The 2012 Valencian MotoGP was a clean race according to the FIM.
After news emerged of Antony West failing a drugs test (methylhexaneamine – a banned substance was found) in Le Mans, and subsequently missed the final race of the season in Valencia there was an added interest into the results of the latest results.
The tested riders were Brad Binder, Fami Khairuddin and race winner Danny Kent in the Moto3 class. Dominique Aegerter, Juilian Simon and Jordi Torres were the tested riders in the Moto2 category. The MotoGP riders tested were Cardian AB Ducati rider Karel Abraham, Ben Spies’ Japanese replacement Katsuyuki Nagasuga and CRT winner Michelle Pirro.
All nine riders who were tested were selected at random and no prohibited substances or their metabolites, or the use of prohibited methods were found in their tested substances.
Whilst there is still debate among the riders and fans as to the benefits doping would actually assist on the bike, it is still a relief to see the sport clean with all the scandals in other sports around the world.