FIM president promises 2016 "changes" to prevent Rossi/Marquez repeat

FIM president Vito Ippolito has issued a statement addressed to the MotoGP grid, promising a change of approach for 2016 to prevent further controversies.

The sport has been rocked by the clash between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez at Sepang, for which Rossi was sent to the back of the grid for the Valencia finale.

"Over the past days, there have unfortunately been some controversies that have surpassed the limits of a healthy passion and, on occasions, logic itself," the president's statement read.

"You have millions of followers all around the world. They watch and admire your achievements on the track. And they also listen closely to what you say.

"What you do and say could have consequences that are not in keeping with the noble values of our sport."

Ippolito promised that that the officials will be keeping a stricter eye on rider behaviour in Valencia - and that changes will be implemented for 2016.

"We want to remind you of the values of our sport: exemplarity, fair play, sportsmanship and courtesy. Our officials will be vigilant in observing the fair play and sporting behaviour of every one of you and will be very strict with any infringement of our sporting rules.

"We must remember that we organise and practise sport at the professional level, not only because it is entertaining and extraordinary but also to showcase the values we believe in. The next race will be broadcast live and followed by a very large number of spectators.

"We therefore have ahead of us a golden opportunity to demonstrate to the world the highest values of our sport, and in so doing, to set a great example. We would also like to assure everybody that this weekend we will pay even more attention to what occurs on the track for the benefit of the sport.

"We would like to emphasise, that for next year, some changes will be made to prevent this [controversy] from happening again."

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Marc Marquez
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing , Repsol Honda Team
Article type Breaking news