CDI dismisses Pons Team appeal against lifting of Marquez penalty
After Marc Marquez had been given a one minute penalty for the incident with Pol Espargaro at the Catalunya Grand Prix, which saw local hero Espargaro crash heavily and injure his ankle, and the punishment was later overruled by the FIM stewards, the International Disciplinary Court has now dismissed the appeal that the Pons Team had lodged afterwards to have the penalty reinstated.
This means Marquez will keep his third place finish and the 16 points from that event, although the Pons Team still has the possibility to bring the matter to the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
Below you can find the complete press release which can also be read here [PDF file].
The International Disciplinary Court (CDI) chaired by Judge Frantisek Schulmann, convened a Hearing today at the TT Assen Circuit to judge the Appeal lodged by the team of the Spanish rider Pol Espargaró against a decision of the FIM Stewards taken following the Moto2 race of the Grand Premi Aperol held on the circuit of Catalunya on 03 June 2012.
Rider Marc Márquez, #93, was initially sanctioned by the Race Direction with a 1-minute time penalty to be added to his overall time for infringement of Article 1.21.2 of the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix regulations. As a result, he finished with rank 23.
Upon an Appeal lodged by rider Márquez before the FIM Stewards against the decision of the Race Direction and after having viewed and reviewed many times the collision between the riders Márquez and Espargaró, the three FIM Stewards unanimously decided that the behaviour of Marc Márquez showed no deliberate intention to cause an accident. Consequently, the first appeal body composed of the three FIM Stewards quashed the decision of the Race Direction.
Following the FIM Stewards’ decision, the team of rider Espargaró, Pons 40 HP Tuenti, lodged in due time an Appeal against the FIM Stewards’ decision. Following today’s Hearing of the Appellant and due consideration having been given to all arguments and to videos of the collision, the CDI judge decided to receive but then to dismiss the appeal of the Team Pons 40 HP Tuenti.
A reasoned decision will be notified to the Appellant in due time. An Appeal against this decision may be lodged before the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) within five days following the notification of the written Appeal to the team Pons 40 HP Tuenti.