Romano Fenati and the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers team will step up to the Moto2 World Championship next season, the Italian outfit has confirmed.

Fenati returned to the Moto3 class this year with the Snipers team after he was sensationally dropped halfway through last season by the Valentino Rossi-backed Sky VR46 squad for repeated misconduct.

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The Italian was quickly snapped up by the Snipers team and has taken his return to grand prix racing by the horns, winning the Americas GP and scoring four second place finishes in the first nine races.

Ahead of the second half of the 2017 season, Fenati sits second in the championship standings and 37 points adrift of leader Joan Mir.

The eight-times grand prix winner – who had been set to join the VR46 team in Moto2 this season before his dismissal – admits the idea to to step up to the intermediate class with the Snipers team began as a joke, but soon evolved into something very achievable.

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“Moto2? Everything was born as a joke, but then we convinced ourselves and thanks to Mr. Marinelli we succeeded in realising this fantastic idea,” he said.

“We are all very involved in this new project as we are a big family, and I am really happy about this.

“I am looking forward to starting this new adventure.

“Obviously, to start it at the best we need to finish this year. Now we have to think about Brno, which is a very difficult track.”

It is unknown at this stage whether the Snipers Moto2 team will field two riders, or what impact this will have on its Moto3 project.

The team is also yet to secure a chassis supplier for next season, though it fully expects to run Kalex frames.