RACE - MISANO ADRIATICO, ITALY
April, 13th 2008
1000cc win the german Nina Prinz, second
place for the italian Letizia Marchetti,
third the english Susie Grayson.
600cc win the Dutch Iris Ten Katen, second
place for the czech Marketa Janakowa, , third
place the slovenian Tina Katrasnik.
2008 women racing season goes on with another exciting and
The famous Romagna track hosted a double event for the women
road racing championship: the second round of the Italian
Women’s Championship and the first race of the European
Women’s Championship. 35 racers ready to bolt under
a not very promising sky: weather was extremely variable during
the whole event, with brief showers counterpointed by feeble
racers performed to very high standards from the very start,
reporting breathtaking times like Nina Prinz (Germany), current
European title holder, who confirmed her leadership with an
amazing 1.42.0, the women's circuit record and best lap-time
of the whole racing weekend featuring 300 participants.
During the first qualifying session, a nasty accident took
Cristiana Toria out of the race: while going through the Misano
1 turn with her Tornado 900, Mary Zanella was trying to overtake
her, but cut back too early and brushed against the Benelli
forcing it to the ground. Best wishes from the Motoclub and
everyone on the paddock to Cristiana, currently staying at
the Riccione hospital with a broken pelvis.
Two Russian racers (Nataliya Lyubimova and Nadezhda Yakhnich)
could not get to qualify to the race: congratulations anyway
for coming so close to the others racers. The Misano track
is technically challenging and it’s quite difficult
to properly master it over just a weekend.
1000 starting grid lined Nina Prinz in pole position with
white-light blue suit for the Official Yamaha Germany team,
then Paola Cazzola with a Yamaha (team Piellemoto), Letizia
Marchetti (team Red Rabbit) in the third place, second row,
Romana Fede (team Babelgum by RG) in the third row, followed
by Susie Grayson (team Feisty Racing, UK).
For the Superstock 600 race Iris Ten Katen (Duntep Racing
Team, NL) in pole position, with her trusty Honda CBR 600
RR along with Marketa Janacova (Team Suzuki Mayer, Czech Republic),
on the second row Alessia Polita (Italy), who has just come
back to the 600 championship with the C.P. Racing team, Eliana
Pezzilli (still with the team Piellemoto)
and Tina Katrasnik (team Amd Kranj, Slovenia), followed by
three Italian racers: Manuela La Licata (team Vasar), Manuela
Bocchino (team Motobaleani), Cristina Peluso (team Vueffe).
Right after the
red light goes off Nina Prinz bolts forward leaving Cazzola
behind, who in turns immediately gains a good lead on Ten
Katen. Behind them a small, close group with Alessia Polita,
Marketa Janacova (both “rivals” in the last European
Suzuki championship), Letizia Marchetti and Tina Katrasnik.
The four riders gave an exciting performance during the whole
race, with non-stop overtakings up to the very end, when Janacova,
right after Polita, overtakes Katrasnik, conquering the second
place in the European race. Fantastic result for Letizia Marchetti
who gets a double second placing for both races thanks to
the great feeling with her new team. Great race, as usual,
for Alessia Polita, who gets the first place in the Italian
race; this racer from Iesi has decided to compete only in
the Italian Championship to better focus on achieving the
Italian Champion title. Romana Fede steps on the podium with
her third place for the Italian title, while Eliana Pezzilli
gains 20 points more in the 600 class. Great duel for Sharon
Mermet (Ninja 600), Nikolett Kovacs (who cut her teeth on
the 125 World Championship) and Manuela Bocchino (who finished
first in the 2007 Rookies Cup). These three racers fought
in a thrilling series of overtakings till the final lap when
the Kawasaki racer managed to finally outrun the other two
and step on the third place of the Italian block.
Excellent results for Susie Grayson, the nice English racer
with her fancy pink-dyed hair, the same colour used by her
team, who managed to get the third place in the European race
behind Prinz and Marchetti in the 1000 class; same goes for
Tina Katrasnik, eighteen, who steps on the third place in
the European 600.
Among the new racers, Elisabet Zanini (team Red Rabbit) repeated
her good performance she gave in Vallelunga, followed by Alessia
Falzoni, and Marta Castelli. Mary Zanella has been penalized
by a fall, luckily without any further consequences.
Great party at
the prize cerermony with many racers (and countries) on the
Next dates will
be on June 15th at Assen, the Netherlands for the second European
Women’s Championship race, and July 20th at Magione
for the third round of the Campionato Italiano race.