Romano Fenati was filmed pulling the brake lever of opponent Stefano Manzi’s bike at this year’s latest MotoGP round. MV Agusta and Forward Racing have since announced that they will be dropping the racer for his 2019 season. The Italian’s contract with Marellinelli Snipers Moto2 team has also been suspended with immediate effect.
Giovanni Castiglioni, President of MV Agusta, said:
“In all my years of watching sport, I have never seen behaviour as dangerous as this. A rider who can act like this can never represent the values of our company for our brand. For this reason, we do not want him to be the rider with which MV Agusta makes its return to the World Championship.”
Giovanni Cuzari, Team Owner:
“After the disgraceful episode between Romano Fenati and Stefano Manzi, it is impossible for the team to maintain its planned collaboration with the rider from Ascoli for the 2019 season. Fenati’s behaviour is incompatible with the sporting values of the Forward Racing Team and of MV Agusta. For this reason, though we bitterly regret it, we are forced to cancel our project with Fenati. Our sport is already extremely dangerous, and any act which increases the risks involved for the riders is intolerable. We cannot accept behaviour of this type from one of our future riders.”