With three race weekends in five weeks, a busy period awaits Ten Kate Racing. This weekend the sixth round of the FIM Supersport World Championship will be held at Donington Park where the Dutch team hopes to shine again with Stefano Manzi and Jorge Navarro.
After Stefano Manzi and Ten Kate Racing’s first joint victory at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, motivation is very high to maintain this form next weekend at Donington Park. Currently, the deficit is 36 points on the World Supersport championship leader but the aim is to reduce it in the two races scheduled at the 4.023-kilometre circuit.
Jorge Navarro showed on Ten Kate Racing’s Yamaha YZF-R6 that he is getting closer and closer to the top in the WorldSSP championship. Donington Park is new for the Spaniard but with the experience the Nieuwleusen-based team has, that will not be a problem.
With the British round of the World Superbike championship, a busy period begins for Ten Kate Racing. After the race weekend at Donington Park, Imola will follow in the weekend of 14-16 July, followed by racing in Most in the weekend of 28-30 July.
Stefano Manzi: “We’re going to Donington Park and it will be just my second time riding there. It’s a beautiful track, hopefully the weather will be good so we can enjoy the layout. I am looking forward to get back together with my crew and ride the bike again. We did a great job last time out at Misano so let’s make sure we continue like that this weekend.”
Jorge Navarro: “After another little break we’re back racing again this weekend. I used this time to prepare myself in the best way possible for the upcoming races. I am really looking forward to go racing at Donington Park as it’s a new track for me. There will be a lot to learn for me this weekend but I have a great team who I’m sure can help me to get the best out of myself and the bike.”
Kervin Bos – Ten Kate Racing team manager: “Donington Park is next on the programme, a track where we tried to test but ended up not being able to do any laps. Despite that, we feel very well prepared. Stefano is in very good form as we saw in Misano, on the other hand Jorge is on an upward trend so I expect both riders to be very competitive next weekend. Within the Yamaha Thailand Racing Team we welcome Andy Verdoïa as a replacement for Apiwath Wongthananon. We will receive a lot of guests and the weather forecasts seem to be good so we are really looking forward to it.”
This weekend will feature a different time schedule. As usual, there will be two 45-minute free practice sessions on Friday followed by the Superpole session on Saturday morning at 10:25 am local time, 11:25 am Central European Time. Race 1 will start Saturday afternoon at 15:15 local time (16:15 CET) with Race 2 Sunday afternoon at 14:30 local time (15:30 CET).