MotoGP

Rossi takes Sepang clash penalty to court

The Italian is 'seeking annulment or reduction of the penalty' before Valencia

VALENTINO Rossi has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after receiving a three-point penalty following the Sepang clash with Marc Marquez. 

The Italian MotoGP rider was given three penalty points after Race Direction claimed he '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'.

A three-point penalty was given as it is against the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations which added to the one-point on his licence.

FIM regulations state that four penalty points means the rider must start from the back of the grid. 

Rossi's appeal to the CAS states: '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.'

The nine-time World Champion is therefore seeking annulment or reduction of the penalty and requests 'stay of execution of the decision in accordance with Article R37 of the Code of Sports-Related Arbitration.'

A decision on Rossi’s appeal is expected to be issued no later than 6th November 2015.

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