Valentino Rossi Penalty Appeal
The decision came one day early from the FIM regarding the Valentino Rossi appeal, but it that’s futile considering the outcome. The FIM Thursday has denied the nine-time World Champion’s appeal to reverse the three-point penalty Rossi incurred during the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit.
Following a few close calls with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez during Sepang MotoGP, Rossi clearly displayed his anger by throwing his left hand up or starring down Marquez. But it was on lap six at turn 14 when this battled ended. While in third, Rossi ran a wider line at turn 14, which caused some contact between him and Marquez.
Following the contact, the 22-year-old Spaniard crashed. The situation was immediately flagged for review by Race Direction, and Rossi was later assigned three Penalty Points. Due to also incurring a penalty point during qualifying at Misano, Rossi now has four penalty points. This means Rossi will have to start the final round at Valencia from the back of the grid.
This is going to drive leagues of VR46 fans into a maddening state considering the incident will have the biggest impact on the outcome of the 2015 MotoGP title. The season finale gets underway this weekend at Valencia; Rossi’s Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammate Jorge Lorenzo trails by seven points. Starting from the back of the grid is going to present by far the biggest challenge of Rossi’s entire 2015 MotoGP season.
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Following is the official FIM document regarding the denial of Rossi’s Appeal:
On 4 November 2015, a preliminary hearing was held at the headquarters of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne in the matter Valentino Rossi v. the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. The FIM was represented by its Legal Director, Mr Richard Perret.
Following the hearing, the CAS issued an Order dismissing the application for a stay filed by Mr Rossi concerning the decision rendered on 25 October 2015 by the FIM Stewards (see Order attached).
The CAS ruling on the request for stay of execution does not prejudge the final award on the merits of the case.
In appealing to the CAS against the decision of the FIM Stewards, Mr Rossi seeks annulment or modification of the FIM Stewards’ decision taken at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang, in which the FIM Stewards confirmed the 3 penalty points awarded by the Race Direction to Mr Rossi following an incident on Turn 14.
The FIM takes note of the ruling of the CAS.
As a consequence of this ruling, at the Gran Premi de la Comunitat Valenciana, last race of the FIM World Championship Grand Prix, Mr Rossi will start from the last position on the Grid.