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Stefano Manzi Maintains Focus to Chase Down Second Place on Sunday in Assen

Stefano Manzi Maintains Focus to Chase Down Second Place on Sunday in Assen

The second race of the weekend at the TT Circuit Assen proved mostly positive for Yamaha as Ten Kate Racing’s Stefano Manzi stormed to second place, marking his third podium of the season. The next best Yamaha was Valentin Debise (GMT 94 Yamaha) who managed 6th place, just one position in front of Jorge Navarro (Ten Kate Racing).

The rain stayed away as the WorldSSP riders took to the track on Sunday for Race 2. Although the race winner eventually took victory by more than four seconds, the rest of the field remained close and the battle for the podium was tense with around six riders all in contention. Manzi kept a cool head and consistently placed himself in rostrum positions, avoiding trouble and putting in some good passes to get second at the chequered flag.

Debise and Navarro rode well to both place in the Top 10; sixth and seventh respectively. Yamaha supported rider Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team) wasn’t able to repeat the podium he achieved on Saturday, but he nevertheless closed the race in 11th. One place behind van Straalen, in 12th, was Andrea Mantovani (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team).

Nicholas Spinelli (VFT Racing WEBIKE Yamaha) got into the points with 14th, and Yamaha Thailand Racing Team’s Apiwath Wongthananon narrowly missed out on a points score in 16th.

Ten Kate Racing

Stefano Manzi

It was great to finish on the podium today and I feel quite happy, although I guess I’m not fully happy because it’s not a win! But it’s great for the championship to get this second place finish and the points.The battle was really nice with Federico Caricasulo, and once I overtook him I managed to get into a good rhythm and maintain my position.