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Stefano Manzi Returns to WorldSSP Podium in Tenacious Display

Stefano Manzi Returns to WorldSSP Podium in Tenacious Display

Stefano Manzi once again placed as the top Yamaha rider in an intense WorldSSP Race 2 at the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya. The Italian took 3rd place despite receiving a penalty, while Valentin Debise and Glenn van Straalen also placed in the Top 5.

The 18-lap race provided plenty of action from start to finish as the riders attacked the Catalan track. Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) was determined to better the 6th place he achieved on Saturday, and he rode a strong race to push those in front of him and keep the pressure on until the final flag. While running in 3rd the Italian put in an amazing move at Turn 5 to slot into the race lead, and although he later lost the position he continued to fight. He crossed the line in 2nd place after a move in the closing moments of the race but, similarly to Race 1, he was demoted one position for exceeding track limits on the last lap. However, this 3rd place finish means a helpful boost to his championship chances – he currently sits 36 points from the lead. 

A further 4 Yamahas filled the Top 10 with great performances from Debise (GMT94 Yamaha), van Straalen (EAB Racing Team), Nicholas Spinelli (VFT Racing WEBIKE Yamaha) and Jorge Navarro (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) who placed 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th respectively. 

Australia’s Tom Edwards (Yart-Yamaha WorldSSP Team) also impressed with a very positive 11th place finish. And home rider Adrian Fernandez Gonzalez (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) shone in Spain with his first points finish in 15th. 

WorldSSP - Results WARM UP

WorldSSP - Results RACE 2

Ten Kate Racing Yamaha - P3

Stefano Manzi

It seems that I went onto the green paint on the last lap and that’s why I received a penalty, but I’m happy to get 3rd place anyway, even if I wanted more. I got the same position here last year so I already have one trophy like this, and I’m pleased to add another one! The track was cooler today but there was more humidity in the air so it was quite tough out there. Now I’m looking forward to going to Misano, a track I know very well. Thanks to all my team and to Yamaha.