Following a protest lodged by Honda, Suzuki, Aprilia and KTM in the wake of Dovizioso’s success earlier this month, the FIM Court of Appeals hearing took place on Friday at the governing body’s headquarters at Mies, Switzerland.
The four teams which filed the complaint believed that the device, which was also used by Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller at Qatar, given a aerodynamic benefit – a claim rejected by Ducati, that insisted its aim would be to cool the back tyre.
However, in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, the FIM declared that the device is valid and that its usage can’t be protested in subsequent races.
The statement :”Following a hearing at Mies on Friday 22 March, the MotoGP Court of Appeal handed down its decision now 26 March along with the parties (the four appellants, Ducati and the FIM) were duly advised. On those grounds, the MotoGP Court of Appeal rules that:
“The appeals filed by Team Aprilia, Team Suzuki, Team Honda and Team KTM are admissible.
“The race results are confirmed and therefore are declared as final.
“The petition to acknowledge that these devices prohibited and prohibit its use at future races is refused”
The statement added that the four protesting teams currently have five days to submit an appeal against the FIM’s verdict to the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS).