Romano Fenati may face criminal charges for this brake pull during the San Marino Moto2 event.
Fenati could have intentionally physically harmed a rival rider
BY: AUTOWEEK STAFF
The Moto2 rider who was suspended for attempting to pull a rival’s brakes during a race has been rung up on legal charges for his actions.
Romano Fenati grabbed the front brake of Stefano Manzi’s bike while riding at a speed of over 120 mph during the San Marino motorcycle Grand Prix. There were calls to get the 22-year-old for ‘attempted murder’ but instead, he is facing “private violence,” which carries a similar punishment to when a motorist cuts off another on the road at speed.
Fenati apologized for the incident, was given a two-race ban and was later suspended for the entire season upon further review. He was also fired by the Snipers Race Team and dropped from his 2019 contract with the Forward Racing – MV Agusta program.
He was also summered to the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme Headquarters in Switzerland to explain his actions.
A statement from FIM shortly after the incident said: “Mr. Fenati, accompanied by his legal representative, was received by FIM president Vito Ippolito and FIM deputy CEO and legal director Mr. Richard Perret.
“Mr. Fenati was asked to explain in person his act on the track in Misano, which has given rise to many extreme reactions in the traditional media and on social media platforms.
“During the meeting, the FIM representatives emphasized the Federation’s deep concern for the safety of all riders and other participants in motorcycling competitions.
“They also highlighted the importance it attaches to fair play in motorcycling sport.
“While acknowledging that riders, and in particular those who reach the highest level of the sport, are subject to many pressures both on and off the track, they reminded Mr. Fenati of the profound influence high-level athletes can have on fans and young people and urged him to be mindful of his responsibility to set a positive example in future.
“Following the discussion with the rider and his representative, the FIM decided to withdraw Mr. Fenati’s FIM license until the end of the current calendar year.
“A new FIM license for the 2019 season may be granted to him subject to the conditions laid down in the FIM Regulations.”
This is, of course, dependent on the outcome of his legal troubles.