Motorbike racer Romano Fenati Faces Lifetime Ban After Grabbing Rival’s Brake At 140MPH (VIDEO)
This is scary, dangerous, and could’ve ended up with a man losing his life.
Romano Fenati was sacked by his Marinelli Snipers team following a disturbing incident where he pulled Stefano Manzi’s brake lever at 140MPH during Sunday’s Moto2 race in San Marino.
The Italian rider was given a two-race suspension but has now had his contract ripped up.
“We can communicate that the Marinelli Snipers Team shall terminate the contract with the rider Romano Fenati, from now on, for his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all,” read a team statement. “With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised for in any way. The rider, from this moment, will not participate in any more races with the Marinelli Snipers team.
“The team, Marinelli Cucine, Rivacold and all the other sponsors and the people that always supported him, apologised to all the World Championship fans.”
“This has been the worst and saddest thing I ever seen in a bike race,” Giovanni Castiglioni said in an Instagram post. “True sportsmen would never act this way. If I would be [MotoGP promoter] Dorna I would ban him from world racing.
“Regarding his contract for a future position as rider of MV Agusta Moto2, I will oppose myself in every way to stop it. It won’t happen, he doesn’t represent our company’s true values.”
Fenati himself apologised on Monday:
“This morning, with a clear mind, I wish it had been just a bad dream,” he said. “I think back to those moments, I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man. The criticisms are correct and I understand the resentment towards me. I want to apologise to everyone who believed in me and all those who felt hurt by my actions.
“Unfortunately I have an impulsive character, but my intention was certainly not to hurt a driver like me … I do not want to justify myself, I know that my gesture is not justifiable, I just want to apologise to everyone.”
Sadly, this is hardly his first incident as he made headlines in 2015 when he was penalised for kicking out at Finnish rider Niklas Ajo in a Moto3 warm-up in Argentina.
😡 Turning bikes off
Let's just say Romano Fenati has history…
You can now add 'grabbing brakes' to the list 😳pic.twitter.com/9mUsPaOxqV
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