Romano Fenati has shared a statement following the incident during the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. The Italian was suspended for two Grands Prix and his contract with the Marinelli Snipers Team has been terminated.

Here is the statement in full: “I apologise to the world of sport. This morning, with a lucid mind, I wish it had just been a bad dream.

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“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 dangerous 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!

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“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.”

Tony Carter

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