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Ten Kate Racing Signs Stefano Manzi for 2023 World Supersport Season

Ten Kate Racing Signs Stefano Manzi for 2023 World Supersport Season

The Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team is pleased to announce that Stefano Manzi will join the team in 2023. The Italian rider will become teammate of the recently already contracted Jorge Navarro within the Nieuwleusen-based FIM Supersport World Championship team.

The Italian will race a Ten Kate Racing-prepared Yamaha YZF-R6 in the hunt for success in the FIM Supersport World Championship.

Manzi, born on the 29th of March 1999 in Rimini, made his international road racing debut in 2012 as a rider in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. After three seasons, in which he twice finished third in the final standings, he made his debut in the lightest class of the MotoGP World Championship in 2015. In 2017, the switch was made to the Moto2 class, the class in which he was active for five seasons. In 2022, the VR46 Racing Academy protégé made the switch to the WorldSSP Championship.

With three podium finishes, including a victory in early October in Portimão, Manzi finished his debut season in the class with 209 World Championship points scored and sixth place in the final championship standings. Enough reasons for the Nieuwleusen-based team to offer the 23-year-old Italian a contract for the 2023 season.

Manzi and Navarro will be in action for the first time on the Ten Kate Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 during a planned spring test in Portugal in January.

Stefano Manzi

Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team

This is one of the best Christmas presents a rider can wish for: it's fantastic to sign a contract with Ten Kate Racing. I have a lot of confidence in this project of Ten Kate Racing and Yamaha. After a first year in the World Supersport championship, I think this is the perfect combination to show my potential. I can't wait to get on the track and work with this team.

Kervin Bos – Team Manager

Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team

At the end of this year, we can look back on a great season with both the rider’s title and the team championship: a period we are incredibly proud of. Now we look ahead to 2023 and where we previously presented Jorge Navarro, we can now proudly announce that Stefano Manzi will be his teammate at Ten Kate Racing in the World Supersport championship. The young Italian rider from the VR46 Riders Academy has a lot of Grand Prix experience and already completed a year in the WorldSSP championship, and not without success. We are very proud of this rider line-up for 2023. Ten Kate Racing would like to welcome Stefano and wish him the best of luck. We look forward to seeing both riders in action together for the first time at the end of January during the pre-season test at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.