcross and Supercross Athlete GECIO Honda’s Christian Craig has tested positive for a low level banned substance.
“I wanted to give an update on what’s been going on this year. On January 23rd, 2019 I received an email from the FIM stating that an adverse finding was discovered from Daytona, March 10, 2018. Most importantly, I NEVER have or would knowingly take a banned substance! The FIM has agreed that they do not believe I intentionally ingested the substance. Of course, that doesn’t take away from the fact it was there.
There are two levels of prohibited substances- one would immediately suspend a rider & the other would not. Because the substance I tested positive for was on the lesser of the two lists, I’ve been able to keep racing.” Stated Christian Craig via Social Media.
Honestly, I do understand the anti-doping in sport, however, I don’t understand all of the performance-enhancing drugs available and why people would want to use them. In Australia the sport of Motocross and Supercross isn’t that big, 14 weeks of the year are for events, 1% of the riders are paid, there isn’t a large fanbase, so it is hard for me to understand why people would want to take stuff for performance enhancing, I understand taking things to get well. Australia has had 3 riders test positive 2 riders have been banned for a period of 4 years Jake and Matt Moss (able to race from 14 July 2020). Kade Mosig has received a provisional suspension and fans haven’t heard any more since mid-2018. American Supercross/Motocross Athlete Cade Clason is also under a provisional suspension for using Adderall, Clason says he had submitted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for the substance.
Yes, we need a drug testing program, the only issue I have is the bans based on an Olympic Cycle (4 years). Motocross/Supercross is not an Olympic sport so why the same band period? It is my opinion that any sport that is not an Olympic sport should automatically receive a ban that is the half the amount of an Olympic sport, not the full Olympic sports ban.
Another issue is the use of Supplements. Broc Tickle has said that he would not willingly take a banned substance and that by the time he found out, he could not test the supplements he was taking. With Christian Craig also speculating that his positive test came from his supplements, we are lucky here in Australia, we have great labels on substances, basically it a substance has an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) logo it is safe to take as the AIS has endorsed the product.
It is hard to fathom why the FIM takes so long to get back to Athletes, is it hold up with testing labs or the FIM? To my knowledge there is on 1 WADA endorsed testing lab in Australia which is based in Sydney. Remember that our lab in Australia also deals with testing from the public no just athlete testing. I am not sure how samples are tested overseas, however, there are different sports and motocross and supercross have a less amount of athletes than others so it is a bit of ‘hurry up and wait’ syndrome.