MotoGP Adding Breathalyzer to Drug Test Protocol

04/20/2017 @ 9:04 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

Going forward, the MotoGP Championship will begin testing its riders for alcohol consumption, adding a breathalyzer test to its random drug screening process.

While alcohol use has been banned in MotoGP since 2004, today’s news comes as the FIM has added the testing protocol to its 2017 medical code.

Like its current process regarding the screening for drug use, the FIM will pick three random riders before several rounds during the season, and make them take a mandatory breathalyzer test.

The testing protocol will see Dorna penalizing any rider who has a BAC of 0.10 grams per liter or more. A failure of the breathalyzer test will result in a more accurate alcohol screening process, with disciplinary actions including up to an 18-months suspension.

One of the most vocal proponents of testing riders in the GP paddock for drug use, Cal Crutchlow was equally positive about the FIM’s plan to include alcohol use in its testing regiment, though was quick to say more could be done in the premier racing series.

“As you know, I have spoken about drug testing in our sport. I don’t think there’s particularly enough of it, I don’t think they should select three people in our championship to be on this system. I think everybody should be on it,” said Crutchlow. “We’re a world championship. World Superbike, World Supersport, all three GP classes, they should all be on it.”

“I don’t understand why there’s just three in each championship. It’s free. The testing is what costs. But when there are hundreds and hundreds of millions spent on our sport, why are they testing at two or three races a year?”

“But the breathalyzing thing, I’ve know a few riders who have probably raced drunk, and it’s a good idea to test them. I don’t think it’s a great idea, I would prefer if they did more drug testing. But at the end of the day, I don’t think there’s much going on in the sport, but I think there’s something going on.”

The latter part of that statement alluding to previous comments from the LCR Honda rider that drug testing in MotoGP still has room for improvement to be truly effective.

Source: FIM

  • Ur Momma

    Sounds like the use of HGA and other compounds is STILL the problem.

  • Joey Dunlop would never have passed. RIP.

  • Spurdog1

    To put the lives of other riders in danger by racing drunk is really selfish. Its dangerous enough surely!

  • Shinigami

    Professional sport in general is far behind most Olympic sports in terms of doping control. However, with the litany of injuries that many riders deal with over the course of a season, one wonders whether there would be even a half-grid by the last third of the season if strict WADA rules were adhered to in MotoGP.

  • Peter

    Should be the same as any other safety equipment requirement- mandatory for everyone, for every race- no exceptions. Meet the requirements, or don’t race.

  • Jason Channell

    Who the hell gets on a GP bike while drunk?

  • tony

    nice one on the o’douls jb! lmfao…

  • Fivespeed302

    If you can get ahold of a GP bike, I’ll give it a go.

  • VFRMarc

    So . . . the use of alcohol has been banned since 2004 and they’re just getting around to testing for it? And random testing, at that???? WTF?

  • paulus

    Olympic testing is also a farce. Designed to give the appearance of being active by checking for older drugs, whilst allowing the latest generation of drugs to pass through. Win-win… the Olympics appears clean and records continue to be broken, attract viewers, which then attracts sponsors and TV rights… Ka-Ching!

  • paulus

    it’s not a sobriety test… it is for the presence of alcohol.
    A minor amount can actually improve performance by calming the nerves.

  • Mike Flynn

    nerves need to be there..i played a lot of sports and once you get started they go away…what i know is if I drink and ride I get very brave and crazy..
    The last two out of three times i was smoked out, i crashed..that gets me even crazier
    this past august I quit taking ANY mind altering substances..I might crash but the chance are way less…..stay upright….oh ya, I feel better…life is good