26-28 October
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Moto2™ rider's contract terminated

Romano Fenati in action at the San Marino GP.

Romano Fenati has had his Marinelli Snipers contract terminated following a remarkable incident in which the Moto2™ rider pulled a rival's brake lever.

Fenati was disqualified from the race in San Marino and banned for two Grands Prix after pulling up alongside Stefano Manzi and activating the Forward man's brakes.

But further punishment has been forthcoming for the Italian as it was confirmed on Monday that Marinelli Snipers had ended his deal.

"We can communicate that the Marinelli Snipers Team shall terminate the contract with the rider Romano Fenati from now on for his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all," a statement read.

"With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can't be apologised for in any way.

"The rider, from this moment, will not participate in any more races with the Marinelli Snipers team.

"The team, Marinelli Cucine, Rivacold and all the other sponsors and the people that always supported him apologise to all the world championship fans."

Fenati issued a statement following the contract termination: "I apologise to the world of sport.

"This morning, with a lucid mind, I wish it had just been a bad dream.

"I think about and think back to those moments, I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man!

"A man would have finished the race and then he would have gone to Race Direction to try and get some justice for the preceding incident.

"I shouldn’t have reacted to provocation.

"The criticisms are correct and I understand the animosity towards me.

"I want to apologise to everyone who believed in me and all those who felt hurt by my action.

"A horrible image of me and of the sport has come out.

"I'm not like that, people who know me well know that!

"In my career, I've always been a just rider. Last year I was one of the few who was not penalised, I have never put someone else's life in jeopardy, on the contrary, I have always maintained that there are riders on the track who are dangeous because of their riding style.

"It's true, unfortunately I have an impulsive character, but my intention was certainly not to hurt a rider like me rather I wanted to make him understand that what he was doing was dangerous and how I could also have done something similar to what he did to me!

"I do not want to justify myself, I know that my actions were not justifiable, I just want to apologise to everyone.

"Now I will have time to reflect and clear my head."

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