MotoGP rider Romano Fenati has performed a disgraceful act during a high-speed Moto2 race in San Marino. He grabbed his rival Stefano Manzi’s brake lever which slightly losing his balance while racing at a speed of 140mph. This led himself in a big trouble. Fenati was disqualified after 23 laps due to irresponsible riding.
Fenati was banned for two races following the incident. He apologized and admitted there are no excuses for his behavior against Manzi. The Marinelli Snipers Team canceled his contract on account of his reckless behavior and he has also lost his ride at next season’s Forward Racing.
As you can see in the video, the 22-year-old Romano Fenati comes to a tad close towards rival Stefano Manzi and he grabs the front brake at 140 miles per hour. Eventually, Fenati was given the black flag for violating the rules. You just cannot put someone’s life in danger to beat the opponent.
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In a statement of his own, Fenati said:
“I apologize to the whole sports world. This morning, with a clear mind, I wish it had been just a bad dream. I think and I think back to those moments, I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man. A man would finish the race and then go [to the race officials]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. An image of me and of the sport has come out, everything, horrible. I’m not like that, those who know me well know that.”
“In my career, I’ve always been a good driver. Last year I was one of the few who did not receive any penalties, I never put someone else’s life in jeopardy, on the contrary, I have always maintained that there are dangerous pilots, on the track, for driving style. It’s true, unfortunately, I have an impulsive character, but my intention was certainly not to hurt a racer like me. But I wanted to make him understand that what he was doing was dangerous and that I could have made some mistakes as well as he had just made them to me. I do not want to justify myself, I know that my gesture is not justifiable, I just want to apologize to everyone.”