There are few things more terrifying than being in the midst of a speed wobble.
I’m speaking from the perspective of being on a skateboard going at slightly above walking speed, too, which is why I have such a strong desire to deck Romano Fenati in the face.
He would be the Moto2 rider (Moto2 is a support series to the elite-level MotoGP) who decided to yank on rival Stefano Manzi’s brake lever whilst the pair were tearing down a straight at Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix at 130 miles per hour (209 km/h).
Manzi had tried to overtake at a previous corner, with the bikes coming into contact.
Before we get to the backlash and grovelling that has followed, here’s the moment he lost his marbles:
What a giant douche.
Luckily Manzi manages to stay on his bike, but that doesn’t mean Fenati is being let off lightly. Below from CNN:
Fenati has since apologized [sic] to the “whole sports world” following news that his contract [with Marinelli Snipers Team] had been terminated.
“This morning, with a clear mind, I wish it had been just a bad dream,” the statement read. “I think and I think back to those moments, I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man!”
“I should not have reacted to provocations. The criticisms are correct and I understand the resentment towards me.”
…”The Marinelli Snipers Team shall terminate the contract with the rider Romano Fenati [above], from now on, for his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct,” 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.”
It gets worse for Fenati, who was due to end his association with Marinelli Snipers at the end of the season, in order to sign with Italian manufacturer MV Agusta.
Turns out they’re over him, too:
MV Agusta president Giovanni Castiglioni called the incident the “saddest thing I have ever seen in a bike race” and has promised to rip up the contract.
In an Instagram post, he said: “Regarding his [Fenati’s] contract for a future position as rider of MV Agusta Moto2, I will oppose myself in every way to stop it. It won’t happen, he doesn’t represent our company’s true values.”
Before you feel sorry for Fenati, who is watching his Moto career go down the pisser, you should know that this is far from his first transgression.
The rookie was forced to apologize after kicking out at a fellow rider in 2015. The same year, he turned off an opponent’s engine before a practice start, while he was dropped for disciplinary reasons during the 2016 season.
Fellow rider Cal Crutchlow believes that Fenati should be banned for life:
“He should have walked back to the garage and his team should have just kicked him straight out the back,” Crutchlow said.
“You can’t do this to another motorcycle racer. We are risking our lives enough.”
200km/h and more on two wheels? Yes, you are.
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