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Manzi Battles Back from Crash for Fifth on Sunday in Donington

Manzi Battles Back from Crash for Fifth on Sunday in Donington

Stefano Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) managed to recover to an impressive fifth place in a tumultuous race that saw him crash out of podium contention before re-joining and undergoing a long lap penalty.

The 19-lap race was held under the same mixed conditions of sun, wind and cloud that dominated the Donington Park weekend, and Manzi was keen to make the most of his front row grid spot and challenge for a victory. His plan was going well and he was running in podium contention until a low side at Turn 11 on Lap 5 plummeted him down the order. The R6 rider was very quick to re-join the race and was soon back to tenth. However, in his urgency to regain the lost places he made a tight overtake and was handed a long lap penalty. After carrying it out he continued to keep his head down and impressively battled back to claim 11 points and fifth place. 

After the disappointment of Saturday’s Race 1 when he clashed with another rider and lost positions, Valentin Debise (GMT94 Yamaha) was able to finish in a decent seventh place at the British track. Meanwhile, Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team) continued his round-by-round consistency and claimed 10th place at the finish line, just ahead of Ten Kate Racing Yamaha’s Jorge Navarro who took 11th.

Andy Verdoia (Yamaha Thailand Racing Team) who was standing in for an injured Apiwath Wongthananon put in a very impressive run to score points with 13th. While Tom Edwards (Yart-Yamaha WorldSSP Team) continued to improve and took 14th.



Ten Kate Racing Yamaha

Stefano Manzi

The day started well, we found something in Warm-Up which helped us to improve our pace. In the race I made a good start and got up to second place, then I was catching the leader. I was on the limit and I lost the front in Turn 11 which caused a small crash, luckily I was able to pick up the bike quickly and continue. After that I got a Long Lap penalty for an overtake I made, in the end we finished in fifth place. Usually I wouldn’t be happy with that, but with the race I had it’s not a bad result.