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Old 11-05-2015, 06:00 PM   #1
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MotoGP: Rossi stay of execution denied by CAS

Valentino Rossi will have to start from the back row after his request to have the FIM penalty from Sepang stayed until after Valenica was denied.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled that Valentino Rossi's request to stay the execution of the 3-point penalty imposed by the FIM for the incident at Sepang with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez until after this weekend's championship-deciding race was denied, meaning Rossi will have to start the race from the last position on the grid. Rossi's attorneys also appealed to have the FIM steward's decision to impose the 3-point penalty annulled or reduced, and that ruling is still under consideration by the CAS.

Starting from the last grid position puts Rossi in a tough situation, as he leads title rival (and Movistar Yamaha teammate) Jorge Lorenzo by only seven points. This means that if Lorenzo wins or finishes second, Rossi must finish right behind him. However, if Lorenzo finishes third, Rossi only needs to finish sixth or better to take the championship. The Repsol Hondas of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez are running well, with Pedrosa just coming off a stunning victory at Sepang, so Lorenzo will have to contend with them as well as the Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso. Needless to say, all eyes will be on Valencia this weekend.

The following is the press release from the Court of Arbitration for Sport:

FIM MotoGP Championship 2015

Valentino Rossi—Request to stay the execution of the FIM Stewards decision is dismissed

Lausanne, 5 November 2015 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed Valentino Rossi's request to stay the execution of the decision of the FIM Stewards on 25 October 2015. Accordingly, the decision of the FIM Stewards to impose 3 penalty points on Valentino Rossi's record following an incident with Marc Marquez during the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 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 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 3 penalty points on the rider's record, a sanction confirmed later by the FIM Stewards. Since Valentino Rossi already has 1 penalty point from an earlier incident this year, 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.

The 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 Hass/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 the 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 the FIM will have to be served at the next Grand Prix in Valencia.

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