Italian bike racer Romano Fenati has been banned for 2 races and kicked off his group for good after grabbing competitor Stefano Manzi’s handbrake throughout a race, placing him in grave hazard.
The incident came about at Sunday’s Moto2 San Marino Grand Prix, following a collision between the 2 which led to them working off the monitor that Fenati felt was Manzi’s fault.
The accident knocked them out of rivalry for the win, however unhurt and with no injury to their bikes, they have been capable of proceed the race.
Video of the following incident reveals Fenati pulling alongside Manzi, reaching over and squeezing the handbrake as they enter a flip at roughly 130 mph. Manzi’s bike wobbled, however he was capable of keep management.
Race stewards rapidly disqualified Fenati and the sequence gave him a two-race ban. The 22-year-old’s group, Marinelli Snipers, then terminated his contract for the rest of the season.
“With excessive remorse, we’ve got to notice that his irresponsible act endangered the lifetime of one other rider and may’t be apologized for in any approach,” the group mentioned.
Fenati tried to make amends in a press release issued on Monday, saying he ought to’ve sought justice for the crash from the race administrators.
“My intention was actually to not damage a rider like me quite I needed to make him perceive that what he was doing was harmful and the way I may even have completed one thing just like what he did to me!” he wrote.
“I don’t wish to justify myself, I do know that my actions weren’t justifiable, I simply wish to apologize to everybody. Now I’ll have time to replicate and clear my head.”
It’s not the primary time Fenati has been sanctioned for harmful driving. In 2015 he was noticed kicking one other rider throughout observe for a Moto3 race, which resulted in a factors penalty.
Fenati was set to experience for MV Agusta in 2019, however the bike firm mentioned it now plans to revoke the contract.
“This has been the more serious and saddest factor I ever seen in a motorcycle race. True sportsmen would by no means act this manner,” MV Agusta president Giovanni Castiglioni posted to Instagram.