International Italian MX series - Round 2  (Feb 8, 2016)

The second round of the ''International of Italy'' was held in Lamezia Terme this past weekend. A 'supercross' style track but with a good mixed surface of soil and sand, one that appeared to suit the pilots of the TM Factory Racing team.

In MX2 Samuele Bernardini did not show his full potential going to score tenth place on Qualifying.

At the start of the race Samuele was able to stage a great start and took the lead exiting the first turn, he held the lead for several laps and looked in control, but a small mistake cost him some time and he was passed. Now in second place Benardini worked hard to hold onto this position until the flag. The young Tuscan rider showed a big step forward is his physical conditioning and his track speed.

In the Elite race, MX1 and MX2 combined, Samuele has made a spectacular start by turning the first corner in the top positions in the midst of all the 450cc machines, unfortunately Bernardini came into contact with an opponent losing a lot of positions early on. Thanks to an exceptional comeback finished the Elite in tenth place.

The two riders in the 125 class demonstrated their determination during qualification, Lugana has earned a resounding third place and Manucci seventh.

At the start of race 1 Alessandro Manucci started very well running in second position, sadly Alessandro in still not in top physical condition, he had to work hard to pick up the pace and finished 4th. Paulo Lugana was not able to get a good start after contact, he recovered with excellent speed to the third position. An excellent run in the second race for Lugana again that, thanks to a good pace, seen him of finish fourth. Manucci managed a good sixth place.
With two good results Paulo Lugana climbs onto the third step of the podium at only his second outing aboard the official TM machine.

The next and last appointment with the International of Italy is in Ottobiano next week.

Marco Ricciardi commented on the race: "We are very happy with the race of Samuele, this is a good test in readiness for the first round of the World's. Even in the Elite he achieved a great result. Also good day for our young riders in the 125, Lugana took the podium and Manucci has achieved a good result, this is the right road and we continue to work."

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