MotoGP Rider Romano Fenati has apologised for his ‘disgraceful behaviour’ after being seen grabbing a rival’s brakes during a high-speed race.
The incident took place during a Moto2 race in San Marino, and saw the Italian racer lean across rival Stefano Manzi and grab at the brake lever.
This perilous action led to Manzi momentarily losing his balance while racing at a speed of 130mph. Fenati faced disqualification after 23 laps due to ‘irresponsible riding’.
22-year-old Fenati – who was banned for two races following the incident – has now admitted there are no excuses for his dangerous behaviour.
Have you EVER seen anything like this?!
Romano Fenati attempts to grab the brake of another rider at 140mph ?
— BT Sport (@btsport) September 9, 2018
The Marinelli Snipers Team cancelled his contract on account of his reckless behaviour and he has also lost his ride at next season’s Forward Racing.
The Marinelli Snipers Team have since made the following statement:
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.
According to BBC Sport, MV Agusta president Giovanni Castiglioni said:
In all my years of watching sport, I have never seen behaviour as dangerous as this. A rider who can act like this can never represent the values of our company, and our brand.
In a statement of his own, Fenati said:
I apologise to the whole sports world.
This morning, with a clear mind, I wish it had been just a bad dream. I think and I think back to those moments, I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man.
A man would finish the race and then go [to the race officials] to try and get justice for the previous episodes.
I should not have reacted to provocations. The criticisms are correct and I understand the resentment towards me.
I want to apologize to everyone who believed in me and all those who felt hurt by my action. An image of me and of sport has come out, everything, horrible.
I’m not like that, those who know me well know that. In my career, I’ve always been a good driver.
Last year I was one of the few who did not receive any penalties, I never put someone else’s life in jeopardy, on the contrary, I have always maintained that there are dangerous pilots, on the track, for driving style.
It’s true, unfortunately, I have an impulsive character, but my intention was certainly not to hurt a racer like me.
But I wanted to make him understand that what he was doing was dangerous and that I could have made some mistakes as well as he had just made them to me.
I do not want to justify myself, I know that my gesture is not justifiable, I just want to apologise to everyone.
He has form, a repeat offender who doesn’t seem to get the message about appropriate behaviour. It’s a shame that he has far less sense than talent, what a waste, nobody’s fault but his…
— Simon Scott (@Barking_Toad) September 10, 2018
Not entirely unexpected. What a senseless act.
— Alistair Tait (@AlistairTait1) September 10, 2018
Back in 2015, Fenati was forced to make an apology after kicking out at fellow racer Niklas Ajo during the warm-up of the 2015 Moto3 Argentine Grand Prix.
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