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Manzi and Navarro Enjoy Double Podium Success in WorldSSP Race 1

Manzi and Navarro Enjoy Double Podium Success in WorldSSP Race 1

The Ten Kate Racing Team had a super Saturday when they achieved a double podium with their riders, Stefano Manzi and Jorge Navarro, who took second and third in Portimão. For the Spanish rookie it marked a debut WorldSSP rostrum.

Superpole showed that the ever-determined Manzi is always ready to put in a hot lap, and the Italian took second spot on the grid with a 1’43.292. Navarro qualified fourth, while Valentin Debise (GMT94 Yamaha) took fifth. Australia’s Tom Edwards (Yart-Yamaha WorldSSP Team) impressed with a great sixth.  

In Race 1 Manzi got off to a strong start, maintaining his grid spot off the line and into the first corners. Over the next few laps he was able to keep the pressure on the race leader and defend well from third place, although as the race wore on he slipped back to the final podium spot. At this point the Italian was simply focused on staying ahead of the charging Yamahas of Navarro and Debise behind him, but after Montella, who was sitting in second, suffered a DNF it was game on for Manzi and he settled into a nice rhythm. Meanwhile, Navarro was feeling more confident and comfortable with each passing lap around the tricky track and the Spaniard was able to gain a great third, achieving his first WorldSSP podium. Debise took another strong finish with fifth, and Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) finished 10th.

Taking his 14th win of the season on Saturday, Ducati’s Nicolo Bulega was crowned the 2023 FIM WorldSSP Champion. Manzi sits in a very solid second in the standings, 63 points ahead of third.



Ten Kate Racing Yamaha - P2

Stefano Manzi

It was a nice race for me because I made a good start and then I was already close to the front. It was so challenging to match Nicolo, in the second part of the race I was closing the gap but then I almost had a high-side so I knew it was nearly impossible. I tried again but I was over the limit and then realised that second place was the maximum result. I think this was one of my best races because I couldn’t give anything more, there was not a place where I thought I could gain some more time. Now we need to fully secure second place in the championship tomorrow and then we can enjoy the final race of the season.

Ten Kate Racing Yamaha - P3

Jorge Navarro

I am very happy because we have been progressing a lot during the season. Until now the results we wanted and expected were not coming. I want to thank the team because they have been doing a very good job and kept believing in me. This weekend we knew that there was a chance to be on the podium and I was very determined at the start of the race. I think I learned more today, riding with the top guys, than I have done all season. Now we’ll focus on where we need to improve and I am looking forward to racing again tomorrow.