Yamaha Motor Racing Managing director Lin Jarvis has explained why an appeal was made against the decision to hand Valentino Rossi three Penalty Points, in the wake of the Italian's collision with Marc Marquez in Sepang.

In a widely debated move that has serious repercussions for the eventual destination of the 2015 championship, Rossi will start the race at Valencia from the back of the grid, having amassed four Penalty Points over the course of the year.

Even though the decision was heavily criticised by Rossi's team-mate and championship rival Jorge Lorenzo - along with several other MotoGP riders - for not being severe enough, the Movistar Yamaha squad launched an appeal.

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Speaking in the wake of an astonishing day of events in Sepang, Jarvis said the team's role is "to protect the interests of our riders" and, as a team, they felt Rossi's punishment was "quite harsh", while simultaneously acknowledging the nine-time world champion had made "an incorrect move."

"Our job as a team is to protect the interests of our riders, so while we cannot deny that Valentino's move is not the sort of move that we want to see in MotoGP, at the same time we feel the penalty is quite harsh, especially when Valentino is not normally a dirty rider. He's not a rider that creates issues or problems for other people.

"As a team, we appealed to the FIM and the first decision of the race control. They heard him, also consulted race direction, consulted Marc Marquez and Honda, and finally after a period of 45 minutes we have the results of the appeal, which was rejected.

"The original penalty of three points against Valentino stands, and in the process of appealing, if the FIM steward rejects your appeal and agrees with the original decision, it is no longer appealable - it becomes final. It's case closed. That means now that Valentino Rossi will go to Valencia with this penalty."

Treading a fine line to maintain order in the Yamaha ranks, Jarvis stated that he respected Lorenzo's opinion that disqualification would have been a more appropriate punishment for Rossi. However, it was just that: an opinion, he said. He could comment no further on the matter.

The Yamaha man continued that he feels the event will serve to motivate Rossi further ahead of the final showdown in Valencia, an event in which the final outcome is far from certain in his eyes.

"If anything, knowing him [Rossi], this will probably make him more motivated to come back and to try to do another memorable season like this. And the championship isn't over - you have to keep that in mind. He has a seven-point lead, and while he's at a massive disadvantage starting from the back, in racing anything can happen.

"You never know if he can salvage something. Anything can happen. I've been to Valencia before where I was dead sure Valentino was going to win the championship and he didn't because something happened - something uncontrollable.

"MotoGP is highly competitive, and while it gives Jorge a lot more chance to win, he still has a seven-point deficit. Should for instance both riders fail to finish the championship, Valentino would win. The game is far from over."

Like many, Jarvis feels Marquez's moves were "revenge" for the comments Rossi had made about the Spaniard on Thursday and said, "you have to... question the motivation of the style of his race and the attempt to clearly disturb Valentino to the maximum."

Still, he stated he was "very sad" Rossi's "incorrect move" had resulted in Marquez falling.

"What happened today was the result of at least a couple of races of fierce competition between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi. From the first race in Phillip Island that led to the accusation that Valentino made the other day, and what we saw today was the revenge of Marc Marquez towards Valentino's statements in the media.

"If you analyse the race in detail and study every move of Marc's, none of them were illegal in any way - but I think you have to see the bigger picture and question the motivation of the style of his race and the attempt to clearly disturb Valentino to the maximum.

"That finally resulted in an overflow of frustration from Valentino, that resulted in a boiling over. He made a move, an incorrect move, that took Marc out towards the side of the track. Unfortunately Marc tried to turn in, hit the leg, and that caused him to fall off."

On Rossi's claim that the initial contact between the two machines may have caused Rossi's foot to slip from his foot-peg - rather than the Italian deliberately kicking out at his rival - Jarvis continued, "It's not only what I have seen, it's also what Valentino explained. I think the images back it up.

"A kick is an aggressive forwards motion, but in this case his foot went backwards. Valentino said he was touched, his leg went off the foot rest and flicked out. I don't think it's very wise to try and kick a 157kg RCV! I'm not defending the actions - and that's why he received the penalty. It was judged that it was a move not in the spirit of the rules of racing."

Jarvis felt Mike Webb and Race Direction had made the right call to review the incident after - rather than during - the race, considering the weight of the championship outcome rested upon his shoulders.

He then revealed he had been unaware Rossi was going to make his now infamous verbal attack on Marquez on Thursday.

"I was aware of his opinion of the race in Australia, but I wasn't aware he was going to say what he did. You can't control every incident and everything that happens. Normally we have a good connection with our riders, and we talk beforehand about things - but I think this was something Valentino felt strongly about, and it was his decision."

As to the eventual results of Rossi's harsh words, Jarvis was philosophical. "There are always many different ways of addressing a problem. Every action has a consequence. That's life!"

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Tesla:
Sasha Alexandrovich: He is lucky to come away with points. The penalty is quite mild. But inconsitency is key in MotoGP. A clown likes his own jokes but hates it when the joke's on him.
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I reckon most people like you who post idiotic comments are the lucky to have a racing forum like this one. It perfectly fits for trolls.

Seriously, I really wonder about the audacity of many silly fans here![\blockquote]

LOL Really? I just watched the race on ITV4 and ALL the commentary team including the ex-racers agreed VRs move was intentional to run MM wider and wider and MOST expected a disqualification. And what are your credentials again Tesla?

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Gel: It's sad it's come to this I was expecting the race of a lifetime between Rossi and Lorenzo but it's true the young testosterone MM balls it up on purpose? Now Lorenzo will celebrate his crown with the constant whispers of only cos Rossi was on the back row with no chance? Lorenzo if you want to be the best you have to beat the best how bout sitting out qualifying and start at side of Rossi only way you can call yourself world champion [\blockquote]

Typical Rossi fan. JL should be penalised because of something VR did.

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Well its all news to me having been away from CRASH while I waited to see the race on ITV4.

How on earth can they say MM was not racing hard like VR, but in fact it was something else?

Also I'm quite shocked VR was not disqualified. Obviously pushing MM wide and then wider, even obviously looking right at him!

VR could make up the points in Valencia.

IMO his Sepang antics should rule him out of a World Title.

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Garcia:
bri t: Well its all news to me having been away from CRASH while I waited to see the race on ITV4.

How on earth can they say MM was not racing hard like VR, but in fact it was something else?

Also I'm quite shocked VR was not disqualified. Obviously pushing MM wide and then wider, even obviously looking right at him!

VR could make up the points in Valencia.

IMO his Sepang antics should rule him out of a World Title.[\blockquote]

This is how sane people see it.[\blockquote]

Again typical Rossi fan. Its not Rossi but my mental health. Yeah right.

So why is he starting at the back of the Grid again? Obviously EVERYONE agreeing must be insane eh? You should therefore lodge a Compliant the Race Control is not fit for their position. Let me see the results please when you do.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, don't the break lever have a protection bar over them?

If so then how the f*ck did rossi touch it? I mean this really is a farce.

Now don't get me wrong, Rossi maybe should not have ran Marquez out and for that maybe Rossi could have been given a ticking off for as if nothing had happened then hardly anything would have been said about this.

Now I have watched this back time & time again, and its plainly evident that Marquez was the one that leaned on Rossi, and for all of you that think that Rossi kicked out then you must have been looking at it from a different view because his leg cam off and knee out and to the back of the bike. Not only that the real slow replay shows that marquez was already virtually down on the deck when Rossi's leg cam out.

Another thing i don't understand is this, was Marquez bike damaged?

I don't understand why he retired.

But one thing I'm fairly sure of Marquez was deliberately slowing Rossi down.

It's a real shame because

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check the sector times and the engine data. Is that a problem?
easy to get as a pdf on motogp. com

averaged laptimes hide the details

also, why did they not check engine data? Whether MM opened the throttle prior to the brake pressure increase, being proof that he ran into Rossi himself or if he was off the throtle before that event causing his fall.

They handed Lorenzo the championship. I'd expect hard factual evidence rather than a half hearted analysis. Even I put more effort into trying to understand the behavior.

I don't like this way of handling such a critical decision. It is unprofessional.

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Stuey99:
Harryx: check the sector times and the engine data. Is that a problem?[\blockquote]
None of this means jack. He kicked a rider off. It's unacceptable and the lack of a real penalty is a joke.
Any other rider would have been DSQ straight away[\blockquote]

You did not analyse the footage. MM accelerated into Rossi pushing his knee against the yamaha fairing. then the knee went out as a protective reflex.

"He kicked a rider off" is absolute bullshit. Before you confirm your opinion recheck the footage in slow motion...

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TrueFan:
Other riders have had much greater penalties for less. Just because he believes that he is entitled to only battle Lorenzo, and not Marquez, and therefore, Marquez provoked him...well, that's rubbish. Marquez is a professional racer, and it's his job to finish as high as he can.
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You mean with other racers MM I guess? our angel of morality and fairness?

MM did not provoke this on track? You checked the sectortimes in detail and charted those? and looked at the footage in slomo? Probably not, but you are so sure of yourself you don't need to...right?

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ampere:
Harryx:
You did not analyse the footage. MM accelerated into Rossi pushing his knee against the yamaha fairing. then the knee went out as a protective reflex.

"He kicked a rider off" is absolute bullshit. Before you confirm your opinion recheck the footage in slow motion...
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Have you seen each view in slow motion? Yes, Marquez comes in to contact with Rossi but Rossi is obstructing him. Watch in slow motion from each angle and that knee and lower leg are definitely lifted upwards and outwards.[\blockquote]

Right the error all make.
MM hits the knee with the handlebars while accelerating out. Touching probably the brake lever. The he falls and only then the knee moves out as a reflex. It is irrelevant at this point, even if it looks blatant, as the damage is already done when MM hits the knee pushing it against the fairing of Rossi's bike.

look closer...

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Garcia: Well at least now we know which one he prefers.[\blockquote]

I prefer noone. I just hate lies and disinformation and prefer the truth. Rossi screwed up . But MM was looking for trouble big time.

The truth only can come from facts, never from something people might have seen or interpreted. It is all biased by emotion without data.

I'm just trying to clarify who did what with data rather than dumb fan comments like " MM is a fair ridet" or "Rossi kicked MM off the bike"

so where is the sector time chart? and where is the slomo footage to what happenend exactly when , and where is the bike data from MM and Rossi?

You noticed something?

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