MotoGP – CAS rejects Rossi appeal

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected Yamaha factory rider Valentino Rossi’s appeal to have his Sepang penalty suspended until after this weekend’s Valencia title showdown.

The three-point penalty, handed to him for his part in the incident he was involved in with Marc Marquez that pushed the spaniard wide and caused him to lowside, means he will start from the back of the grid for the final race and the season’s title decider at Valencia.

Rossi, who has a seven point cushion over second placed Jorge Lorenzo, will still be entitled to participate in Q2 if he finishes in the top ten after the three sessions of free practice, but the position he secures in Q2 will not count for his grid position as he will be automatically relegated to the very back of the grid.

The statement reads: “”The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed Valentino Rossi’s request to stay the execution of the decision issued by the FIM Stewards on 25 October 2015.

“Accordingly, the decision of the FIM Stewards to impose three penalty points on Valentino Rossi’s record following an incident with Marc Marquez during the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix race held on 25 October 2015 stands and Valentino Rossi will commence the next (and last) event of the season, to be held in Valencia/Spain on 6-8 November 2015, from the last grid position.

“After the race in Malaysia, the FIM Race Direction found that Valentino Rossi had deliberately run
wide in order to force Marc Marquez off line, resulting in contact causing Marquez to crash out of the
race. For this breach of the FIM regulations, the FIM Race Direction imposed three penalty points on the
rider’s record, a sanction confirmed later by the FIM Stewards. Since Valentino Rossi already has one
penalty point from an earlier incident this year, this decision brings him to a total of four penalty points.
On the basis of the FIM Regulations, a rider with four penalty points must start the next race from last
grid position.

“This request for a stay was filed at CAS on 29 October 2015 by Valentino Rossi together with his
appeal to have the FIM Steward’s decision regarding the 3 point penalty annulled or at least reduced.
The CAS Arbitrator, appointed by mutual agreement of the parties (Prof. Ulrich Haas/Germany), heard
the representatives of Mr Rossi and FIM yesterday at the CAS office in Lausanne in order to rule
exclusively on the urgent request for a stay to determine whether or not Valentino Rossi should start
from last grid position in Valencia. The CAS Arbitrator found that the conditions to grant the stay were
not met, which means that the sanction imposed by FIM will have to be served at the next Grand Prix
in Valencia.

“On 2 November 2015, Jorge Lorenzo filed a Request for Intervention in order to be able to participate
in this CAS arbitration but such request was denied. However, the CAS Arbitrator, after consultation
with the parties, allowed the filing of a written statement by counsel for Jorge Lorenzo.

“The arbitration procedure is still in progress and a final decision on the merits will be rendered at a
later stage.”

The CAS ruling is only on Rossi’s request to have the penalty suspended for Valencia. The full case will still be heard in front of the panel of arbitration, but that will still take between six and twelve months, and will have no impact on the outcome of the the 2015 championship.

It also means that Rossi has now served his penalty, and he will not have to serve it again after the hearing has completed.

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