A motorbike rider has been blasted for nearly causing a horrific crash by grabbing a rival’s brakes during a race.
Stefano Manzi was driving at a speed of around 125mph when Romano Fenati leaned across him and pressed his brake lever.
The shocking incident caused Manzi to briefly lose balance before he regained control of his bike.
Fenati, who has been the subject of controversy in the past, appeared to impede Manzi because of an incident that occurred some laps earlier.
Manzi had attempted to overtake his compatriot but made contact with Fenati’s bike and both ran off the track and lost several positions in the leaderboard.
While Manzi subsequently crashed out, Moto2 rookie Fenati was soon black-flagged by the officials for ‘irresponsible riding’.
He was later handed a two-race suspension by the racing officials, beginning in the next round which takes place in Aragon on September 23.
Former MotoGP rider Colin Edwards said Fenati ‘put somebody’s life in danger’, telling BT Sport: ‘This is unbelievable. Are you kidding me?
‘That’s where you tell him, “go pack your bag and we’ll see you next year”. That’s ridiculous.’
Neil Hodgson added: ‘This is a dangerous sport. If he would have crashed there, it would have been a massive crash.
‘This is a man who has got form for doing stupid things on track.
‘Every now and again you get one bad apple. Fenati’s done it before, see ya.’
MotoGP fans react to Romano Fenati’s disqualification:
Ursa Minor 🐻 (@UrsaMinorThreat) September 09, 2018
McC😈 (@mcclenp) September 09, 2018
Darren Harris (@DHarris_27) September 09, 2018
@btsportmotogp Deserves to lose his job for that..
Carolyn Thomson (@Carolyn_52) September 09, 2018
Cyndi (@CyndiLovesRoses) September 09, 2018
@btsportmotogp Lifetime ban deserved for that!
Donna Beckett (@donnab321) September 09, 2018
@btsportmotogp What the hell hasn’t he had his race license revoked yet. Once again he shown bad judgment on track
Daryl Chaffey (@10DAZZA) September 09, 2018
@btsportmotogp Disgraceful behavior, not sporting at all😡
Tim (@TimirPatelUK) September 09, 2018
Meanwhile, Pecco Bagnaia extended his lead at the top of the Moto2 World Championships with an emphatic victory at his home Grand Prix in Misano.