Pata Yamaha Relishing Return to STK1000 Action at Lausitzring
The Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team are looking forward to resuming their challenge for the 2017 FIM Superstock European Championship this weekend at the Lausitzring, round six of the season. Florian Marino currently occupies third in the championship standings as the season resumes after its summer break, just 23-points behind the leader. His teammate Roberto Tamburini is just 11 points further back in fourth and after a positive two-day test at the track during the break, both riders are determined to get the second half of the season of to the best possible start.
Marino fought his way to an excellent fifth-place finish in the frantic re-started 5-lap race at the last round in Misano to add to his three podiums so far this season, which sees him third in the championship standings with 67 points. The 24-year-old French rider enjoyed a productive summer break and is eager to resume the championship battle after a constructive two-day test at the Lausitzring.
His teammate Tamburini had looked the like the man to beat all weekend at Misano, but was cruelly forced to retire during the race with a technical issue. It was the first time the 26-year-old Italian had failed to score points in 2017 and it means he currently lies fourth in the standings with 56 points after five races. He is confident he can hit the ground running in Germany after finding a good base setup with his Yamaha R1M at the recent test and will be out to fight for victory at the Lausitzring.
The Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team kick off the action at the Lausitzring on Friday at 9am local time with Free Practice 1, while qualifying takes place at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday's 14-lap race is scheduled for 3:15pm.
Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team - 3rd - 67pts
"I am looking forward to the Lausitzring! It has been a long time since we have been racing so I am really excited to get back in action. The summer break has been really good for me. I took time to think, train, and work hard with the team to strengthen my weaker points. I feel like I have made a step forward so I am looking forward to getting to Germany so can catch up with the team, make a good plan and have a strong weekend. I feel ready and I know a lot of the other riders are excited to return, so I think it will be a very interesting weekend. I will, as always, do my best to fight with the top guys and get the best result possible for the team to try and close the gap to the championship leaders."
Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team - 4th - 56pts
"After two months off, it is great to get be getting back to racing and the championship! We conducted a two-day test last month at the Lausitzring, so we arrive in Germany with a good base, which is important to make sure we get the weekend off to a good start. Even if the weather conditions are different form the test, because they often change quickly at the Lausitzring, we feel confident that we can adapt. The target is to finish on the podium and try to fight for the victory to allow us to recover some vital championship points on the leaders!"