Friday 23 March 2018

Video: Valentino Rossi will begin title decider from back of the grid after CAS appeal fails

Valentino Rossi was guilty of kicking Marc Marquez from his bike
Valentino Rossi was guilty of kicking Marc Marquez from his bike

Valentino Rossi will start the final race of the MotoGP World Championship season in Spain on Sunday from the back of the grid after his bid for a stay of execution on the penalty was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Movistar Yamaha rider was given the grid penalty after clashing with Repsol Honda Marc Marquez rider during the previous race at Sepang in Malaysia.

Rossi was found to have caused a collision which resulted in Marquez crashing out of that race.

Watch the incident below:

The Sepang Race Direction imposed a penalty of three points on Rossi's licence, taking him up to four and bringing into force the grid penalty at Valencia.

The decision was ratified by the Race Stewards but Rossi appealed to CAS for arbitration, firstly asking for the penalty to be withdrawn or reduced and secondly for a stay of execution.

CAS has rejected the stay of execution but will not arbitrate on the penalty until after Sunday's race, in effect making the appeal irrelevant.

TV footage appeared to show Rossi kicking out at Marquez following a race-long battle, something which his team claims there was no evidence of as it was not referred to in the judgement by the Race Direction after the incident was investigated.

Rossi finished the Sepang race in third behind winner and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo who reduced his deficit to in the championship standings to the Italian to seven points.

If Lorenzo wins the race at Valencia Rossi would need to finish second to secure his 10th world title.

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