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Manzi Grabs Another Twenty Points on Day One in Donington

Manzi Grabs Another Twenty Points on Day One in Donington

Stefano Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) secured another second place finish at the end of Race 1 in Donington Park, UK. The twenty-point bonus keeps him in contention for the championship, and also gives the Italian a confidence boost ahead of Sunday’s action.

A windy and cloudy start to Saturday’s Tissot Superpole didn’t stop Manzi from claiming a vital front row start with third place, his first since Round 1 in Australia.  While Glenn van Staalen (EAB Racing Team) was the next Yamaha, taking his R6 to seventh on the grid.

Race 1 was held under the same conditions as Superpole, with strong winds and threatening clouds sweeping over the circuit. As the lights went out, Manzi gave his all to make the most of his strong grid position, piling the pressure on his rivals in the early laps. Title rival Nicolo Bulega managed to gap Manzi, but the Yamaha rider refused to give up and closed the distance to the Ducati rider at the mid-race point. However, at the chequered flag the Ten Kate Racing rider had to settle for a good 20 points and the silver medal.

It was an impressive run for van Straalen, who managed to use his good grid spot to finish Race 1 in a great fifth place. Valentin Debise (GMT94 Yamaha) had been on course to finish in the Top 5, but a last lap clash with another rider demoted him to 10th.

It wasn’t such a lucky day for Nicholas Spinelli (VFT Racing WEBIKE Yamaha), Alvaro Diaz (Arco Yart Yamaha WorldSSP) and Anupab Sarmoon (Yamaha Thailand Racing Team), with the promising trio all failing to finish Race 1.



Ten Kate Racing Yamaha

Stefano Manzi

It was quite a good race for me. I made a good start and on the opening lap I had nice speed immediately. It was not a race with a lot of battling, everyone in front was able to ride a very strong pace. My pace was also quite good because I was able to do many laps under my qualifying time. We need to improve something for tomorrow to bridge the gap, because at this track we’re struggling a bit more than expected. We will try to find something in the Warm-Up session and hopefully that will help us in the race.