Rossi withdraws CAS appeal

Valentino Rossi withdrew the appeal he submitted to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the three penalty points he received for colliding with Marc Marquez at the Malaysian Grand Prix. 

The Movistar Yamaha rider had also tried to avoid starting at the back of the grid for the 2015 MotoGP season finale in Valencia. However, it was to no avail and Rossi lost out on the opportunity to win his seventh MotoGP title as team-mate Jorge Lorenzo came first and was subsequently crowned champion. 

The three penalty points will now remain on Rossi’s record for one calendar year and should he accumulate a total of seven points, he will be forced to start from the pit lane. 

“Mr Rossi has now informed the CAS that he does not wish to continue with his appeal,” a CAS statement said. “Accordingly, the arbitration procedure has been terminated and the FIM decision will continue to remain in force.”

The penalties against Rossi stemmed from his intense battle with Marquez at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang, where the duo passed each other nine times on lap 5 alone. With both riders unable to get a clear-cut advantage, Rossi’s frustrations got the better of him and he allegedly forced Marquez wide with the edge of the track approaching. This caused the Repsol Honda rider to crash and retire from the race.