Aprilia Factory Racing Team have lodged an official complaint to the FIM’s International Disciplinary Court about the incident between their rider, Sylvain Guintoli and Kawasaki Racing’s Tom Sykes.
|There was some parc ferme confusion too…
The incident occurred on the last lap of the second race last weekend at Monza, where Tom Sykes over-ran the chicane at Della Roggia and returned to the field in the same position he left in, third – ahead of Aprilia’s Guintoli. However, the Frenchman argues that Sykes significantly slowed him upon returning to the circuit causing him to miss out on the chance of a podium, if not a race win. After some initial confusion in Parc Fermé, the initial result was Sykes in third place – however a complaint lodged by Guintoli to Race Direction saw the positions swapped. That wasn’t the end though, Kawasaki appealed to the FIM panel of stewards who reversed the decision and re-instated Sykes in third place.
The next level of complaint is to the FIM’s International Disciplinary Court, to which Aprilia had to submit their case within 5 days. According to Guintoli on Twitter, they did so today. The Frenchman tweeted: “Monza Playstation overtaking move update, an appeal was registered today at the FIM HQ. Results in a few weeks..”
The IDC will now fully analyse all available data and footage and make a final decision. As Guintoli says, the decision is expected in a few weeks.