Anthony West has been provisionally suspended from all motorcycle racing following a failed anti-doping test.

The Australian rider, who was banned in 2012 after testing positive for a prohibited stimulant, has been suspended with immediate effect after a WADA-accredited Cologne laboratory found an unidentified banned stimulant in a urine sample collected from him during Misano round on July 8.

West has been provisionally suspended from any motorcycle competition or activity ‘until further notice’, with the rider allowed to request and attend the analysis of a second sample.

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The EAB antwest Racing Kawasaki rider had been due to take part in the Portimao round this weekend for the resumption of the World Supersport championship but did not take part in FP1, with the FIM provisional suspension statement being released after the first practice session by World Superbike organisers.

West is currently seventh in the World Supersport riders’ standings after finishing in sixth place at the last round in Misano. West's urine sample was taken on race day at the Italian track.

The 37-year-old effectively saw the majority of his 2012 and 2013 racing records scratched out following his first drugs ban when his anti-doping appeal failed.

Full FIM anti-doping statement

Rider Anthony West provisionally suspended

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has advised Australian rider Anthony West that he is provisionally suspended pursuant to Article 7.9 of the FIM Anti-doping Code (CAD).

The decision to provisionally suspend Mr. West was mandatory following the receipt of a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of a non-specified substance under Section 6 (Stimulants) of the 2018 FIM Prohibited List, in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test carried out by the FIM at the round of the 2018 FIM Supersport World Championship held in Misano, San Marino, on 8 July 2018.

Mr. West has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample. Mr. Anthony West is provisionally suspended with effect from 14 September 2018. He is therefore barred from participating in any motorcycling competition or activity until further notice.

Under Article 7.9.3.2 CAD, Mr. West may request lifting of his provisional suspension. Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the FIM Anti-Doping Code, the FIM is unable to provide any additional information at this time.

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