After he outraged the bike racing world by grabbing the brake lever of rival Stefano Manzi’s Moto2 machine, there were calls for Romano Fenati to be permanently banned from the sport. Instead, MotoGP officials went with a two-race ban - on top of his disqualification from the San Marino Grand Prix. Although now, Fenati has effectively been kicked out of the sport.
On Monday Marinelli Snipers Team announced that it would be dropping the Italian for the remainder of the 2018 season, and shortly after, Forward Racing Team - Manzi’s current squad, it so happens - said it had cancelled his contract for 2019. The move came after Giovanni Castiglioni - boss of MV Agusta, a brand partnering with Forward next year - vowed that he would “oppose myself in every way to stop it [the deal with Fenati].”
In a statement, team owner Giovanni Cuzari had the following to say:
“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.
“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.”
Fenati - whose actions were in retaliation to Manzi running him off track during a messy overtaking manoeuvre - posted his own statement. “I want to apologise to everyone who believed in me and all those who felt hurt by my actions,” he said.
In 2016 Fenati was kicked out of Valentino Rossi’s Sky Racing VR46 Moto3 team for apparent “behavioural issues,” while back in 2015 the rider made headlines for the wrong reasons by kicking Niklas Ajo during the Argentine GP warm-up lap, before switching his competitor’s bike off on the grid.