Motorcycling: Moto2 rider Fenati dropped by team after brake grab
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[September 10, 2018]
LONDON (Reuters) - Italian rider
Romano Fenati was dumped by his Moto2 team on Monday, and was also
set to lose a 2019 MV Agusta deal, after he grabbed a rival's brake
lever while racing in Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix.
The Marinelli Snipers team announced they had terminated the
22-year-old's contract on account of "his unsporting, dangerous and
damaging conduct for the image of all."
"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 added.
The boss of Italian bike maker MV Agusta also vowed to scrap a
contract for 2019.
Fenati was disqualified on the spot and barred from the next two
races after the incident at Misano on Italy's Adriatic coast that
made waves around the world.
"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 told his 565,000 followers on Instagram.
"If I would be (MotoGP promoters) Dorna I would ban him from world
"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 true values," added
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Marinelli Snipers Team's Romano Fenati crashes during the Moto2 race
Fenati, who also caused headlines in 2015 when he was penalized for
kicking out at Finnish rider Niklas Ajo in a Moto3 warm-up in
Argentina, had been due to join MV Agusta's new Moto2 project next
Moto2, previously the 250cc category, is a feeder series one rung
below the main MotoGP class.
The MV Agusta project is in partnership with Forward Racing, whose
rider Stefano Manzi was on the receiving end of Fenati's actions.
British rider Cal Crutchlow, who finished third in Sunday's MotoGP
race, told reporters Fenati should have been banned for life.
"He should never compete on a motorcycle again," said the LCR Honda
rider. "He should have walked back to the garage and his team should
have just kicked him straight out the back.
"You can't do this to another motorcycle racer. We are risking our
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)
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