Motorcycling - Moto2's West suspended for doping

Moto2 podium-sitter Anthony West has been stripped of his seventh-place finish at Le Mans and banned from competition for one month for a doping transgression.

Motorcycling - Moto2's West suspended for doping

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Australian rider Anthony West of Kawasaki listens to a technician while in the team paddock during the third free MotoGP practice session at the Sepang International Racing Circuit in Sepang, 20 October 2007.

West, who has finished runner-up in the last two Moto2 races, gave a sample back at Le Mans in May which was found to contain traces of a prohibited substance.

Organising body FIM, the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme, said that West's sample contained Methylhexaneamine, on its list of banned 'specified stimulants.'

As a result the FIM has disqualified the 31-year-old Australian from the French Grand Prix results, and has also banned him for one month from competing in an FIM-sanctioned or FIM-affiliated race, effectively immediately.

West has five days to appeal the decision.

Methylhexaneamine is considered a stimulant as it increases heart rate and blood pressure, and can be found in training supplements - although it isn't always identified on the product.

Should West's appeal prove unsuccessful, he will miss the Moto2 finale at Valencia next weekend.

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