Monday, September 16

MONZA SUPERBIKE DISPUTE RESOLVED

THE result of the second Superbike World Championship race at Monza in May has been confirmed, with Kawasaki's Tom Sykes officially declared the third place finisher.

The dispute arose when the Aprilia team protested the provisional result, claiming Sykes had had an unfair advantage when the Kawasaki man went ahead at the Roggia chicane.

Sykes said he was forced to take evasive action to avoid colliding with an early braking Marco Melandri.  Moments before, Sykes had passed Aprilia's Sylvain Guintoli for third place, a position he maintained after he rejoined the track following running through the chicane.

Sykes maintained he had returned to the circuit in the proper manner.

Aprilia protested the provisional result, and the FIM stewards on the day agreed, relegating Sykes to fourth place with Guiuntoli given third.

However, Kawasaki appealed that decision and Sykes was subsequently reinstalled in third place.

Aprilia in turn appealed that decision, with the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) referring the matter to its International Disciplinary Court. 

With representatives making their case in July, a formal decision was finally made on Friday, September 13 with Sole Judge Jan Stovicek 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.”