Valentino Rossi says he hopes to 'fight for the title on equal terms' with his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, as he awaits a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on a request to suspend his Sepang penalty.

Rossi, who leads Lorenzo by seven points heading into this weekend's championship showdown at Valencia, received three penalty points for causing a collision that sent Marc Marquez out of the Malaysian race - and is due to start last on the grid at Valencia as a result.

To avoid such a setback Rossi has appealed to the CAS to reduce or annul his Sepang penalty - but since such a decision could take months, he has also asked for the penalty points to be suspended until the CAS reaches its final judgement.

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Such a "stay of execution" is thus arguably more important than the final CAS verdict: If the penalty is suspended Rossi can start from his normal grid spot and, if the CAS later confirms the FIM punishment, he would serve the last place start some time next season instead.

Likewise, if the "stay" is rejected then Rossi will start last on the grid and it will be largely irrelevant whether the CAS confirms or removes the three penalty points at a later date, since the championship will have been decided.

The CAS expects to announce if Rossi's request for a penalty suspension has been accepted "no later than" Friday.

The 36-year-old said he is only focusing on his work on track, but explained he launched the appeal to CAS because he feels he should be able to fight for the title on an equal standing with Lorenzo.

The Sepang punishment only meant a back of the grid start at Valencia because Rossi already had one penalty point from Misano.

"I'm still waiting to hear the decision of the CAS, but I hope I can do a normal GP to battle and fight for the title on equal terms with Jorge," Rossi said. "In Valencia there will be so many fans and I'm glad for that. I'll try to do my best on the track.

"It will be a very intense weekend and also a very important one. I want to think just about what will happen at the track."

With the post-Sepang fallout still overhanging the MotoGP season finale, Rossi says he wants to produce his own response to the controversy on-track by sealing a tenth world title and eighth MotoGP crown.

"My goal is to work at my best capabilities with my team and make the most of every session to get to the race on Sunday with everything I need to express myself in the best way possible," he added.

Rossi hasn't won the MotoGP title since 2009 but has led this year's standings - barring a brief points tie with Lorenzo after Brno - since a victory in round one.

The oldest rider on the grid, many believe it is now or never for Rossi's tenth world title...

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Yeah just skim over the bit where you were found guilty of irresponsible riding.

B. Andy:
bri t:
B. Andy: Equal TERMS == REMOVE PENALTY, REMOVE SEPAN POINTS.

THEN it's equal! Have a good fight![\blockquote]

Why remove the penalty and remove points? On the whole it is fair - with rules and penalty points for those who don't ride 'fair'.
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Because any other rider would have been black-flagged that race! No doubt about it.[\blockquote]

I agree hence 'on the whole'.

Insidejob: Check out "Slow motion onboard camera Rossi kick" on you tube.

Proves Rossi didn't kick him. More a well timed and forceful flick of the leg. [\blockquote]

Good link!

B. Andy: Equal TERMS == REMOVE PENALTY, REMOVE SEPAN POINTS.

THEN it's equal! Have a good fight![\blockquote]

Why remove the penalty and remove points? On the whole it is fair - with rules and penalty points for those who don't ride 'fair'.

RealRacingCampaign:
bri t:
Insidejob: Check out "Slow motion onboard camera Rossi kick" on you tube.

Proves Rossi didn't kick him. More a well timed and forceful flick of the leg. [\blockquote]

Good link!
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The action of Rossi's leg was disregarded as a factor by RD - so it will not be considered for or against Rossi in the Appeal process.

So it's totally irrelevant & whatever anyone proved or disproved about Rossi's leg makes no difference at all to the outcome.

I suggest you waste your time trying to prove something else a bit more relevant. [\blockquote]

Sure it won't be factored in? Pity if it isn't. That showed the size of the kick which had looked a lot smaller from other angles.

Anyone know if it was an 'Official' release or whistle blower?

Wooly:
justPeople: Search youtube

marquez rossi sepang fonsi nieto analysis sub-eng

clear analysis by a spanish rider.[\blockquote]

More people need to watch this[\blockquote]

So true...watch it. A fair and honest opinion well argumented from Nieto...I'm impressed by his honesty

Garcia:
Yearby23: Harryx

I know who he is. Raced 250's and WSBK and now he's DJ in Spain.

Does anyone speak Spanish fluently enough to verify what he's saying matches the subtitles though?
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Yes what he sais matches the subtitles but as I said before, Fonsi nieto is rossi's lap dog, failed rider turned DJ in ibiza up to his eyebrows in cocaine every day, rossi may have helped with debt...etc he has zero credibility even the presenters are looking at him like 'is he on something..?' lol!

Even with that the interview is edited he also goes to say of course Rossi deserved the penaly as his intention was to take marquez out. [\blockquote]

sure sure... go sit back and weep. Nieto seems to have a quite clear head if you ask me. Sharp and direct was his reasoning...a real racer :-)

Yearby23: Harryx

I know who he is. Raced 250's and WSBK and now he's DJ in Spain.

Does anyone speak Spanish fluently enough to verify what he's saying matches the subtitles though?
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Hence the :-)

The Subs and body language are correct as far my spanish goes...

Yearby23:
Harryx:
Wooly:
justPeople: Search youtube

marquez rossi sepang fonsi nieto analysis sub-eng

clear analysis by a spanish rider.[\blockquote]

More people need to watch this[\blockquote]

So true...watch it. A fair and honest opinion well argumented from Nieto...I'm impressed by his honesty
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You mean Fonsi Nieto, the famous Spanish DJ? [\blockquote]

In fact no,,,you want a hint :-)

RealRacingCampaign:
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This is the same guy who tried to get rivals after PI to not race him for position, & who deliberately foiled a rival on track, all to artificially & unfairly gain points over JL -
... and so on. [\blockquote]

You don't want to accept that the weird behavior of #93 in PI was suspicious. Even #29, who raced normal, thought so. #46 maybe should have worded this differently or not have mentioned it at all: Agreed.

You imply wrongly that #46 wanted everyone to let him pass, and that is utter nonsense and your personal skewed vision of things.

You basically agree that #93 was interfering, but THAT was apparently OK as #46 had given him "cause" to do so in PI: again subjective and wrong thinking.

#93 should have raced for his position Basta. He produced non-value added, dangerous maneuvers reducing #46's chance on the title. THAT is the problem. The fall, if you like is the DETAIL. it is a question of HONOUR, NOT RULES.