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Rossi Withdraws His Appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Valentino Rossi has withdrawn the appeal he filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) before the final round of the 2015 MotoGP championship. We remind you that the Race Direction imposed three points of penalty on Rossi after the Malaysian round at Sepang.
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He took the case in front of FIM Stewards, but his action was rejected, leading to the enforcement of the initial sanction. With the three points after Sepang, Rossi had a total of four, which meant that he would be forced to take the start from the back of the grid in the final race of the season.

He then appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking a stay for the execution of the penalty, but his request was denied by the Sole Arbitrator appointed by mutual agreement, Professor Ulrich Haas (Germany).

At the same time, Rossi's teammate Jorge Lorenzo, asked the CAS to be allowed into the hearing process, but he was refused as well. The CAS motivated the refusal with the fact that Lorenzo had no part to play in the Rossi-Marquez incident.Rossi is already focusing on the 2016 season
The case remained under CAS investigation, even though the championship was over, with Jorge Lorenzo becoming the 2015 MotoGP World Champion.

Most likely figuring out that there was nothing more to be done, Rossi informed the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he does not want to continue with his appeal. The immediate consequence of his legal action is that the CAS terminated the procedure, thus leaving the FIM Stewards' decision in force.

The Sepang Incident sparked a wildfire in the MotoGP world, and even though now things seem to have cooled down, this is only the surface. The relationships between Marquez and Lorenzo on one side, and Rossi on the other are damaged for good, and each of the three is trying to get in the best shape to claim the 2016 title.

With the multiple changes in the premier class to be enforced from 2016, the MotoGP championship promises to be one of the most interesting ones in quite a while.


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