Motorcycle racer risks disaster after grabbing rival's breaks at 140 mph
It's no secret that motorcycle racing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. The Isle of Man TT in Scotland is notorious for claiming the lives of riders, and since the race began in 1907, it has resulted in the deaths of a whopping 257 people - making it the most deadly course in the world. However, it turns out that the sport isn't always made dangerous by courses.
Shocking footage has emerged from Sunday's Moto2 race in San Marino, Italy, of rider Romano Fenati attempting to beat his rival, Stefano Manzi, not with speed, but by sabotage. Despite racing at 140 MPH, the ruthless biker had no qualms about grabbing Manzi's brake lever while racing - an act which could have easily resulted in a fatality.
The act has been met with much criticism, and it was only through sheer luck that it did not end in a tragedy.
To see just how dangerous it was for yourself, check out the video below:
Fenati was subsequently fired by his Marinelli Snipers team, who announced his dismissal on Facebook on Monday:
"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.
"With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can't be apologized for in any way. The rider, from this moment, will not participate in any more races with the Marinelli Snipers team."
The biker's punishment, however, did not end there. Until Sunday, Fenati was scheduled to race for MV Agusta in Moto2 next year, and on Monday, the company's president, Giovanni Castiglioni, vowed to stop him racing in the team:
"This has been the worse and saddest thing I ever seen in a bike race. True sportsmen would never act this way. If I would be Dorna I would ban him from world racing.
"Regarding his contract for a future position as rider of MV Agusta Moto 2, I will oppose myself in every way to stop it. It won't happen, he doesn't represent our company true values."
Hopefully, Fenati's punishment will act as a startling reminder that such behavior is not acceptable - both on and off the racetrack - and that it will make any other ruthless riders think twice before doing something they could regret to win a race.