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  • Snipers terminate contract after 140mph incident
  • Italian rider apologises: ‘I made a disgraceful gesture’
Moto2 rider sparks fury after grabbing rival's brake lever at 140mph – video

Romano Fenati has been sacked by his Marinelli Snipers Team following a remarkable incident whereby he pulled Stefano Manzi’s brake lever at 140mph during Sunday’s Moto2 race in San Marino.

The Italian rider was given a two-race suspension but has now had his contract ripped up.

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Romano Fenati has apologised for his conduct. Photograph: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

“We can communicate that the Marinelli Snipers Team shall terminate the contract with the rider Romano Fenati, from now on, for his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all,” read a team statement. “With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised for in any way. The rider, from this moment, will not participate in any more races with the Marinelli Snipers team.

“The team, Marinelli Cucine, Rivacold and all the other sponsors and the people that always supported him, apologised to all the World Championship fans.”

Earlier, the boss of Italian bike maker MV Agusta had vowed to rip up a contract with Fenati, who also caused headlines in 2015 when he was penalised for kicking out at Finnish rider Niklas Ajo in a Moto3 warm-up in Argentina. Fenati had been due to join MV Agusta’s new Moto2 project next season, but the project was in partnership with Forward Racing, for whom Manzi rides.

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😠 Kicking
😡 Turning bikes off
🤬 Arguing

Let's just say Romano Fenati has history...

You can now add 'grabbing brakes' to the list 😳pic.twitter.com/9mUsPaOxqV

September 10, 2018

“This has been the worst and saddest thing I ever seen in a bike race,” Giovanni Castiglioni said in an Instagram post. “True sportsmen would never act this way. If I would be [MotoGP promoter] Dorna I would ban him from world racing.

“Regarding his contract for a future position as rider of MV Agusta Moto2, I will oppose myself in every way to stop it. It won’t happen, he doesn’t represent our company’s true values.”

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Fenati himself apologised on Monday. “This morning, with a clear mind, I wish it had been just a bad dream,” he said. “I think back to those moments, I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man. The criticisms are correct and I understand the resentment towards me. I want to apologise to everyone who believed in me and all those who felt hurt by my actions.

“Unfortunately I have an impulsive character, but my intention was certainly not to hurt a driver like me … I do not want to justify myself, I know that my gesture is not justifiable, I just want to apologise to everyone.”

Metallic Sneakers ONE Mens FOAMPOSITE NIKE black 314996 AIR Copper Black 007 British rider Cal Crutchlow, who finished third in Sunday’s MotoGP race at Misano, told reporters the 22-year-old should have been banned for life. “He should never compete on a motorcycle again,” said the LCR Honda rider. “You can’t do this to another motorcycle racer. We are risking our lives enough.”