A motorbike racer who pulled his rival’s brake while hurtling down a straight is facing calls for a lifetime ban.
Romano Fenati pulled up alongside his countryman Stefano Manzi as they accelerated out of a corner at Sunday’s Moto2 race in San Marino.
Video then shows him reaching across with his left hand and squeezing the front brake as the pair reached well over 100mph.
Manzi’s bike shaked and swerved and he briefly lost his grip on the bike with his leg.
Fenati, 22, was disqualified and race bosses have barred him from the next two races.
It came after the pair made contact earlier in the same race when Manzi tried to overtake – for which he received his own penalty from race officials.
British racer Cal Crutchlow, who came third in the premier class MotoGP race, said Fenati “should never race a motorcycle again”.
“He should have walked in his garage and his team should have kicked him straight out the back.
“You can’t do this to another motorcycle racer. We are risking our lives enough… To grab the brake lever on the straight he deserves to be kicked straight out.”
Former American MotoGP rider Colin Edwards, who was commentating on the race, said the incident was “unbelievable” and that Fenati had “put somebody’s life in danger”.