Moto2 racer Anthony West’s positive dope test from 2012 has cost him 18 months worth of race results.
Back in early 2012, West tested positive for a stimulant (methylhexaneamine) that’s prohibited under the FIM anti-doping code. Last October, the FIM International Disciplinary Court decided that was good for a month’s ban, and the World Anti-Doping Agency asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to instead give him a 24-month ban.
The court held a hearing in August of 2013 to re-examine the issue, and they laid out a bit of a compromise last week. West has been handed a retroactive 18-month suspension, going back to the original failed dope test in May, 2012. The Moto2 and Endurance Road Racing World Cup standings will be modified as a result, and West will lose his points. This is the court’s final decision – unless, of course, someone decides to appeal it again. In fact, part of the court’s reasoning for giving West an 18-month suspension, not a 24-month suspension, was that the process had already taken a ridiculous amount of time.
In case you’re wondering, methylhexaneamine first came on the market as a nasal decongestant, but is now available in over-the-counter medicine as a stimulant or as a weight loss aid (so says Wikipedia – read the whole entry here).