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Stefano Manzi Storms to his First Victory with Yamaha in Misano

Stefano Manzi Storms to his First Victory with Yamaha in Misano

Stefano Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) put in a stunning display when he stormed to victory at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” in WorldSSP race two. His win on home soil was made even more special as it was his first with Yamaha.

The thrilling race saw Manzi start from 11th on the grid, but by riding with impressive determination he was quickly in contention. The race had plenty of excitement from the get-go and it was clear that Manzi wasn’t willing to settle for anything less than a win as he climbed into second and proceeded to get into the battle for top spot, swopping places numerous times with the race leader. He fought until the very last moments of the 18-lap race, putting in a sensational pass at Turn 3 on the last lap to take his maiden Yamaha victory in front of an adoring home crowd. This top step finish moves the rider from Rimini to 36 points off the title lead.

Simone Corsi (Altogo Racing Team) was the next highest placed R6 with sixth place. Nicholas Spinelli (Altogo Racing Team) finished in a solid eighth at home after a great battle of his own, while a trio of Yamahas also scored points in the form of Tom Edwards (Yart-Yamaha WorldSSP Team), Marco Bussolotti (Axon Seven Team) and Andrea Mantovani (Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team) who were 12th, 14th and 15th.

Jorge Navarro (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) had been putting in a great performance before he fell on lap six of the race, rejoining for 18th. Similarly, Glenn van Straalen (EAB Racing Team) went down and had to accept 22nd place on the day.



Ten Kate Racing Yamaha

Stefano Manzi

It was an amazing day for us that started off well right from the morning; after Warm-Up I felt that I had a good base and I felt well prepared. When the race came I found that I could gain many places, and then I was up into second and fighting for the win. In fact, I was half battling but half waiting to make my move! In the end I managed to get in front on the last lap and hold the position, my first win with Yamaha feels great, and especially here in Italy!