Motorcycle racer presses rival’s brake lever at 140 mph

Motorcycle racer presses rival’s brake lever at 140 mph

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Motorcycle racer presses rival’s brake lever at 140 mph

In a blatant attempt to slow down his rival, Italian rider Romano Fenati reached out and pressed down on the brake lever of fellow countryman Stefano Manzi as the racers traveled 140 mph down a straightaway in the San Marino Moto2 on Sunday in Misano, Italy, The Guardian reported.

Video shows Fenati pulling alongside Manzi on the back straightaway and grabbing the brake lever, forcing Manzi to wobble momentarily. It was believed to have been a retaliatory act.

Fenati was disqualified from the race and later received a two-race suspension, but some were calling for a lifetime ban, including British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow.

“He should never compete on a motorcycle again,” Crutchlow said, according to the BBC. “He should have walked back to the garage and his team should have just kicked him straight out the back. You can’t do this to another motorcycle racer. We are risking our lives enough.”

On Monday, it was announced that his Marinelli Snipers Team terminated his contract, and Fenati issued an apology, according to the Guardian.

“I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man,” he said. “The criticisms are correct and I understand the resentment towards me…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 apologize to everyone.”

“This is unbelievable. Are you kidding me?” former MotoGP rider and racing commentator Colin Edwards said during BT Sport’s racing coverage, according to AutoSport.com. “That’s where you tell him, ‘Go pack your bag and we’ll see you next year.’ That’s ridiculous.”

Edwards added that Fenati “put somebody’s life in danger.”

“Fenati [was] found to have deliberately attempted to cause danger to another rider by interfering with his machine whilst on track,” the stewards’ bulletin read.

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AutoSport.com reported that the actions by Fenati appeared to be in retaliation for Manzi’s earlier failed attempt to pass a few laps before.

“Manzi has also been penalized ‘after being found to have been riding in an irresponsible manner’ during his battle with Fenati, having misjudged a passing attempt at Turn 14 that resulted in both riders losing places,” AutoSport wrote.

“The Forward Racing rider, who crashed out of the race shortly after the brake lever incident, will drop six places on the grid next time out at Aragon.”

Photo is a screen grab from the video. 

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