The Bordone Ferrari enduro team celebrated new success as their Enduro Junior rider Jonathan Manzi claimed a hard fought victory on day two in the Tuscany hills of Castiglion Fiorentino. After narrowly missing out on victory during day one, Manzi started day two in a determined fashion. Pushing hard throughout the day, the Italian faced a tough fight from Argentina’s Kevin Benavides. With little to separate the duo, Manzi delivered a strong final lap to secure victory by less than one second.
Finishing fourth in Enduro 1 on day one, Oldrati jumped one position to claim a well-deserved third overall - much to the delight of his home supporters.
Ending day one in fifth, Junior rider, Eduardo D’Ambrosio looked on course to join his teammate Manzi on the podium on day two until badly hurting his knee during a crash the final cross test.
Adding to the victory of Jordi Villadoms in the Sardegna Rally and also to the launch of their new Mi1 rally bike, the Bordone Ferrari team enjoyed a successful week of racing.
Jonathan Manzi – Enduro Junior: "Sunday was a great day. Returning to win in Italy was fantastic. I kept a good rhythm all day long and I was able to defend myself in every situation – even after some small mistakes in the last extreme and enduro test. The GP of Italy has always been a beautiful thing. For a rider, racing in his home event is very exciting. Racing and winning with the support of his own followers is even more exciting".
Thomas Oldrati – Enduro 1: "I think it's been a very positive race. Usually I don't do very well during the GP of Italy because of the pressure of a race in my own land. Finally, I reached the podium fighting for the second position with Seistola until the very last second. Unfortunately, I made a mistake in the last special test and I didn't make it. Anyway, I am very satisfied with my results. On day two the race got very difficult because of the great heat but in the second part of the day, when the other riders started feeling tired, I managed to do even better. That means that, as well as the result, the preparation we made was right. It was a very hard race with no rest. It was very warm, and then the extreme and the enduro Test were so close, in a sequence of 4 minutes one to each other...yes, very beautiful but really tough.”
Edoardo D'Ambrosio – Enduro Junior: "Fifth wasn't bad on day one, considering that in the last race of the World Championship I finished at the 12th place. On day two I left way better, even if I made a tiny mistake in the first extreme. During the last cross test, before I got hurt, I was just nine seconds behind Bellino and I felt fine because in enduro and extreme tests I could have had some good chances. Unfortunately, I will never know If I managed to overtake him or not, since I had some problems with my knee and I couldn't continue".