The saga of the post-race penalty imposed on Marc Marquez for his collision with title rival Pol Espargaro in the closing stages of the Catalan Moto2 race looks to have finally come to an end.
A hearing held at Assen on Wednesday, the day before the start of the Dutch round, upheld the decision of the FIM Stewards, who had overturned the post-race penalty handed to Marquez by Race Direction.
A message on the official MotoGP Twitter feed read: “Pol Espargaro's appeal was rejected and the FIM Stewards decision to cancel Marc Marquez penalty stands.”
Update: The full official ruling can now be seen below.
An investigation into the collision, which occurred when Marquez cut back onto the racing line after running wide in a near fall, was announced moments after the June 3 incident.
Marquez was able to continue following the contact, but Espargaro - who had tried to take advantage of Marquez's mistake by diving for the gap created on the inside - suffered a heavy fall (pictured).
When Marquez - who said he had not seen Espargaro - took his place on the podium, in third, and official results were published it seemed no action would be taken.
However Race Direction later imposed a one-minute penalty on the Spanish teenager for an 'infringement to article 1.21.2', which states: "Riders must ride in a responsible manner which does not cause danger to other competitors or participants."
This dropped Marquez to 23rd on the revised results.
Unusually, the decision of Race Direction was then overturned by the FIM Stewards and Marquez was thus reinstated in third and yet another version of the final results published.
But Espargaro's Pons 40 HP Tuenti team placed an appeal against the ruling made by the FIM Stewards. It was that appeal which was heard at Assen on Wednesday.