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Manzi Maintains Consistent Form With 6th on Saturday in Barcelona

Manzi Maintains Consistent Form With 6th on Saturday in Barcelona

Stefano Manzi continued to build on his points tally on Saturday when he secured a solid 6th place despite receiving a penalty in a tricky FIM WorldSSP race at the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya. Yamaha-supported rider Glenn van Straalen managed a great 4th position.

Australia’s Tom Edwards (Yart-Yamaha WorldSSP Team) impressed onlookers in the Tissot Superpole when he clocked the 4th best time in a red-flag disrupted session. Edwards headed a gaggle of Yamaha riders with van Straalen, Jorge Navarro, Valentin Debise, and Stefano Manzi filling 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th on the grid.

The 18-lap race was filled with drama from start to finish, and Manzi employed his usual technique of pushing towards the front with every passing lap. The Ten Kate Racing Yamaha rider was involved in a ferocious fight for 3rd until the final flag, finishing just off the podium in 4th. However, the Italian was deemed to have exceeded track limits on the final lap and was subsequently demoted to 6th after a 3-second penalty was added at the end of the race in lieu of a long lap penalty. This moved van Straalen (EAB Racing Team) into 4th. Spain’s Navarro (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) finished in a decent 7th place as he continues his recovery from injury. While Debise (GMT94 Yamaha) achieved 8th ahead of Nicholas Spinelli (VFT Racing WEBIKE Yamaha), 9th. Edwards finished in the points with 14th.

It was a tough day for 2022 WorldSSP 300 champion Alvaro Diaz (Arco Yart Yamaha WorldSSP) who was forced to start from the back of the grid after an issue on the start line. The Spaniard recovered to 26th place.



Ten Kate Racing Yamaha - P6

Stefano Manzi

I feel disappointed today because I didn’t qualify very well and then in the race I received a penalty. It was a very tough race with a really fierce battle for the podium, and I crossed the line very close to getting 3rd. However, this 6th place gives me some solid points and we’ll try to improve for tomorrow.