Moto2 rider Fenati gets two-race ban for grabbing rival's brake

Moto2 rider Romano Fenati has been banned for two races after his disqualification from the series' race at Misano on Sunday for recklessly grabbing rival Stefano Manzi's brake during the race.

Both riders were competing at high-speed around the Misano track when 22-year-old Kalex rider Fenati leaned over and pressed Manzi's brake lever. Manzi briefly lost his balance before regaining control of his Suter bike.

Fenati's actions followed Manzi's attempt to overtake his compatriot a few laps before the hairpin-like Turn 14.

The pair had made contact as Manzi overtook on the inside, with both riders running off track, losing several positions and dropping out of the points.

"We had a contact two turns before, but nothing to justify such a reaction, his gesture speaks for itself," said Manzi.

Fenati -- a Moto2 rookie this year aboard a Marinelli Snipers-run Kalex bike -- was black-flagged for "irresponsible riding" with the sports governing body later announcing he would be banned for the next two races in Aragon, Spain and Thailand.

It is not the first time that the Italian rider has been embroiled in controversy. He was forced to apologise for kicking out at Finnish rider Niklas Ajo during the Moto3 warm-up at the 2015 Argentinian Grand Prix.

Italy's Francesco Bagnaia, of Kalex, won the Moto2 category race in Misano on Sunday ahead of Miguel Oliveira of KTM, to extend his lead on the Portuguese rider to eight points in the overall standings.