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Ten Kate Racing hunting for the team championship at Jerez WorldSSP season finale

This weekend, the twelfth and final round of the FIM Supersport World Championship will be held at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto. After a year’s absence, the southern Spanish circuit is back on the calendar where Ten Kate Racing hopes to clinch the team championship for the third season in a row.

The Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto is familiar territory for almost all riders in the World Superbike paddock. The 4.423-kilometre circuit, located in southern Spain, has eight right turns and five left turns. Because it is used by many teams as a test track and also because most riders have raced on this track from an early age, it is a true test of strength.

After the race weekend in Portimão, Stefano Manzi secured second place in the World Supersport championship. The Italian rider, who has taken four wins so far with Ten Kate Racing in 2023, will do everything he can to increase that number this weekend at Jerez. Jorge Navarro is currently ninth in the championship but with two good results this weekend he could move up a few more positions. After his first podium finish in World Supersport in Portugal, he will be aiming for that again this weekend.

Stefano Manzi: “Finally we go back racing again but it will be the last race weekend of the year. I am looking forward to get back on the bike and start working again but it’s a bit sad that it is the last one. It feels a bit strange going into this weekend because now there is nothing I can do anymore about the championship. Anyway, we will work like we have done all year and try to be in front. It will be interesting and I cannot wait to be back with the team.”

Jorge Navarro: “The season went by very quickly and we’re already at the final round of the season in Jerez. In Portugal we had our best weekend of the year so far so we go to Spain with a good feeling. I feel strong and my feeling on the bike improves race by race. I will try to keep working like this and give my best, then we’ll see what is possible in Jerez. It is a track that I like a lot.”

Kervin Bos – Ten Kate Racing team manager: “Unfortunately, it is already the last race weekend of the season. Racing still remains what we love to do most of all so it is a shame that this is the final one of the year. So far, it has been a very nice season and this round also has a lot at stake. We will do our best to clinch the team championship for the third year in a row. We hope that both riders can score a large number of points and then we should be able to win that title again.

Stefano has been rock-solid all season and we expect to continue the same trend with him. Jorge likes riding at Jerez and in Portimão he finished on the podium for the first time so let’s hope we can finish the season with him in that way. At the Yamaha Thailand Racing Team side, the line-up is complete again and we hope to end their first season in a positive way as well.”

This weekend in Jerez will see a different timetable than usual. The race weekend starts with two free practice sessions on Friday after which qualifying begins on Saturday morning at 10:25 am. Race 1 starts Saturday afternoon at 12:30 after which Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, also at 12:30. Please note that from Saturday to Sunday, the clock goes back one hour due to daylight savings.

Posted on Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 in News

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