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Romano Fenati: MotoGP bosses ban rider after grabbing rival's brakes while racing at 125mph

MotoGP bosses have been forced to ban a reckless rider who grabbed the brakes of his rival at 125mph.

Sunday's Moto2 race at the San Marino Grand Prix was marred by the incident, which saw Romano Fenati clash with Stefano Manzi in the latter stages of the race.

Both riders were run off the track a few laps earlier as they competed for places, with Fenati keen for retribution.

But the on-track feud took a nasty turn when Fenati was attempting get back past his opponent.

Reaching out with his left arm, he squeezed Manzi's brakes, sending his bike wobbling.

Thankfully, Manzi was able to save his bike from spinning to the deck, but he was forced to retire a few laps later.

As soon as officials had seen the video of the incident, Fenati was black flagged and disqualified from the race for irresponsible riding.

Discussions between officials took place later in the day, where they came to the conclusion that they would ban the Kalex rider for the next two races.

His ban comes into force for the next Grand Prix, which takes place in Aragon, Spain, on September 23. He will also sit out of the Thailand Grand Pix in October.

However, the two-race ban has been considered lenient by pundits and fans alike.

Former MotoGP rider Colin Edwards told BT Sport that Fenati "put somebody's life in danger," adding: "This is unbelievable. Are you kidding me?

"That’s where you tell him, 'go pack your bag and we’ll see you next year'. That’s ridiculous."

Former World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson added: "This is a dangerous sport. If he would have crashed there, it would have been a massive crash.

"This is a man who has got form for doing stupid things on track. Every now and again you get one bad apple. Fenati’s done it before, see ya."

In 2015, Fenati was handed a penalty after kicking out at Niklas Ajo during the warm-up for a Moto3 race.

He followed up his violent act by pulling the cord on Ajo's bike, subsequently shutting the system down, as they exchanged heated words.

Fenati was handed three penalty points for his actions, meaning he started the next race from the back of the grid.


There is video on the link I couldn't copy...

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21 hours ago, Dafey said:

There is video on the link I couldn't copy...


Just watched it on BBC 1. absolutely crazy

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This a-hole needs to be banned for life in my opinion.

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20 minutes ago, HeyMike said:

This a-hole needs to be banned for life in my opinion.

Yep ...and any possible criminal charges should be laid .....reckless endangerment of life..the guy is an asshole....

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He was fired from the team




Italian motorcycle racer Romano Fenati has been banned for two races and kicked off his team for good after grabbing competitor Stefano Manzi’s handbrake during a race, putting him in grave danger.

The incident took place at Sunday’s Moto2 San Marino Grand Prix, following a collision between the two which led to them running off the track that Fenati felt was Manzi's fault.

Manzi and Feneti collided and went off track.  (Getty)

The accident knocked them out of contention for the win, but uninjured and with no damage to their bikes, they were able to continue the race.

Video of the subsequent incident shows Fenati pulling alongside Manzi, reaching over and squeezing the handbrake as they enter a turn at approximately 130 mph. Manzi’s bike wobbled, but he was able to maintain control.

Manzi (62) and Feneti (13) were uninjured, despite two incidents.  (Getty)

Race stewards quickly disqualified Fenati and the series gave him a two-race ban. The 22-year-old’s team, Marinelli Snipers, then terminated his contract for the remainder of the season.

“With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologized for in any way,” the team said.

Fenati tried to make amends in a statement issued on Monday, saying he should’ve sought justice for the crash from the race directors.

“My intention was certainly not to hurt a rider like me rather I wanted to make him understand that what he was doing was dangerous and how I could also have done something similar to what he did to me!” he wrote.

“I do not want to justify myself, I know that my actions were not justifiable, I just want to apologize to everyone. Now I will have time to reflect and clear my head."

It’s not the first time Fenati has been sanctioned for dangerous riding. In 2015 he was spotted kicking another rider during practice for a Moto3 race, which resulted in a points penalty.

Fenati was set to ride for MV Agusta in 2019, but the motorcycle company said it now plans to revoke the contract.

“This has been the worse and saddest thing I ever seen in a bike race. True sportsmen would never act this way,” MV Agusta president Giovanni Castiglioni posted to Instagram



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