Romano Fenati astonishingly tried to grab the brake of another rider at the San Marino MotoGP, as Andrea Dovizioso went on to win for Ducati.
Fenati very dangerously tried to grab the front break of Stefano Manzi’s bike while riding at an incredible 140mph on Sunday.
It could have caused serious problems for Manzi, but after his bike shook very briefly, the Italian managed to carry on as normal.
Romano Fenati (left) tried a very dangerous move as he looked to overtake Stefano Manzi
Fenati attempted to grab the front brake of Manzi’s bike at the San Marino Grand Prix
Following the surreal incident on the weekend, Fenati was disqualified from the series’ race as he attempted to overtake his compatriot.
Meanwhile, Italian Dovizioso won the San Marino Grand Prix while reigning world champion Marc Marquez finished second to increase his MotoGP championship lead to 67 points.
Local favourite Valentino Rossi managed only a distant seventh for Yamaha and lost second place overall to Dovizioso who now has 154 points to Spaniard Marquez’s 221 with six races remaining. Rossi has 151.
Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo, who had started on pole position at the Marco Simoncelli circuit on Italy’s Adriatic coast, crashed out on the penultimate lap while heading for a Ducati one-two finish.
Fenati was later disqualified from the series’ race following his dangerous act on Sunday
That lifted Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, whose home race at Silverstone last month was cancelled due to heavy rain and drainage problems, to third as the leading non-factory finisher on an LCR-Honda.
‘We did everything perfectly,’ said Dovizioso, who had started in fourth place and was leading after six laps. His winning margin was 2.822 seconds.
‘That was the only way to win today because Jorge was very strong and beating Marc was very difficult,’ added the Italian.
The win was Dovizioso’s first at Misano and third of the season as well as his team’s third in a row. Lorenzo had won in Austria while his team mate triumphed in the Czech Republic before that.
32-year-old Italian Andrea Dovizioso won the San Marino Grand Prix on the weekend
Marc Marquez finished second to increase his MotoGP championship lead to 67 points
Lorenzo and Marquez had a lively battle for second place while closing in on Dovizioso but that ended when the polesitter slid out at turn eight.
‘It was so difficult,’ said Marquez, who made the point that Ducati had tested at Misano while Honda had not. ‘When I saw that Dovi was so strong today my target was to finish second and to lose only five points.
‘I’m disappointed that Jorge crashed but we were both pushing a lot because Dovi was there in front.’
Australian Jack Miller, who had lined up in second place at the start on a non-factory Pramac Ducati, also crashed out early on while fourth.