Valentino Rossi has appealed the FIM steward’s decision to impose three penalty points on his record following his altercation with Marc Marquez at Sepang. The three points, in addition to the single point he received earlier in the year, would require him to start from the final row of the grid in the season-ending MotoGP race at Valencia next weekend.
Following the race at Sepang, Rossi had filed an appeal of Race Direction’s original decision with the FIM Stewards, which was immediately turned down. Rossi has now filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, an international body that settles sporting disputes by arbitration. The Movistar Yamaha rider is seeking an annulment of the penalty or a reduction from three points to one. The CAS has stated that the arbitration procedure is in progress, and a decision will be issued in time for the Valencia finale.
The FIM and CAS press releases follow:
FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix
Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix
Rider Valentino Rossi appeals FIM Stewards’ decision
On the basis of Article 3.4.2, para 3 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations, Mr Valentino Rossi has filed an Appeal against the decision taken by the Race Direction of the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang, penultimate round of the FIM MotoGP Grand Prix World Championship, and confirmed by the FIM Stewards, to award 3 penalty points to Mr Rossi following an incident on Turn 14.
In appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Mr Rossi seeks annulment or reduction of the penalty. He further requests stay of execution of the decision in accordance with Article R37 of the Code of Sports-Related Arbitration.
The FIM will not comment any further at this time.
FIM MOTOGP CHAMPIONSHIP 2015
VALENTINO ROSSI FILES AN APPEAL AT THE COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS)
Lausanne, 30 October 2015 – Italian MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the FIM Stewards’ decision to impose 3 penalty points on his record following an incident with another rider during the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix race held on 25 October 2015.
The FIM Race Direction found that Mr Rossi deliberately ran wide in order to force the other rider off line, resulting in contact causing the other rider to crash out of the race. For this breach of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations (the FIM Regulations), the FIM Race Direction imposed 3 penalty points on the rider’s record. Mr Rossi immediately appealed such decision to the FIM Stewards who dismissed the appeal and confirmed the penalty imposed by the FIM Race Direction. Since Valentino Rossi already has 1 penalty point from an earlier incident, this decision brings him to a total of 4 penalty points. On the basis of the FIM Regulations, a rider with 4 penalty points must start the next race from last grid position.
In his appeal to the CAS, Mr Rossi seeks the annulment of the penalty, or at least a reduction from 3 points to 1. Together with his appeal, Mr Rossi has filed an urgent application to stay the execution of the challenged decision in order not to lose his place on the starting grid at the next, and last, event of the season which will be held in Valencia/Spain on 6-8 November 2015.
An arbitration procedure is in progress. A decision on Mr Rossi’s request for a stay is expected to be issued no later than 6 November 2015.