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Manzi Manages Important Second Place in Misano Race One

Manzi Manages Important Second Place in Misano Race One

Stefano Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) continued his excellent form with an important second place finish at Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” on Saturday as he continues his 2023 title quest.

The morning’s Superpole session was a tricky one for Yamaha, with the highest placed being Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team) in fifth, and next best being Jorge Navarro (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) in ninth. Home favourite Manzi qualified in 11th spot.

It was all change in race one as the blue bikes made a charge for the front of the field, and Manzi looked his usual spirited self as he fought his way through the pack. With the home crowd on his side the Italian rode his R6 hard and took a well-earned second place and the accompanying 20 points. 

A trio of Yamahas filled the solid positions of sixth, seventh and eighth in the form of Simone Corsi (Altogo Racing Team), van Straalen and Navarro respectively. Nicholas Spinelli (VFT Racing WEBIKE Yamaha) and Andrea Mantovani (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) both scored points in their home race, closing out in 12th and 14th.



Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team

Stefano Manzi

I pushed to my maximum in today’s race. At the end I saw the gap between me and Caricasulo getting smaller so I didn’t know if I could maintain the second place. We had a nice battle in the last lap and fortunately I was able to hold onto my position. Wefinished in second place again, I hope we can get that first win at some point. I want to win with Yamaha so we need to keep working. After not being on the bike since Barcelona and only doing five laps on Friday it was quite difficult in qualifying this morning, tomorrow I need to start quite far down as well. Today we were able to recover so hopefully we can repeat that tomorrow.