MotoGP 2 rider Romano Fenati sacked by team
The Italian racer pulled his fellow rider’s brake at 200kph
Taking part in motorsports can be harsh for the participants. The fact that participants risk their lives on the track to extract every point is what makes motorsports so exhilarating. But sometimes, teams or players can get a little sneaky in their quest to gain those precious points. Through the years, we have seen moves from many teams and riders alike, which wouldn't pass muster with race officials. But with MotoGP 2 racer, Romano Fenati, things have gone to a whole different level. The Italian rider was sacked by his team for serious misconduct during the San Marino GP.
During the race, Fenati grabbed the brake of his fellow rider, Stefano Manzi. The pair was racing at around 200kph when Fenati pulled off this stunt. As soon as the race stewards saw Fenati’s on-track ploy, they raised the black flag on him and imposed a two-race ban. But, for his team, a mere two-race ban wasn't enough. Giovanni Castiglioni, president of MV Agusta, said, "In all my years of watching the 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 for our brand. We do not want him to be the rider with which MV Agusta makes its return to the World Championship."
The 22-year-old racer issued an apology, in which, he said, “I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man! A man would have finished the race and then he would have gone to Race Direction to try and get some justice for the preceding incident. I shouldn’t have reacted to provocation. I do not want to justify myself, I know that my actions were not justifiable, I just want to apologise to everyone. Now I will have time to reflect and clear my head."
The Italian racer made his debut in Moto3 in 2012 and is a ten-time winner in the 108 races in which he has taken part.