Moto2 rider Romano Fenati has been fired by his Marinelli Snipers Team following an extraordinary incident in which he pulled on the brake lever of rival Stefano Manzi while the pair battled at 140mph during Sunday’s race at Imola.
Fenati was initially given a two-race suspension, but the team subsequently announced that the 22-year-old has been fired.
“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 apologized 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, apologized to all the World Championship fans.”
Fenati had been set to join MV Agusta’s Moto2 program next season – run by Manzi’s team Forward Racing – but MV Agusta CEO Giovanni Castiglioni said via Instagram that he will do all in his power to ensure that is now off the table.
“True sportsmen would never act this way. If I would be Dorna I would ban him from world racing,” he wrote.
“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 issued an apology on Monday.
“This morning, with a clear mind, I wish it had been just a bad dream,” he said in a statement.
“I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man! A man would finish the race and then go into Race Direction 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.
“I do not want to justify myself, I know that my gesture is not justifiable, I just want to apologize to everyone. Now I will have time to reflect and clear my ideas.”
The incident was not Fenati’s first brush with controversy. In 2013, he was penalized after kicking out at Niklas Ajo during a Moto3 warm-up session in Argentina.