Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 10 Dec 2015
Valentino Rossi has withdrawn the appeal lodged with the Court of Arbitration of Sport against the FIM Stewards’ decision to award him three penalty points following the incident with Marc Marquez in Sepang.
Rossi took his appeal to the CAS in the weeks between Sepang and Valencia in the hope that the body would agree to a ‘stay of execution’ (or putting the penalty ‘on hold) while it was investigated, a process that can take sixth months or longer. This would have meant he didn’t have to start from the back of the grid at the final round.
The request for a stay of execution was declined on the Thursday before Valencia, meaning Rossi would still start the race last. The Italian managed to fight through to fourth place, but it wasn’t enough to stop team-mate Jorge Lorenzo taking the title.
The CAS were still set to look into the case, until it was announced earlier today that Rossi had opted to withdraw his appeal. No statement has been made by the Italian at this stage.