Valentino Rossi’s Team Sky KTM squad have confirmed that Romano Fenati has parted ways with the team after three seasons, following his suspension on the eve of last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.
The Italian was sacked for behaviour issues relating to his team, believed to have consisted of a physical altercation with members of the team’s crew and management, and was suspended before he had a chance to race.
The news was officially confirmed ahead of this weekend’s Czech Grand Prix by the squad, although Rossi himself had conceded as much at last week’s press conference after the race.
“For us, it is a great shame. We’re not happy with Fenati, because it feels like we’ve lost a battle. He is a rider with a great talent, and we wanted to try and bet on him for the future – for Moto2 next year – but unfortunately we have to give up.”
Fenati will now be replaced from Silverstone by youngster Lorenzo Dalla Porta, who has already been secured by the Aspar Mahindra team for the 2017 championship, and who steps up from the Junior World Championship, where he currently leads the title race.