The president of the FIM motorcycle umbrella organization, Vito Ippolito, warned in an open letter that the dispute between Marco Marquez and Valentino Rossi, culminating in Rossi’s unsportsmanlike move at the race in Malaysia that caused Marquez to fall, poisoned the atmosphere around the sport. “We have come a long way from the tradition of pride and sporting behavior that is the legacy of motorcycling. Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but words and actions sometimes have consequences. Everyone must be held accountable for these consequences. Above all, racers need to be aware of this. Each has thousands of fans following their moves on the track and their words off it. That is why it is up to them to set an example of what our sport is and should be.
This responsibility is also borne by the people who accompany the racers, including the teams and sponsors. Regardless of who is right and who is wrong, these people are harming sport if they encourage unnecessary controversy about events and decisions, ”he wrote.
“Racers, teams, manufacturers and sponsors must not only abide by the rules, but also make the decisions of officials, no matter what they are. Otherwise, they only spread anarchy and undermine the development of our sport. On behalf of FIM and all those who are trying to end this year's championship with a happy ending, I hope that the racers on the track will fight in a way that respects the spirit of sport. "
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