Fenati Madness Overshadows Bagnaia Win

by Louis Suddaby

Romano Fenati’s Grand Prix career is in tatters after a moment of madness in Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix at Misano. The Italian was disqualified after an extraordinary altercation with Stefano Manzi with his actions leading to a two-race suspension and termination of his contracts for both this and next season. The drama totally overshadowed another supreme victory for championship leader Francesco Bagnaia.

Fenati had been battling with compatriot Stefano Manzi on track when his temper seemingly boiled over. Having apparently been involved in a collision moments earlier, Fenati took matters into his own hands on the back straight towards Quercia, reaching over towards Manzi’s Suter and grabbing the brake lever at 130mph. Only the quick reactions of Manzi prevented a dreadful accident but Romano was immediately black-flagged for irresponsible riding.

Fenati was also levelled with a two-race ban for the incident, with Manzi handed a six-place grid penalty for Aragon for his role in the initial incident, but there were varying opinions throughout the paddock as to the scale of Fenati’s punishment. Marinelli Rivacold Snipers acted immediately by sacking the Italian while Manzi’s Forward Racing team, the squad who ironically had signed Fenati for 2019 as part of their collaboration with MV Agusta, ripped up his contract for next season stating Fenati’s behaviour was “incompatible with the sporting values of Forward Racing and MV Agusta.”

In an official statement on his website, Fenati apologised for his “disgraceful gesture” on Monday, saying “I wish it had just been a bad dream”, but his actions have been universally condemned, leaving his chances of securing a Grand Prix ride in future looking remote.

Elsewhere in the race, Bagnaia took a dominant victory ahead of title rival Miguel Oliveira with Marcel Schrotter taking his maiden Grand Prix podium in third. Joan Mir lost fourth to Mattia Pasini after a late track-limits penalty while Lorenzo Baldassarri rounded out the top six.

 

Moto2 GP Octo di San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini (Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
142. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR4641:02.106
244. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+3.108
323. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP+4.094
454. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+6.320
536. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+6.728
67. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP40+9.470
720. Fabio QuartararoSpeed Up+Ego - Speed Up Racing+12.068
841. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+12.134
99. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+17.425
1097. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP+21.986
1124. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+24.701
1287. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+25.582
1377. Dominique AegerterKTMKiefer Racing+25.760
145. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+26.718
152. Jesko RaffinKalexTemporary Lavorint SAG Team+31.168
1616. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP+38.707
174. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP+39.432
1873. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+39.551
1927. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+40.436
2064. Bo BendsneyderTech 3Tech 3 Racing+41.814
2166. Niki TuuliKalexSIC Racing Team+48.043
2289. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+53.390
2395. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team+1:05.605
2421. Federico FuligniKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+1:16.602
2518. Xavi CardelusKalexTeam Stylobike+1:31.250
NC40. Augusto FernandezKalexPons HP40+4 Laps
NC62. Stefano ManziSuterForward Racing Team+7 Laps
NC45. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+10 Laps
NC12. Sheridan MoraisKalexWilli Race Racing Team+12 Laps
NC22. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+14 Laps
NC10. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR46+16 Laps
NC52. Danny KentSpeed Up+Ego - Speed Up Racing+24 Laps
DQ13. Romano FenatiKalexMarinelli Snipers TeamDisqualified

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