CIV Mugello: Round 4 concludes today


Scarperia, 23rd June 2012 –  the fourth round of the 2012 Italian CIV championship took place this afternoon at the Mugello circuit, with racing across seven categories. There is more track action tomorrow with round 5, during which the Tuscan circuit will also be celebrating 38 years of racing. 

TODAY’S RACE RESULTS – today’s Supersport race was an unpredictable one. Four of the biggest Italian talents in the category definitely put on a show today. Ilario Dionisi, Stefano Cruciani and Roberto Tamburini were all fighting out for positions in the general standings while wildcard Massimo Roccoli was also there, on board the Yamaha of Team Yackhnich Motosport. Thanks to a perfect last lap, it was Roccoli who won out, returning to winning ways after four years. Just behind him was Roberto Tamburini (Honda) with Stefano Cruciani (Kawasaki Puccetti) just thousandths of a second behind him. Current Italian champion and championship leader Ilario Dionisi finished fourth.

The Stock 600 race lived up to expectations. Thirteen riders put on a great show, with many passes and much hard braking. Many pushed hard but, thanks to a pace that his rivals could not match, it was Riccardo Russo who triumphed. Two laps from the end, the Team Italia FMI rider pushed to the limit, taking a 30 metre advantage that allowed him to cross the line first and celebrate his third win of the season. Behind him were Gennaro Sabatino (Prorace Squadra Corse) and Nicola J. Morrentino (Elle 2 Ciatti), while Stefano Casalotti also closed top five.

Then there were the ‘Fantastic Four’ – not superheroes but the superchampions that characterized today’s Stock 1000 race. Ivan Goi, Alessio Corradi, Michele Magnoni and Alessio Velini also made a fast start and immediately built a lead. Ivan Goi (Ducati Barni Racing) won out, moving into second position out of Bucine and beating Magnoni to the line. On the final step of the podium was Alessio Velini, riding the BMW prepared by Team 2R Antonellini by Bargy while Alessio Corradi (Aprilia – Nuova M2) was the only one of the four to miss a podium finish.

The Superbike race was dominated by Ivan Clementi and Matteo Baiocco. The former, fast in practice with the BMW of Asia Competition started fast and build up an advantage over the current champion. The start/finish straight decided the race; Baiocco (Ducati – Team Barni) was able to get past his rival at the final Bucine corner but then had to cope with another attack by Clementi, who made the most of the German bike and the slipstream of his rival. Luca Conforti (Ducati – Barni) finished third, just beating Federico Sandi. Remo Castellarin made a good impression, finishing in the top five with the BMW.

Kevin Calia (Honda – Elle 2 Ciatti), had one goal, to make up as many points as possible to category leader Matteo Ferrari. He did just that, winning the Moto3 race ahead of the 14 year-old. The Honda San Carlo Junior Team rider still leads however, with three points to his advantage as he enteres round 5 tomorrow. First podium of the season for Stefano Valtulini, who saw the fruit of the work carried out in practice. The young rider with Team Imperiali Racing could be a protagonist from now until the end of the season. Behind him Andrea Locatelli, followed by Michael Coletti and Federico Fuligni.

With today’s win, Riccardo Moretti returned to his role as protagonist in the 125 Gp. He rode a perfect race, closing with more than four seconds advantage over his closest rival. Lorenzo Dalla Porta closed second. The Aprilia man, riding with Team O.R. by 2B Corse Zack M didn’t win but took his fourth consecutive podium (three second places and a win) which keeps him at the top of the standings. Third position and a first CIV podium for youngster Simone Mazzola. Riding the Aprilia with Team GT Racing Publisport, he did well to finish ahead of the more experienced Cristiano Carpi and Andrea Mantovani.

As expected, the Moto2 win went to current champion Alessandro Andreozzi. Having already proved his pace in practice, he was first across the line today. More than 26 seconds advantage over his closest rival Ferruccio Lamborghini, who could not keep up and must now defend himself in the standings. Lamborghini knew it would be a hard race but only lost five points to his rival. Third place went to Ivano Pigliacelli.

FORMER CHAMPIONS MAKE LAPS OF HONOUR – tomorrow at Mugello there will be another ‘lap of honour’ event, on the back of the success of last year’s similar event which was thoroughly enjoyed by both the riders and the crowds. For this reason, the event will be repeated in 2012 at the Mugello track. On Sunday, in the break between the morning and afternoon racing, many famous faces, from Reggiani to Cadalora, from Mamola and Romboni to Lucchi, Pirovano and many other former top riders, will all take to the track “endurance-style”, to make some emotional laps (not a race!) and conjure up some nostalgia.

CIV ON TV – On Sunday live TV coverage will began at 11.30am on Nuvolari (ch. 144 Sky and Digital Terrestrial) with the Stock 600 and Stock 1000 races while on Sportitalia 2 (ch. 226 Sky and Digital Terrestrial) the Superbike, 125 Gp/Moto3 and Supersport/Moto2 races will kick off from 1.50pm.

USEFUL INFO – fifth round will get underway on Sunday, starting with the Stock 600 at 11.45am, followed by the other races. A combined field-paddock ticket will cost 20 euro (reduced rate 15 euro for under 18s, women and FMI card-holders, free entry for under 14s and residents of Scarperia)). By paying an additional 5 euro you can enjoy the racing from the grandstand, complete with giant screen.