Romano Fenati has shared a statement following the incident during the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. The Italian was suspended for two Grands Prix and his contract with the Marinelli Snipers Team has been terminated.
Here is the statement in full:
"I apologise to the world of sport.
This morning, with a lucid mind, I wish it had just been a bad dream.
I think about and think back to those moments, I made a disgraceful gesture, I was not a man!
A man would have finished the race and then he would have gone to Race Direction to try and get some justice for the preceding incident.
I shouldn’t have reacted to provocation.
The criticisms are correct and I understand the animosity towards me.
I want to apologise to everyone who believed in me and all those who felt hurt by my action.
A horrible image of me and of the sport has come out.
I'm not like that, people who know me well know that!
In my career, I've always been a just rider. Last year I was one of the few who was not penalised, I have never put someone else's life in jeopardy, on the contrary, I have always maintained that there are riders on the track who are dangeous because of their riding style.
It's true, unfortunately I have an impulsive character, but my intention was certainly not to hurt a rider like me rather I wanted to make him understand that what he was doing was dangerous and how I could also have done something similar to what he did to me!
I do not want to justify myself, I know that my actions were not justifiable, I just want to apologise to everyone.
Now I will have time to reflect and clear my head."