New illicit drug screening program underway
February 25, 2013

Motorcycling Australia (MA) conducted the first tests in its new screening program for illicit drugs on Australian riders at the World Superbike Championship event at Phillip Island last weekend 23-24 February.

The program used SureTest CupLab screens to test for illicit substances including amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines and opiates and was well embraced by riders and officials.

25 random tests were conducted across the weekend, with a selection of 17 Australian Superbike/Prostock, Australian Supersport and Australian Historic riders, five National Arenacross riders and three officials. All 25 selected participants passed the screens.

MA’s National Risk and Compliance Manager Claire Lawrence was pleased with the uptake of the program and the outcome of the screening tests.

“Riders and officials understand the importance of creating the safest possible environment for all participants, and were highly receptive to the launch of the new program and the screening process,” she said.

“The testing process was straight forward and non-invasive, and we are thrilled that one hundred percent of participants passed the screens.”

“We are pleased that this initial weekend of screening has been a success and we will now work to expand the screening program right across the sport.”

The screening program for illicit drugs will continue to be rolled out at Australian Championship and National Series events throughout the year.

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