Once again Berger and Marino get close to victory.
An enchanted weekend in Silverstone for the TEN KATE Team: 5 races in the different classes, 5 podiums in second position for Junior and Senior riders.
The youngest among Junior Ten Kate rider, Florian Marino, was as usual the first one to be involved in the ‘English adventure’ , he led an intelligent and attacking race, although it was the first time he raced at Silverstone.
Florian started not at his best from the Pole but he managed to reach his rivals: Guarnoni ,who did a good start from the 4th position, and the local wild card Mossey, who profited by an unusual Gentleman Agreement with Teams Ten Kate Junior and M.R.S. which, at U.E.M. request, let him participate in the race despite of a not-regulation motorcycle provided with gearshift which is forbidden in class Superstock600.
A very thrilling race in STK600 , with many overtakings between Ten Kate’s Marino and the English wild card who got the better of Florian only at the very last lap, taking advantage of the considerable experience on his home track.
Marino caught up 4 points on an unusually careful Jeremi Guarnoni, who was maybe already reckoning his points in a standings of which he is still the leader.
Different story in the STK1000 race : Maxime Berger did an excellent start who let him gather more than 2 seconds of gap. He made good use of it and he was almost sure that his rival had given up trying catch him but, maybe because the features of the Motorrad BMW Team’s bikes were higher than expected, he managed to get rid of his chasers and reached Marino who gave up recovering in order to avoid dangerous contacts with Ayrton Badovini.
“ I’m satisfied with the race, I did my best as usual; this time I managed to do a very good start so I could lead the race during many laps. Unfortunately during the last laps my rival reached and overtook me so I had to settle for the second place, without trying to overtake him again because it would have been too risky”.
Maxime Berger #21, Superstock 1000:
“ I liked Silverstone from the beginning, from my first lap on this track. I wanted to do all I could, I even felt during the Qualifying practice but I managed to finish on Pole. During the race I struggled until the last lap, as I did many other times this year. The wild card had nothing to lose but I’m fighting for the title. Unluckily I already did a bad result this season, I didn’t want to replicate”.
Florian Marino #21, Superstock 600:
Domenico Francese, Team manager:
" We can’t complain about two second positions at all, although in these races we thought several time we were going to make it, during many laps. We finished seconds in the very last lap…I expect ourselves to be luckier from now on. I want to congratulate our riders for being always on the best placements and thank all the people in the Team for doing at every race their best to end this season with a flourish”.
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