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Moto3 rider Fenati suspended by own team in Austria

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Moto3 title contender Romano Fenati was suspended by his own team ahead of Sunday’s round in Austria as a disciplinary measure.

Fenati, 20, races in the third tier of motorcycle racing with the Sky Racing Team by VR46, a team owned by nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi.

Fenati entered the Austria weekend sitting third in the riders’ championship, and qualified 11th on Saturday.

However, the Italian was benched by the Sky team for Sunday, his suspension being confirmed after qualifying.

“Following repeated behaviour not in line with the disciplinary rules of a team, the rider Romano Fenati has been suspended and will therefore not be on the starting grid of the Austrian Grand Prix,” a statement from the team read.

“Removing a rider from the team never good news, but there are rules and standards within the team and he has not complied with them,” team boss Pablo Nieto told motogp.com.

“We will not go into detail but we decided to apply a disciplinary sanction.”

The Moto3 race was won by Spanish rookie Joan Mir on Sunday, while championship leader Brad Binder extended his lead by crossing the line second.

Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.