MotoGP has seen a fair amount of controversy over the years, but none as incredible as that which took place during a Moto2 race in San Marino on Sunday. Romano Fenati, a Moto2 rookie this year aboard a Kalex bike run by Marinelli's Snipers, pulled the front brake of his rival Stefano Manzi while competing at 220kph. Manzi momentarily lost his balance, but managed to control his bicycle. Fenati was immediately marked with a black flag and disqualified after 23 laps and then was ejected by the FIM MotoGP panel in two races. Fenati was also fired by his team, who confirmed that they were breaking their contract "for their unsportsmanlike conduct, dangerous and damaging to everyone's image."
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The panel of commissioners announced that Fenati will miss the next two races in Aragon, Spain on September 23 and Thailand on October 7 for having "deliberately attempted to cause danger to another rider".
"Passengers must drive in a responsible manner, which does not cause danger to other competitors or participants, either on the track or in the pit lane," the FIM said in a statement.
A few laps before the shocking incident, Manzi and Fenati made contact after the first one got ahead inside. Both riders left the track and dropped the order.
On Monday, Fenati apologized for his "impulsive" behavior.
"I apologize for the sporting world, and this morning, with a lucid mind, I wish it had been just a bad dream," Fenati said in a statement.
"I made a shameful gesture, it was not a man! A man would have finished the race and then he would have gone to the race direction to try to do justice to the previous incident.
"I should not have reacted to the provocation," Fenati continued.
"A horrible image of me and the sport has appeared, I am not like that, people who know me well know this!
"In my career, I've always been a righteous driver, last year I was one of the few who was not penalized, I've never put someone's life in danger, on the contrary, I've always maintained that there are riders on the track that is dangerous for his style of driving. "
The Italian Francesco Bagnaia, from Kalex, won the Moto2 class race at Misano on Sunday ahead of Miguel Oliveira of KTM, to extend his advantage over the Portuguese driver to eight points in the overall standings.
(With AFP entries)