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Romano Fenati: MotoGP bosses ban rider after grabbing rival's brakes while racing at 125mph

Mirror logo Mirror 09/09/2018 Aaron Flanagan

MotoGP bosses have been forced to ban a reckless rider who grabbed the brakes of his rival at 125mph.

Sunday's Moto2 race at the San Marino Grand Prix was marred by the incident, which saw Romano Fenati clash with Stefano Manzi in the latter stages of the race.

Both riders were run off the track a few laps earlier as they competed for places, with Fenati keen for retribution.

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But the on-track feud took a nasty turn when Fenati was attempting get back past his opponent.

Reaching out with his left arm, he squeezed Manzi's brakes, sending his bike wobbling.

Thankfully, Manzi was able to save his bike from spinning to the deck, but he was forced to retire a few laps later.

As soon as officials had seen the video of the incident, Fenati was black flagged and disqualified from the race for irresponsible riding.

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Discussions between officials took place later in the day, where they came to the conclusion that they would ban the Kalex rider for the next two races.

His ban comes into force for the next Grand Prix, which takes place in Aragon, Spain, on September 23. He will also sit out of the Thailand Grand Pix in October.

However, the two-race ban has been considered lenient by pundits and fans alike.

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Former MotoGP rider Colin Edwards told BT Sport that Fenati "put somebody's life in danger," adding: "This is unbelievable. Are you kidding me?

"That’s where you tell him, 'go pack your bag and we’ll see you next year'. That’s ridiculous."

Former World Superbike champion Neil Hodgson added: "This is a dangerous sport. If he would have crashed there, it would have been a massive crash.

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"This is a man who has got form for doing stupid things on track. Every now and again you get one bad apple. Fenati’s done it before, see ya."

In 2015, Fenati was handed a penalty after kicking out at Niklas Ajo during the warm-up for a Moto3 race.

He followed up his violent act by pulling the cord on Ajo's bike, subsequently shutting the system down, as they exchanged heated words.

Fenati was handed three penalty points for his actions, meaning he started the next race from the back of the grid.


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