News 16 Aug 2016

Moss brothers release statements on doping allegations

Duo confirm provisional suspensions from competition.

Image: MXN.

Image: MXN.

Australian Motocross Championship twins Matt and Jake Moss have released separate statements each via social media, confirming their absence has been due to a potential anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) process involving the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (ASADA).

It’s understood the Moss brothers were provisionally suspended from racing prior to July’s Conondale round of the MX Nationals, following ASADA testing that took place on 22 May at Murray Bridge.

Both then National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team riders recorded positive anti-doping test results, which led to their provisional suspension from competition, however the pair are currently challenging the results as part of the ADRV process.

“I wanted to let everyone know that the reason I haven’t been racing lately is that, because of an issue that has arisen through a random urine test I recently undertook for ASADA, I have been provisionally suspended from participating,” Matt Moss explained.

“I am at a loss to understand how the issue has arisen and I am in the process of challenging the results of the test through the appropriate processes. I am confident of being cleared and I look forward to returning to the sport I love as soon as possible.”

Image: MXN.

Image: MXN.

The situation is somewhat less complicated for Jake Moss, since recently announcing he has resigned from Kawasaki Motors Australia’s factory race team and is retiring from the sport. However, he hasn’t ruled out a return in the future and clearing his name will be paramount as a result.

“As you may know, I recently announced my retirement from racing,” Jake Moss commented, also via social media. “As I said at the time, this decision to retire was based upon my decision to focus on my family and career away from competitive motocross and supercross racing.

“I have recently been advised through Motorcycling Australia and ASADA that I have allegedly tested positive to Ostarine, which is prohibited substance under the World Anti-Doping Code. I do not accept the results of the test and I am in the process of challenging those results through the appropriate processes.”

National Pump Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team has since announced that American Kyle Peters will be aboard the team’s KX450F alongside Kade Mosig in the final national rounds, before countryman Wil Hahn takes charge with Mosig for Australian Supercross.

Stay tuned for more to come.