The Fedrazione Motociclistica Italiana has suspended Romano Fenati and revoked his racing license following the incident during Misano’s Moto2 weekend.
The Italian pressed the brake lever of rival Stefano Manzi during their battle in the Moto2 race at Misano last weekend which was deemed ‘irresponsible’ riding by the FIM MotoGP stewards as he was shown the black flag in the race.
The repercussions was hard for Fenati – despite an apology – as he was banned for two events following the race. That was not it as his team Marinelli Snipers terminated his contract for the rest of the 2018 Moto2 season.
It was followed by MV Agusta Reparto Corse Forward Racing Team cancelling their contract with Fenati for the 2019 season as well. At the same time, the Italian motorcycle federation called upon an emergency meeting as well to discuss Fenati’s case.
The decision was unanimous to suspend Fenati and take away his racing license as well. The past incidents were also taken into context. He has been summoned though for a disciplinary hearing to take place on Friday, the September 14 in their premises.
The statement read: “On 11 September 2018, the Federal Tribunal of the IMF met to examine the request for precautionary measures against Romano Fenati presented by the Federal Prosecutor Antonio De Girolamo .
“At the expense of Romano Fenati (vice president of the Italian Motorcycling Academy Motorcycle Club, FMI card holder and in possession of an FMI Elite license), the violation of article 1.2 of the Justice Rules is contested in relation to the incident occurred on 9 September 2018 during the Race of the Moto 2 World Championship of the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix against the competitor Stefano Manzi .
“Given the seriousness of the facts, the request of the Federal Prosecutor has been fully accepted and the Federal Court has therefore ordered for Romano Fenati the suspension of any sporting and federal activity with consequent withdrawal of the card and speed license, also fixing the hearing of the same – who has the right to be assisted by a lawyer – for September 14th 2018.”
Following his apology on Monday when he accepted the blame for the incident, in an interview to the Italian press, Fenati explained his actions which he took after Manzi’s erratic riding in the grand prix where the two had several brushes.
In fact, Mazi was also found guilty in their fight from early on for which the stewards handed him a six-place grid penalty for the next Moto2 event. Fenati also added that he doesn’t want to race anymore and complete his schooling with a fresh mind.
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