Romano Fenati has apologised for what he called a “disgraceful gesture” after grabbing a rival’s brake lever while travelling at 130mph during a race.
The Italian, 22, was banned for two races after the incident during the San Marino Moto2 on Sunday.
Since then his contract with the Marinelli Snipers Team has been terminated.
“I apologise to the whole sports world. This morning, with a clear mind, I wish it had been just a bad dream,” he said.
“I think back to those moments, I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man.
“The criticisms are correct and I understand the resentment towards me. I want to apologise to everyone who believed in me and all those who felt hurt by my actions.”
Fenati was disqualified after 23 laps for “irresponsible riding” when he grabbed the brake lever of with compatriot Stefano Manzi, who briefly lost his balance before regaining control.
Fenati’s actions followed Manzi’s attempted overtake a few laps earlier. The pair had made contact as Manzi overtook on the inside, with both riders running off the 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 added: “It’s true, unfortunately I have an impulsive character, but my intention was certainly not to hurt a driver like me but I wanted to make him understand that what he was doing was dangerous.
“I do not want to justify myself, I know that my gesture is not justifiable, I just want to apologise to everyone.”
In the warm-up of the 2015 Moto3 Argentine Grand Prix, Fenati was forced to apologise for kicking out at Finnish rider Niklas Ajo and he was dropped for disciplinary reasons during the 2016 season by the Sky Racing Team VR46, owned by Italian motorcycling star Valentino Rossi.
Racing world condemns Fenati
The criticism of Fenati’s actions has been widespread.
British rider Cal Crutchlow, who finished third in the main MotoGP race later on Sunday, said Fenati “should never compete on a motorcycle again”.
He added: “He should have walked back to the garage and his team should have just kicked him straight out the back.
“You can’t do this to another motorcycle racer. We are risking our lives enough.”
After his contract with the Marinelli Snipers Team was terminated, they issued a statement saying Fenati’s “irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider”.
“It can’t be apologised for in any way. The rider, from this moment, will not participate in any more races with the Marinelli Snipers team.”
And the Italian’s long-term future also hangs in the balance after the boss of MV Agusta, the bike manufacturer for the Forward Racing team he is due to join next season, said they would “oppose” the contract “in every way”.
Giovanni Castiglioni added: “This has been the worse and saddest thing I ever seen in a bike race.
“True sportsmen would never act this way. If I would be [series organiser] Dorna, I would ban him from world racing.
“Regarding his contract for a future position as rider of MV Agusta Moto 2, I will oppose myself in every way to stop it. It won’t happen, he doesn’t represent our company’s true values.”
Source BBC News