Motorcyclists are known to push limits during races, but a recent incident during a Moto2 race might have well crossed the line. An Italian Moto 2 rider has sent shockwaves through the world of motorsport after his recent horror act, where he appears to have grabbed the handbrakes of an opponent rider during the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday. The Moto 2 is the level below the elite MotoGP of Grand Prix racing.
Romano Fenati was engaged in a fierce battle with compatriot Stefano Manzi during the course of the race, where the incident was reported to have occurred. Both riders were pulling out of sharp turn at the Misano circuit, just when Fenati reached out for the front brakes of his fellow countryman to pull him back. The video footage shows Manzi clearly losing control of his bike, but he was fortunate enough to regain his balance.
Romano Fenati was immediately disqualified for 'irresponsible driving' and was also given a two-race suspension by the MotoGP officials. Several racers from the motorsport fraternity shamed this incident and called for a lifetime ban for the racer.
Former MotoGP rider Colin Edwards told BT Sport: “This is unbelievable. Are you getting me? That’s where you just tell him, ‘hey man, go pack your bag and we’ll see you next year’. That’s ridiculous.”
Just a day after the incident, Romana Fenati's contract was terminated by the Marinelli Snipers Team. The Motor racing team suggested that they had ended their partnership with the 22-year old for his "unsporting and dangerous conduct".
Following this sacking, Roman Fenati has issued a statement of apology for his shameful actions. The Italian driver insisted that the recent incident was "not who I am", further adding that: "People who know me well know it." Read the whole statement here.
However, this is not the first time the Italian rider has courted controversy. In 2015, Fenati kicked out his team-mate Niklas Ajo from the VR46 team during a Moto3 race. Not learning from his past mistakes, the troublesome driver was later released by the VR46 team in 2016, for "repeated behavior not in line with the disciplinary rules”.
The Italian rider was set to join the new MV August team next season, but this recent setback sees him affect his motorsport future with MV Agusta boss Giovanni Castiglioni confirming that his team had withdrawn the offer with immediate effect.