POLINI INTERNATIONAL CUP
Since 2005 it’s been Polini Italian Cup, but these races, organised by Moto Club Bergamo, could be a real European Championship of this class. So, the last race on Tazio Nuvolari circuit in Cervesina turned into a real international challenge. The weekend began on Saturday, was started by qualifying practices and a happy hour to celebrate the last race, and continued on Sunday, October the 9th, marked by the international presence of teams coming from Slovenia, Germany, Spain, Holland and Switzerland. This year, the course stretches from north to south and passed by the track of Latina, Ottobiano (PV), Viterbo, Pomposa (FE) and Cecina (LI). The races were rich in show, adrenalin, sudden changes and, most of all, passion for track races by scooter, with something new: the seasonal debut of one-brand bike Vespa Polini 171cc. Polini Italian Cup 2016 ended with the assignment of the prestigious national title of Scooter 70 Evolution, won by Filippo Corsi, official standard bearer of Polini Team; Julien Vitali stood out in Scooter Trophy 100 Big Evolution. These are the other national riders: Vespa 1714T, Matteo Tortosa; Scooter 70 Evolution Fans, Marko Mihael; Scooter 70 Evolution SuperSport, Mattia Calonaci; Vespa 135 Classic, Ivan Camera.
SCOOTER 70 EVOLUTION OPEN:
TIRAFERRI OUT, CORSI CHAMPION
On Race 1 starting grid, Vignone gets to the race leadership, before Penzo and Castellini. Overtakes among the three leading riders are numerous, Castellini manages to get the first position before Penzo. Filippo Corsi gets into the group and takes the second position. High pace and continual overtakes, the Dutch Roufs reaches the leading group, followed by Vignone, Corsi, Penzo and Castellini. On finish line Castellini sprints first, over Vignone and Corsi.
In Race 2 Castellini takes the leadership of the race, but soon is overtaken by Vignone and Penzo, who drag Corsi on their trail. At the end, Vignone wins, precedes Castellini and Corsi, who gets the national title 2016.
SCOOTER 70 AMATORI:
PLAY OF TRAILS
Since Mihael is already the class champion, attention is focused on the glory of the last race. Diego Falardi starts first in Race 1, chased by Cecchi Rocchetti and Bagattini. These three try to escape, but after a sequence of duels, that Bertini reaches, the final sprint awards Cecchi Rocchetti, before Bertini and Bagattini.
In Race 2, Grossi has a good sprint, followed by Falardi and Galbiati. Positions exchanges and hard brakes, Falardi takes control of race, before Grossi and Galbiati. Landucci recovers too, enters the leading group and grows the chaos. The victory goes to Falardi over Landucci and the surprising Raccagni.
VESPA 171 4T:
TORTOSA FIRST NATIONAL RIDER
From the first row, Alessandro Fabbri, Matteo Tortosa and Ivan Calce have a good sprint. In a few laps, the three make off over the group, that gives overtakings and emotions. Fabbri tries to resist Tortosa, who doesn’t sink, and keeps on putting pressure on the leader: on the last lap he is caught by a decided attack of Tortosa who wins and precedes Fabbri and Calce.
In Race 2, Fabbri starts first again, followed by Tortosa and Calce. At the end of a sequence of duels, the play of trails makes Fabbri win before Tortosa and Calce. Two results that allow Tortosa to take the national title.
SCOOTER 100 BIG EVOLUTION OPEN:
Starnone takes control of Race 1, followed by Rota and the Swiss Knecht. Starnone tries to distance everybody, but Knecht resists. Vitali follows in order to recover score in the championship by overtaking Rota. At finish line, the sequence is Starnone, Knecht and Vitali.
Starnone starts first even in Race 2, despite Knecht’s attacks. After some laps, Starnone is first, chased by Knecht. Behind, fight between Righetti, Morelli and Vitali, who gets the national title by ending on third place. The race is won by the extraordinary Starnone before Knecht.
TROFEO VESPA 135cc:
CAMERA WINS AND CONVINCES
In Race 1, Stefano Villa heads the group, followed by Camera and Piacentini. The Swiss Larcher returns too, who follows the trail of Camera. Cut and thrust between them and great final sprint, Camera is the winner, before Villa and Larcher.
In Race 2 Villa sprints and tries to force the pace. Camera and Larcher threaten him again. They attempt to make off, and Villa seems to be able to distance. But Camera replies and after some positions exchanges will manage to precede Villa and Larcher again. Two clear wins which pledge him the title.
SCOOTER 70 AMA SUPERSPORT:
CALONACI BY SCORE
Maione is the fastest rider on start of Race 1, followed by the Spanish Lazaro Ortega and Marco Lazzoni. Maione loses the leading group because of a contact, while the Slovene Koren emerges from the rear rows, comes to lead the race before the Spanish and the Slovene Martin Mihael, chased by the new class champion Marko Mihael. The pace is high and Marko Mihael tries to force but slides, and paves the way for his brother Martin, who will win before Botti and Lazaro Ortega.
In Race 2 Lazzoni starts first, followed by Lazaro Ortega and the German Mark Harder. Maione enters the fray too, eager to regain ground after the fall of Race 1, but he will be stopped by bad luck again. Mihael brothers and Botti still recover, this one joining the duel between Lazaro Ortega and Lazzoni. Martin Mihael comes before his brother Marko and Lazaro Ortega at photo-finish, the podium is all from Slovenia-Spain.