MotoGP has issued a two-race ban to Marinelli Snipers Moto2 rider Romano Fenati. During last weekend’s San Marino GP Moto2 race, Fenati grabbed the brake lever of a fellow racer, Forward Racing’s Stefano Manzi while traveling at over 200 km/h. Fenati’s action sent Manzi’s bike wobbling, but the rider was able to regain control. The act was apparently retribution of an earlier situation, where both riders ended off-track.
Following he incident Fenati was black-flagged out of the race, and after a meeting the jury issued a two-race ban for the hot-headed Italian. This means Fenati will stand out of Aragon and Thailand Grand Prix’s. The penalty applies to the rider only, leaving the team with the possibility of finding a replacement rider. Also Manzi got a penalty of six grid positions for irresponsible riding.
Fenati has a history of reckless behaviour. In 2014, during the Argentinian GP, Fenati clashed with Niklas Ajo on warm up lap, kicking Ajo and switching off his bike. In 2016 Sky Racing team by VR46 dropped Fenati in Austria after disagreements and later terminated the contract for 2016 and 2017 following behavioural issues in conflict with team policy.
Fenati’s two-race ban is widely considered insufficient by MotoGP experts and fans alike.
During the British GP two weeks ago, MV Agusta, who are set to return to MotoGP in Moto2 class, coincidentally with Forward Racing, announced Fenati as their rider for 2019.
UPDATE: Giovanni Castiglioni of MV Agusta has stated that he does not approve of Fenati’s conduct. In his opinion Dorna ought to ban Fenati from racing and he will personally see to it, that Fenati will not race with MV Agusta.
UPDATE: Marinelli Snipers have announced that they have terminated Fenati’s contract.