Determined Racing from Canepa and Rossi at Imola

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Niccoló Canepa and Louis Rossi completed their debut race with the Pata Yamaha Official STK1000 Team at Imola’s Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari today, taking 12th and 17th place finishes respectively. A difficult weekend recovering from illness had left Canepa with very little time to familiarise himself with his new YZF-R1M, having just a 30-minute qualifying session on Saturday to secure his place on the grid.

Lining up in 18th the Italian suffered a bad start to Sunday’s race, relegating him to 25th after the first lap but he quickly dug deep and began to make progress through the surrounding pack. Jumping seven places in just three laps, he circulated in 18th for a further three before again mounting his charge, taking 13th with four laps to go. Gaining again on the final revolution, Canepa crossed the line in 12th, picking up four points on his return to the STK1000 championship and eager to improve at Donington in a month’s time.

A great start by Rossi in his inaugural competition on the Pata Yamaha YZF-R1M put him ninth by the end of lap one, having qualified 13th in yesterday’s session. A mistake early into the next lap, however, caused him to run on, demoting him to 30th and leaving a mammoth task ahead of him. Regrouping quickly, and with an already strong confidence in his team and bike, the championship rookie rode a determined race, picking through the riders ahead of him to advance 13 places in as many laps, taking 17th at the flag and just narrowly missing out on a points scoring finish.

There was also success for Yamaha supported riders in the class, as Sebastien Suchet, Andrea Mantovani and Fabio Massei all finished consecutively within the top-nine.

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