2017 WorldSBK Misano - Riviera di Rimini
Marino Secures Fifth in Dramatic STK1000 Race at Misano
Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team's Florian Marino rode brilliantly to secure fifth in an entertaining re-started 5-lap sprint race at Misano for round five of the 2017 FIM STK1000 European Championship. His teammate Roberto Tamburini unfortunately retired from the original race and could not line up on the grid for the restart.
Marino qualified in sixth, but had an issue with his quickshifter during the original race and found himself dropping back through the pack. When it was red-flagged on lap ten, it gave his team a chance to sort out the problem, and they worked furiously to make sure his R1 would be ready for the re-start. The five lap Sprint race that ensued was dramatic and slightly chaotic, but the 24-year-old French rider kept his cool and battled superbly in the leading group to secure fifth.
His teammate Tamburini had been quick all weekend. He ended Friday's free practice third on the combined timesheets, and then secured his fourth front row start of the season after qualifying in second, missing out on pole by just 0.068s. During the original race, the 26-year-old Italian made his way through the field to the leading group after a tricky start but ran wide while attempting to overtake Toprak Razgatlioglu. He managed to recover, but just as he was making up for the lost ground he suffered a technical issue with his bike and was forced to retire.
This result sees Marino leapfrog his teammate in the championship standings into third with 67 points, 23 behind the outright leader, while Tamburini is now fourth with 56 points after five races. The Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team will be back in action for round six of the 2017 FIM Superstock 1000 European Championship in Germany at the Lausitzring on the 18th-20th of August.
Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team - 5th +2.700s
"Honestly it has been quite a difficult weekend for me. I haven't really been on the level I want to be at all weekend. I have been 3-4 tenths of a second off where I know I can be. I just didn't really have the confidence in these conditions. Honestly, I am not happy with P5, but I feel a bit lucky because in the first race I had a technical problem which saw me drop back lap-by-lap. So, the red flag was like another chance for me. The re-started race was pretty crazy, some of the passes were quite dangerous, and I don't feel great in these kinds of races. Obviously fifth is not so bad, it could have been a lot worse, but it could have been better! I look forward to the next race. I will be working hard to be better and stronger for the final part of the season."
Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team - DNF
"The start was not so good, but after a few laps, I passed a few riders and I arrived at Toprak, but then I made a little mistake and ran off line and lost 1.5s. Then I pushed very hard to recover the gap, but with 5-6 laps to go I had a technical issue with my bike, so unfortunately, I had to retire. I am quite sad at the moment as it was my home race and I wanted to do well, but my pace was very good. I want to say thanks to the team for the weekend, and we will work hard for the next race in Germany."
Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team Manager
"I am little bit frustrated with the race result, as all weekend Florian and Roberto have been very quick. Their feeling was getting better and better all weekend and the setup of the bike was perfect. Everything was in line to get a great result in the race, and the riders were very confident and motivated. In the end, during the original race Roberto was fighting at the front for the win, but he had a technical issue with his bike and he lost the chance to get a podium. Obviously, he is doubly frustrated as it was his home race and he wanted to perform in front of his fans and sponsors. Florian had an issue in the original race with his quick shifter, which saw him dropping back through the field. After the red flag, Florian did brilliantly in the re-started race. It was a miracle the team managed to fix the issue so quickly, which allowed him to go out and ride how we know he can. We will be working hard in the break now to ensure when we get to the next round in Germany we will be at our best, and we look forward to the next race. I would like to thank all of our sponsors for the special support at our home race, Urbis, Biblion, Jaes, Imperial Life & Iniziative Servizi Logistici."