MOTOGP: Rossi Loses CAS Appeal; Will Start From Rear of Grid in Valencia Finale

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland – official press release — MotoGP photo —

Valentino Rossi has lost his appeal of the penalty handed down by the FIM Stewards’ following the MotoGP Malaysia Grand Prix on Oct. 25.

Rossi was penalized by officials after making contact with Marc Marquez and forcing him to run wide while the two were battling for third at Sepang. Officials reviewed the incident after the race, awarded Rossi three penalty points and ordered him to start the final race of the season on Nov. 8 at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, from the rear of the grid.

Marquez and his Repsol Honda team accused Rossi of kicking Marquez’s brake during the altercation. Rossi has denied that claim.

Rossi’s appeal was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, who agreed with the officials and upheld the penalty against Rossi.

As a result Rossi must start Sunday’s season finale at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, from the rear of the field regardless of where he qualifies. He enters the finale with a seven-point lead over teammate Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP championship standings.

CREDIT: Court of Arbitration for Sport

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