As expected, Romano Fenati has been formally released from his contract with the Sky VR46 team. The Italian was suspended from the team after an incident at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. That was a temporary measure, but it has now been made permanent.
Fenati was released for behavioral issues. The Italian had been abusive towards members of the team, and had not behaved in a professional manner. The incident in Austria was just the latest in a long line of breaches of behavioral conduct, which included confirmed reports of verbal abuse and unconfirmed and unsubstantiated reports of physical conflict.
The Sky VR46 team have announced that they will be bringing Lorenzo Dalla Porta in to join Andrea Migno and Nicolo Bulega in the Moto3 team. Dalla Porta had strong results in the FIM CEV championship, and fits in with the ethos of the Sky VR46 team of bringing on young talent. The Italian will take Fenati's place from Silverstone.
What happens to Fenati is as yet unknown. His sacking has made him persona non grata with most of the teams, though there are rumors that Aki Ajo has an interest in the Italian. Ajo has had success in taming other wayward characters, making the team a good fit with Fenati. If Fenati is not picked up by another Moto3 team, his career in motorcycle racing could be in huge trouble.
Below is the press release announcing the cancelation of Fenati's contract:
RESCISSION OF CONTRACT FOR ROMANO FENATI AND THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46. LORENZO DALLA PORTA – ANOTHER YOUNG ITALIAN TALENT – HE WILL REPLACE HIM FROM SILVERSTONE.
Brno (Czech Republic), August 18th, 2016 - After the suspension at the Austrian GP, it breaks up permanently from Brno the relationship between Romano Fenati and the Sky Racing Team VR46. After three seasons of work and successes together, we wish Romano all the best for his future.
Sky and VR46 continue to work alongside the young Italian talents. Lorenzo Dalla Porta will join the Moto3 team, with Andrea Migno and Nicolò Bulega, until the end of the season. The guy from Prato, who made his debut in the World Championship in 2015 - after the experience at CEV - will be on the track from the Silverstone. There is no replacement for Brno.