The long-running dispute over the final classification for the second World Superbike race at Monza appears to have come to a definite conclusion with the ruling that Tom Sykes can retain his previously provisional third place over Sylvain Guintoli.

The original dispute occurred back in May when Sykes overtook Guintoli for third position on the final lap of the Italian race, only to cut across the Roggia chicane moments later.

Insisting he was well past Guintoli before he ran on at the chicane, Sykes defended himself by saying he was forced to shortcut the bend to avoid an early-braking Marco Melandri ahead before pointing out that he had also returned to the circuit in the proper manner.

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With Sykes going on to retain the position ahead of Guintoli, Aprilia subsequently launched a protest, which they were initially successful with, before a counter-protest from Kawasaki would see Sykes reinstated to third place once again.

Another protest from Aprilia would duly follow, prompting the case to be referred to the FIM International Disciplinary Court. With representatives making their case in July, a formal decision has now been made with Sole Judge Jan Stovicek duly rejecting Aprilia's appeal.

A statement from the FIM CDI reads as follows:

"Following the decision taken by the FIM Stewards at Race 2 of the FIM Superbike round held on 12 May in Monza (ITA) and counting towards the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship to cancel the drop of position sanction imposed by the Race Direction on rider Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), the Aprilia Racing Team and rider Sylvain Guintoli lodged an appeal with the FIM CDI.

"The CDI held a hearing in the case at the FIM headquarters in Mies (Switzerland) on 16 July 2013. The parties and their representatives were duly heard.

"The CDI in the person of Sole Judge Mr Jan Stovicek (Czech Republic) rejected the Appeal lodged with the FIM International Disciplinary Court (CDI) by Mr Sylvain Jean-Baptiste Guintoli and Aprilia Racing Team against the decision of the FIM Stewards taken on 12 May 2013.

"The CDI noted that there was no infringement of the FIM Superbike Regulations by the Rider Tom Sykes when he left the track at the entry to the "La Roggia" chicane as he used the route indicated and returned to the track at the prescribed spot."

The ruling means Sykes retains his third place, in doing so maintaining his slender lead over Guintoli in the overall standings with four rounds of the season to go. Had the decision gone in Aprilia's favour, the reversal of results would have seen Guintoli move back into the lead of the standings ahead of this weekend's races in Turkey.