FE­NATI SACKED BY ROSSI TEAM ON EVE OF RACE

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While An­drea Ian­none might have taken Du­cati’s first vic­tory in six years at the week­end, it was another Ital­ian mak­ing the head­lines on Satur­day, af­ter Valentino Rossi’s Team Sky KTM squad took the ex­cep­tional de­ci­sion to sack Ro­mano Fe­nati on the eve of Sun­day’s race.

First an­nounced as a sus­pen­sion pend­ing team dis­cus­sions af­ter the Grand Prix, Rossi went on the record af­ter his own race on Sun­day to ad­mit that Fe­nati’s in­volve­ment with the VR46 Acad­emy project is now at an end.

“For us, it is a great shame. We’re not happy with Fe­nati, be­cause it feels like we’ve lost a bat­tle. He is a rider with a great tal­ent, and we wanted to try and bet on him for the fu­ture – for Moto2 next year – but un­for­tu­nately we have to give up.”

And while spec­u­la­tion as to the cause of the split is rife, it’s be­lieved that it came to a head in a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion on Satur­day night be­tween Fe­nati, who cur­rently sits third in the Moto3 ti­tle race, and mem­bers of the team.

Team boss Pablo Ni­eto re­fused to be drawn on the ex­act de­tails in the af­ter­math of the in­ci­dent, but ad­mit­ted that their time with Fe­nati has been fraught, with the Ital­ian’s ac­tions com­ing as a third strike to the team this sea­son.

It’s be­lieved that fel­low Rossi pro­tégé Francesco Bag­naia will now in­stead take over as the lead for the team’s move into Moto2 for 2017.

‘It’s a great shame. We’re not happy with Fe­nati, be­cause it feels like we’ve lost a bat­tle’ VALENTINO ROSSI

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