Rossi Takes the Sepang Incident to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Marquez Sued by Journalists

Rossi vs Marquez at Sepang, 2015 1 photo
The Sepang incident started a series of actions and counteractions that were simply unthinkable before the Malaysian race. Valentino Rossi took his case in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and appealed to have his penalty removed, or at least reduced from three points to one.
As we reported, the Race Direction handed Rossi three penalty points after the Sepang round. Together with the one he already had, Rossi's four penalty points will force him to take the start at Valencia from the last position on the grid... in case nothing changes.

According to an FIM document, Rossi filed an appeal against the FIM Stewards' decision to impose the three penalty points. The same official document states that Rossi also "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 race."

The appeal caused the Court of Arbitration for Sport to initiate an arbitration procedure. The CAS is expected to issue a decision on Rossi's request for a stay no later than November 6. This date is the final Friday of the MotoGP championship and the day when the first two Free Practice sessions will take place at Valencia.

If no change is made to the current state of things, Rossi's practice sessions will not count towards the Qualifying ones, as he will have to start the race from the last position on the grid. However, if the Court of Arbitration for Sport does remove the penalty or at least one point from it, Rossi will be allowed to take part in the Free Practice and Qualifying sessions.

It goes without saying that the final round of the 2015 championship will be packed with the most intense action we get to witness this year. As to who the 2015 MotoGP king will be, this is truly anyone's guess.

Marc Marquez sued by two journalists

Two journalists from the satirical Italian TV show Le Iene (The Hyenas) instruct their lawyers on taking legal action against Marc Marquez, based on assault, injury, slander and theft allegations. According to newslines, the two declare that Marquez' earlier claims of being insulted, humiliated and assaulted are unverified.

Even more, they claim that they are the actual assault victims and add that graphical evidence supporting their declarations will be released soon.

The same source indicates that the complaint filed with the police by Marquez' lawyers mentions the following: "A group of people appeared at the rider’s home and shouted a series of insults, made certain ridiculous and humiliating actions towards the rider himself and even pushed and assaulted his closest relatives. Given the seriousness of these actions, such acts have been condemned, and the normal course of criminal proceedings will be followed against such persons."

Like in Rossi's case, time will tell who the real culprit in this affair is.
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