News 1 Nov 2015

Rossi appeals penalty through Court of Arbitration for Sport

Nine-time world champion seeking penalty annulment or reduction.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his penalty from last weekend’s Malaysian round of the MotoGP World Championship at Sepang.

The appeal could allow Rossi to start from his qualifying position at this month’s final round of the 2015 season at Valencia, Spain, in a bid to claim a 10th world championship victory.

Rossi was handed three penalty points for his clash with Marc Marquez in Malaysia, which combined with his single penalty point at Misano, means he is currently set to start from the rear of the grid at the title decider.

If his penalty points are suspended during the appeal process, Rossi will be eligible to start from his qualified grid position at Valencia’s final round on 6-8 November.

A statement from the FIM and series organisers was released as follows:

On the basis of Article 3.4.2, para three 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 three 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.