MADRID - Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi has appealed his sanction for kicking defending champion Marc Marquez off his bike at last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Rossi, who leads the championship standings by seven points from teammate Jorge Lorenzo, had been relegated to the back of the grid by race stewards for the final race of the season in Valencia on Nov 8. If Lorenzo wins the race in Valencia, Rossi would then need to come from the back of the pack to finish second, to clinch the title. The appeal means the sanction will be suspended until a definitive decision is made just 48 hours before the race. Rossi is sure to receive a hostile reception in Valencia with his actions having caused widespread outrage in the Spanish media.