PBM's James Ellison
dropped from 14th to 15th in Sunday's Indianapolis MotoGP classification following a post-race protest by the Attack Performance team, which was running Steve Rapp as a wild-card entry.
Ellison had dropped to the back of the field after gearbox problems early in the race, then ran off track on several more occasions due to the same issue.
It was during one of those moments, on lap 24 of 27, that Ellison gained a small advantage - setting what would be the tenth fastest lap of the grand prix, 0.3s under the next best lap by a CRT rider.
"As I went into Turn 1 on lap three, there was a problem with the gearbox which caused me to run off the track losing nearly 20 seconds and putting me dead last by a long way," Ellison explained.
"I fought so hard to get back in the points and the problem reoccurred two more times with the same outcome, only the third time it happened, it caused me to cut the track and accidently gain a 1.6 second advantage.
"I didn't really think a lot of it given I had lost so much time and was delighted to have finished 14th in the race but a protest was put in by the rider I beat which was upheld and put us down to 15th."
The official decision confirmed 'Rider #77 Ellison has been demoted 1 position by Race Direction for shortcuting the track (art. 1.21.3)'.
"I think it was a bit harsh as we lost over 20 seconds with the other two excursions and if you ask me, it was just bad sportsmanship and I was very disappointed that we didn't get the additional point we worked so hard for," continued Ellison.
"I have raced against Steve Rapp in AMA and have a lot of respect for him and his Attack team so am disappointed they resorted to this."