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Manzi Saves Eleventh Place in Action-Packed Aragon Race 1

Manzi Saves Eleventh Place in Action-Packed Aragon Race 1

Stefano Manzi had a tricky Saturday in Aragon when he qualified in fifth and ran at the front of the race until the closing moments when a huge moment cost him plenty of places and earned him five points.

Saturday morning’s Superpole session saw Manzi searching for a strong lap on a track he finds difficult, despite the uphill battle plus a red-flag interruption and some cancelled laps he managed to bag an important second row start. Meanwhile his team-mate Jorge Navarro (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) qualified in eighth and Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team) achieved ninth.

The first WorldSSP race of the weekend wasn’t as clear cut as many expected, and despite Manzi being initially unable to bridge the gap to the front, he pushed hard to up the pace in the lead group and moved from third into second by Lap 11. At this point the leader was too far in front for the Italian to catch, but he defended his position well for a few laps. After slipping to third in the closing stages of the race he once again gave it everything to up his position, but a huge run-off and impressive save on the final lap plummeted him from third to 11th.

Meanwhile, Navarro enjoyed a consistent race on home soil, taking seventh at the chequered flag. Van Straalen and Valentin Debise (GMT94 Yamaha) were both inside the Top 10 with eighth and 10th respectively.



Ten Kate Racing Yamaha - P11

Stefano Manzi

It hasn’t been the best day for us. It started with some bad luck in qualifying where my best lap was cancelled for exceeding track limits and in two other laps I saw a yellow flag. I had to start from the second row but in the race I made a good start. I was up to third place and closing the gap to second place. At the end I was fighting with Marcel Schrötter for second place and on the last lap I touched him and I had to go into the gravel to avoid a crash. I lost a lot of time and therefore I finished in 11th place. That was disappointing but we will try again tomorrow.