In light of the recent MotoGP controversy stirred up by the #SepangClash between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, the Permanent Bureau of the FIM MotoGP World Championship has summoned all MotoGP teams and riders to meet prior to the season finale at Valencia. FIM President Vito Ippolito and Chief Executive Officer of Dorna Sports Carmelo Ezpeleta will lead proceedings on Thursday November 5, 2015 at 3:30pm local time. As a result (and presumably to avoid any further pot stirring) the pre-event press conference has been canceled. The controversy is very much alive despite both Race Direction and the FIM Stewards upholding the three point penalty imposed on Rossi, following announcement that the Yamaha rider had taken his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. CAS will decide whether a “stay of execution of the challenged decision” will be appropriate prior to the event, in which case Rossi would not have to start from the back of the grid for the race Sunday. The complete MotoGP press release announcing the Permanent Bureau summons is included below.
Following the events that occurred at the Malaysian Grand Prix and further developments over the following week and given the exceptional circumstances, the Permanent Bureau of the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship, comprising of Messrs Vito Ippolito, FIM President, and Carmelo Ezpeleta, Chief Executive Officer of Dorna Sports, will summon all MotoGP™ riders and their respective team managers to address the situation on Thursday 5th November at 15.30 Local Time.
Given these circumstances, the pre-event press conference scheduled at 17.00 will be cancelled.