FENATI SACKED BY ROSSI TEAM ON EVE OF RACE
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