Romano Fenati has finally emerged after 10 days of holding his breath in front of a firing squad. The 22-year-old Italian drew worldwide attention at Misano when, at speed, he blatantly grabbed the front brake lever of fellow Moto2 competitor Stefano Manzi.

As the center of a media circus, Fenati was showered with insults and even death threats. He was later called to Rome by the FMI (Italian Motorcycling Federation). Accompanied by his lawyer, Fenati appeared before an investigative commission on Friday, September 14.

The FMI confirmed its suspension of Fenati’s Italian racing license, as was previously announced, and Romano left the meeting through a side door to dodge the press. That was the first act of the post-Misano Fenati comedy.

Fenati was then summoned to Switzerland to discuss his case with FIM president Vito Ippolito. This meeting took place on Tuesday, September 18, at FIM headquarters in Mies. Ippolito turned the meeting into a private conversation and no specifics were released.

What really counts is that Ippolito supported the decision of the FIM MotoGP stewards panel to suspend Fenati for two races—Spain and Thailand—and added no further penalty. This means Fenati could be back in action for the Japanese GP should he find a bike to ride.

As we also know, Fenati was fired by the Marinelli Snipers team as well as Forward Racing, which had hired him for 2019 to bring MV Agusta back to GP racing after a 45-year hiatus. Ironically, Romano was expected to team with Manzi.

Fenati and Cuzari
If Romano Fenati has a future in Grand Prix racing, it won’t be with either the Marinelli Snipers or Forward Racing teams (Fenati is seen here with Forward Racing owner Giovanni Cuzari), both of which have torn up previously existing contracts with the 22-year-old Italian.Courtesy of Forward Racing

Speaking of Manzi, Fenati has formally apologized and received Manzi’s pardon. This must have influenced Ippolito to close the Fenati case. Now the winds have shifted and a goodly portion of the sport actually supports Fenati racing for the rest of the season.

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta is reportedly even working to find Fenati a ride. In addition, a growing number of racers has expressed sympathy for Fenati, reckoning he has been sufficiently punished and that crucifying him further doesn’t make sense.

If that is true, now it is the time for Fenati—who previously announced he was retiring—to humbly meditate on his wild overreaction, put all of the Misano bitterness behind him, return to his training, and look positively toward his future as a Grand Prix motorcycle racer.

Update: The FIM has officially withdrawn Fenati's license until the end of the current calendar year. According to a press release issued by the FIM on Friday, September 21, Fenati could be granted a new license for the 2019 season "subject to the conditions laid down in the FIM regulations."