Moto2 Rider for the Marinelli Snipers Team, Romano Fenati, has been sacked by the team for his unbelievable stunt of trying to pull a fellow rider’s brake lever as they were hurtling at close to 200 km/h.
The incident saw him handed a two race penalty with subsequent grid penalties, but his team came out with a statement in the meantime.
“Here we are. Now 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. With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised 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, apologised to all the World Championship fans.”
In addition to that his 2019 prospects have also been shattered with the MV Augusta return to racing through the Forward Racing Team announcing that he would no longer represent the brand.
“In all my years of watching sport, I have never seen behaviour as dangerous as this,” says Giovanni Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta. “A rider who can act like this can never represent the values of our company, and our brand. For this reason, we do not want him to be the rider with which MV Agusta makes its return to the world championship.”
“After the disgraceful episode between Romano Fenati and Stefano Manzi, it is impossible for the team to maintain its planned collaboration with the rider from Ascoli for the 2019 season,” adds Giovanni Cuzari, Team Owner. “Fenati’s behaviour is incompatible with the sporting values of the Forward Racing Team and of MV Agusta. For this reason, though we bitterly regret it, we are forced to cancel our project with Fenati. Our sport is already extremely dangerous, and any act which increases the risks involved for the riders is intolerable. We cannot accept behaviour of this type from one of our future riders.”
The rider has tendered an half-hearted apology. “I apologise to the world of sport.
This morning, with a lucid mind, I wish it had just been a bad dream.
I think about and think back to those moments, 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.
The criticisms are correct and I understand the animosity towards me.
I want to apologise to everyone who believed in me and all those who felt hurt by my action.
A horrible image of me and of the sport has come out.
I’m not like that, people who know me well know that!
In my career, I’ve always been a just rider. Last year I was one of the few who was not penalised, I have never put someone else’s life in jeopardy, on the contrary, I have always maintained that there are riders on the track who are dangerous because of their riding style.
It’s true, unfortunately I have an impulsive character, but 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!
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.”
Fenati has a long winter ahead of him.