Lucas Mahias has been reinstated as the winner of the WorldSSP race at Portimao. The Frenchman and the GRT Yamaha team had appealed to the Court of Arbitration For Sport after being disqualified for riding his bike back to the pits after the race had been red flagged following a crash.
Mahias had been deemed to cut the track, but the CAS upheld the appeal. The rules on how a rider must return to the pits after a red flag were sufficiently unclear that the penalty imposed was too severe. The CAS struck down the disqualification, and replaced the punishment with a fine.
Revoking the disqualification for Mahias also restores him as the winner of the Portimao round of WorldSSP. The Frenchman moves back up to third in the championship. But it also cuts into championship leader Sandro Cortese's lead, as he was demoted to sixth place in the results. Cortese leads Jules Cluzel by just 5 points in the championship. Cluzel can now win the championship by scoring 5 points over Cortese, as Cluzel has more wins during the season.
Below are press releases from the WorldSBK organizers and the FIM:
Mahias reinstated as winner in Portugal
Frenchman gets 25 points following appeal
Following the disqualification of Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) from the Nolan Portuguese Round, it has been decided following an appeal to the CAS to partially reform the initial decision. This means Mahias will be reinstated as the winner of the ninth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship, after the appeal on the 24th October.
The decision now means Mahias has been awarded 25 championship points, moving him up into third overall in the world championship standings. But on top of this championship leader Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing) now only leads by five points, as he was demoted by one position down to sixth in the Portimao race.
This change of standings results in a change in the title chase at the Pirelli Qatar Round, as a win in the race for second position rider Jules Cluzel (NRT) would see him secure the crown. Cortese and Cluzel would be joint on points, but Cluzel has won more races in 2019 and therefore would be made champion.
For more information, please see attached the FIM’s statement.
CAS hands down Award in case Mahias versus FIM
Following the Portuguese round of the FIM Supersport World Championship, Rider Lucas Mahias (FFM) appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a decision taken by the FIM Stewards upholding his non-classification by the Race Direction in the Supersport race held at the Portimão circuit on 16 September 2018.
The Rider’s Legal Counsel requested an expedited procedure before the CAS, which the FIM accepted in the interests of a rapid resolution of the matter.
A hearing was held in Lugano on Monday 22 October 2018 before the CAS Sole Arbitrator Mr Michele Bernasconi, at which the FIM was represented by its Deputy CEO and Legal Director Mr Richard Perret.
The CAS handed down the operative part of its Award yesterday 24th October 2018 in which it partially upheld the Rider’s Appeal against the decision taken by the FIM Stewards on 16th September 2018, restoring his classification in the Portuguese round of the 2018 FIM Supersport World Championship and amending the results accordingly. The CAS partially reformed the Decision of the FIM Stewards by imposing a fine on Mr Mahias. Both parties will share legal costs. The FIM acknowledges the decision and is satisfied that the issue has been resolved without any disruption to the Championship round taking place in Doha this weekend.