STK1000: Mahias Flies French Flag with Magnificent Home Win
Lucas Mahias (Pata Yamaha Official Stock Team) won the penultimate race of STK1000 at Magny-Cours leaving his rivals 3.6 seconds behind in an impressive showing in just his second STK1000 race of 2016. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) fought an intense battle for second over the last laps with Cup contender Raffaele De Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team), who finished in third.
The stars of STK1000 took to a sunny, dry grid at Magny-Cours on Sunday, with Frenchman Lucas Mahias starting from pole. It was Nuova M2 Racing’s Roberto Tamburini who led into the first corner before De Rosa shot ahead with the Cup in mind. Just before the last corner of lap one, the unstoppable Lucas Mahias overtook De Rosa and wasn’t seen again.
Cup leader Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado (Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team) had a slow start from P6 on the grid, falling to eighth as riders all bunched into the first corner. In front the last five laps of the race saw a nail biting battle between Razgatlioglu and De Rosa for second, with the Ducati and Kawasaki constantly alternating in front at every corner. There were some near misses before the young Turkish rider crossed the finish line ahead of De Rosa, who now sits just seven points behind the overall cup leader heading into the last Round at Jerez.
Tamburini didn’t fall far behind after his short stint at the front, finishing the race in fourth place ahead of Frenchman Jeremy Guarnoni (Pedercini Racing) in fifth. Mercado eventually finished in seventh with teammate Rinaldi close behind in eighth.
Gregg Black from MTM / HS Kawasaki came home in ninth with Sebastien Suchet (Berclaz Racing by MotoXRacing) rounding out the top ten.
Andrea Mantovani (Guandalini Racing Yamaha) ended the Fassi French Round in P11 with Alessandro Nocco from Nuova M2 Racing in P12. Marco Faccani (Triple-M Racing) finished in P13, while Australian Bryan Starring (Agro-On-Benjan-Kawasaki) picked up a couple of points in P14 and Eric Vionnet (Motos Vionnet) stealing the last point in P15.
The FIM Superstock 1000 Cup heads to Jerez in mid October for the final round of the season where Leandro Mercado and Raffaele De Rosa will fight till the very last lap to be crowned Cup Champion.
Lucas Mahias Pata Yamaha Official Stock Team
Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing (+3.647)
Raffaele De Rosa Althea BMW Team (+3.949)
STK1000 Championship Standings Fassi French Round
Leandro Mercado Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team 111 points
Raffaele De Rosa Althea BMW Racing Team 104 points
Kevin Calia Nuova M2 Racing 77 points