Rossi drops appeal against MotoGP stewards’ decision in Malaysia

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Valentino Rossi has dropped his appeal against the FIM stewards over a penalty received at the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix back in October.

Rossi was handed three penalty points on his license by the FIM stewards after appearing to make contact with Honda rider Marc Marquez at Sepang during a battle over third place.

The incident sparked outrage among some in the MotoGP paddock, but the penalty points were enough to relegate Rossi to the back of the grid for the title decider in Valencia two weeks later.

After having a request for a stay of execution rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Rossi managed to fight his way up to fourth place in Spain, only for Yamaha teammate and title rival Jorge Lorenzo to take the championship after winning on home soil.

Rossi still intended to take his appeal against the stewards’ decision in Malaysia to CAS even with the season over, but it was confirmed on Thursday that the Italian had dropped the case.

“Mr. Rossi has now informed the CAS that he does not wish to continue with his appeal,” read part of a statement from MotoGP.

“Accordingly, the arbitration procedure has been terminated and the FIM decision will continue to remain in force.”

The decision brings an end to one of the most turbulent battles MotoGP has known in recent years, with Rossi accusing Marquez and Lorenzo of colluding to prevent him from winning the title in Valencia.

Supercross: Enzo Lopes will race with ClubMX in 2024

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Coming off his best Supercross season to date, Enzo Lopes has re-signed with Muc-Off / ClubMX Yamaha and will race for the team in 2024. The deal is for Supercross only.

Enzo Lopes won his heat race in Denver and finished fourth in the Main. – Feld Motor Sports

Lopes debuted in the Supercross series in 2019 on a Suzuki and scored his first top-10 finishes in his last two starts of that season. Showing consistent improvement, he earned six top-10s in eight Main events the following year and finished fifth in the 250 East standings. In 2022, he scored his first top-five at Daytona and finished in the top five in points again.

“I am happy to be returning to ClubMX for another season,” Lopes said in a press release. “It is like family to me there and that is very important. Although I had many options, staying where I am makes the most sense for many reasons. The bikes are great, the people are great, the tracks are amazing, and I am surrounded by people that care about me. We all want to win and together we will get there.”

While he improved his season-best performance by only one position this year, it was nevertheless a breakout season. Lopes barely missed the podium three times in 2023 with fourth-place finishes at San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.

His strong performance him rumored to be speaking with factory teams.

“We could see the growth from Enzo every time he gets on the bike,” said team owner Brandon Haas. “We all knew it was just a matter of time before he would be noticed by everyone, and we are proud of him on many levels. He had some heat race wins and qualified fastest at three events this season. It would be hard not to be noticed going that fast. He had a big decision to make and we are glad he chose to stay with us at ClubMX.”

Lopes had three podium finishes in heat races this year, including a win preceding his fourth-place finish in Denver.

Lopes will join Jeremy Martin, Phil Nicoletti and Garrett Marchbanks, who announced a two-year extension with the team in January, at the ClubMX team.