2011 World Superbike
During Jerez MotoGP earlier this month, the International Motorcycle Federation (FIM) held anti-doping briefings due to the amount of questions asked by the riders. The FIM explained the anti-doping rules, which ensure no single rider has an advantage over the other.
World Superbike riders were the next to undergo some anti-doping briefings. During the race weekend at Assen, the Netherlands, this past weekend, anti-doping briefings were held with the FIM Medical Director, Dr. David McManus, and the FIM Anti-Doping Coordinator, Evelyne Magnin.
These two medical officials explained the policies to riders from World Superbike, World Supersport, and the FIM Superstock 1000cc World Cup.
Dr. McManus says: “This is another important opportunity to meet with the riders at the highest level of our sport because we are aware that there is concern, anxiety and uncertainty about aspects of anti-doping. It is an opportunity for us to clarify a lot of the issues, provide explanations and reassurance about what is the FIM anti-doping programme”.
Following are what the World Superbike riders were saying folloing the anti-doping briefings:
Marco Melandri (Yamaha Superbike YZFR1) says: “I am very happy with this first meeting on anti-doping as I think that there is not so much knowledge among riders and that we are not very competent in this field.
“Also I think that it is more important for us to know better the motorbike than to take prohibited substances to be faster. This meeting was a good start. It is very important to continue to fight together for a clean sport.”
Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati 1198 Superbike) says: “I think that it is good information to be able to enter the world of anti-doping and to show that our sport is a clean sport. I sincerely believe that no substances can make you go faster but it is only the technical aspects such as your ability, your learning, the team, the motorbike which all together can make you go faster. I think that for the young riders who ignore the fact that substances can harm their health, this kind of information meeting is very interesting and useful.”
Ruben Xaus (Castrol Honda CBR1000RR Superbike) says: “There are many products on the market and we have no information. I think that this sport is a combination of men’s work, engines, machines and we have not used any of the products to make us better because the technical aspects, the development of the motorbike are really what make the difference.
“It is important to know this as the young riders with internet access can be misinformed and could buy inappropriate products. The young riders can trust us, the old ones, who made it without anything. Eating well, keeping healthy and exercise are necessary to succeed in sports.”