Ever since MV Agusta announced that it was going to return to the Grand Prix paddock with a Moto2 team, the question has been who would ride the Italian squad’s Moto2 machine, dubbed the MV Agusta F2.
Today, we have that answer, as Romano Fenati has been named as one of two MV Agusta Reparto Corse riders.
The signing of Fenati is an interesting move by Forward Racing and MV Agusta, as the Italian rider has struggled this season in Moto2 (his first season in the intermediate class), and comes with some tumultuous baggage from his Moto3 days.
Still, the raw talent of Fenati is widely hailed, and with the right machinery and the right team environment, that talent can be honed and matured.
Of course, Moto3 fans will remember the 2016 season where the Sky VR|46 teams fired Fenati from its squad, after the young Italian behaved abusively towards his team.
The move etched Fenati’s name with a reputation of being difficult to work with, despite his immense talent behind the handlebars of a motorcycle.
Finding himself on the Marinelli Honda during the 2017 Moto3 Championship, where he finished second, Fenati’s move with the team into Moto2 hasn’t gone quite as well. He currently sits 19th in the championship standings, with only 14 points to his name.
This makes his contract with MV Agusta a gamble, but perhaps a strong move, both for Fenati and also for MV Agusta.
The 2019 Moto2 Championship sees the entire grid switching to Triumph three-cylinder engines, which has the potential to shake-up the series, and provide an alternative to the Kalex monopoly.
This is the hope of the MV Agusta Moto2 project, and for Fenati it means a rise in the ranks to one of the few “factory” teams in the Moto2 class.
While MV Agusta has signaled that it is in Moto2 for the long-haul, next season is very much a make it or break it year for Fenati.
“I am very happy and honoured to take part in this prestigious project and to join such a cohesive and competent group as the Forward Racing Team is,” said Romano Fenati.
“Driving F2 will be a source of great pride for me and will be an important responsibility, so I will give all my contribution and my experience to achieve excellent results.”
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Source: MV Agusta