During this season’s Moto2 race at Misano, two hotheaded Italians Stefano Manzi and Fenati participated in a fight which will be taught in school how never to have conflicts in rushing.
They first clashed on lap 15, when really a poor overtaking attempt from Manzi resulted in him hitting Fenati’s bicycle at spin 14, ruining what was a decent recovery ride by the 20 17 Moto3 runner-up, who had begun 22nd, up to that stage.
The group remained close together and Manzi made another terrible move, in which he was never going to produce the trail, forcing Fenati wide too.
Afterward the red mist descended on Fenati — he moved alongside Manzi around the major straight and caught the brake lever with his rival, who didn’t crash. But his motorcycle went massively out of shape, and also it cameras caught Fenati at the action.
After he walked back to the garage, the team should’ve only kicked him directly out the rear.
“Do not misunderstand me, sometimes I can be hotheaded, another rider can be hotheaded. However he has a significant problem.”
Soon afterwards, Fenati has been terminated by his Marinelli Snipers club, his FIM license was revoked for the remaining part of the calendar year, along with even his 2019 deal he sealed with MV Agusta was terminated, his career in motorcycle racing seemingly over.
In 2015, Fenati turned off Niklas Ajo’s motorcycle during the warm up session in Argentina, and a year later he was fired out of Valentino Rossi’s academy and the Sky VR46 team on disciplinary grounds.
Why is Fenati’s career going off the rails one of the most tragic story-lines of recent grand prix motorcycle racing heritage would be the possibility he once showed.
Then only 16 years old, Fenati started his Moto3 career with another place in Qatar and a success at Jerez in 2012, but he was unable to deliver on his promise.
His best season came in 2017, after missing the 2nd half 2016 afterwards being fired from VR46, and, at the age of 2 1, Fenati did actually have pulled his act together.
Uncovering a new home at the Marinelli Snipers team, completing only behind the stunning Joan Mir, Fenati was readily the secondbest Moto3 rider that year, and he finally was able to make a proceed to Moto2.
The beginning to Moto2 again promised alot — he qualified in Qatar, but awakened to a lowly 24th at the race, which set the tone for the rest of his effort.
He was in the top ten once more, seventh at Le Mans, but he retired five times before his Misano nightmare.
And yet, the very people backlash nearly did actually work in his favour, as some in the paddock, notably Aleix Espargaro, voiced sorrow that a lapse of decision, however severe, may possess the capacity to end a career.
MV Agusta even contemplated bringing Fenati straight back in to the fold, but finally he managed to resign with his older Marinelli Snipers squad, replacing Makar Yurchenko in the team’s Moto3 line up.
Fenati has been awarded yet another chance, even though he will surely be a competitor for its Moto3 crown, it seems doubtful the shorttempered Italian will go on to have the career it seemed he could enjoy.
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