In response to questions and requests for information from riders, the FIM held anti-doping briefings at Jerez, Spain during last weekend's second round the of 2011 MotoGP, Moto2 and 125cc World Championships.
Briefings were given to riders from all three classes by Dr David McManus, Director of the FIM International Medical Commission, Evelyne Magnin, FIM Medical & Anti-Doping Coordinator and Dr Monica Lazzarotti, FIM Medical International Commission member.
The briefings covered many aspects, including: FIM Anti-Doping Programme, FIM Anti-Doping Code, List of the Prohibited Substances, Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), FIM Anti-Doping Control Procedures, FIM Registered Testing Pool, ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration & Management System) programme and Sources of information and Education.
All riders had the opportunity to ask questions and were given anti-doping educational and information material.
This is what some of the MotoGP riders had to say after the briefings.
Hiroshi Aoyama: “It was an interesting and important meeting. Most of the riders need to know more about anti-doping”.
Marco Simoncelli: “It was an important meeting as we need more information on Anti-Doping. It is important to realize that if a rider needs assistance, he will get it from the FIM”.
Andrea Dovizioso: “Anti-doping controls are good things, I would be happy if there were even more controls. Also, I am of the opinion that there is a need for such a meeting, at least once a year… In regard to the Registered Testing Pool, my concern is that it is difficult for us, riders, to know exactly our whereabouts information in advance. I hope that the procedure will be easier in the future”.
Nicky Hayden: “Obviously, the meeting was useful as the anti-doping rules are not easy as no mistakes should be made and I understand that we need to be in the loop and know what's going on”.
John Hopkins: “The meeting was productive and informative. WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] is a good way to fight against doping which is taking away from the athletes that are trying to come up to the top of their sport in the natural way”.
Moto2 rider Jules Cluzel added: “It was interesting; we have to know more about anti-doping. I have already been tested and we have to know what kind of substance we can take or not”.
The briefings held even greater significance for the 125cc riders, many of whom have less knowledge of the Anti-Doping controls.