The season finale of the STK1000 Cup was already set to be a thriller with the season’s protagonists fighting a close battle all year. Raffaele De Rosa (Althea BMW Racing Team) gave a solid performance in Sunday’s race to finish in the top five to be crowned the winner of the 2016 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup.
Drama struck early on Sunday when Cup leader Leandro Mercado (Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team) broke down on the sighting lap. His team couldn’t get his Ducati restarted so the Argentinean was forced to watch from the sidelines.
The start of the race saw Roberto Tamburini (Nuova M2 Racing) lead into the first corner, while De Rosa got caught up with other riders in turn 2. Before long, Maximilian Scheib (GRAPHBIKES Easyrace SBK Team) shot to the front and didn’t stop until he crossed the finish line. Lucas Mahias (PATA Yamaha Official Stock Team) was the only rider to challenge the Chilean and a close battle ensued in the final lap of the race. Mahias stole the lead into the last corner before Scheib found drive coming out to just beat the Frenchman over the line.
Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) gave another solid performance to finish third ahead of early leader Roberto Tamburini who finished fourth. PATA Yamaha Official Stock Team’s Riccardo Russo finished in sixth ahead of seventh-placed Marco Faccani (Triple-M Racing). Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Junior Team) came home in eighth ahead of Kevin Calia (Nuova M2 Racing) in ninth, while his teammate Alessandro Nocco rounded out the top ten.
Andrea Mantovani (Guandalini Racing Team) crossed the line in P11 with Fabio Massei (Team Trasimeno) behind in P12. Wayne Tessels (MTM / HS Kawasaki) ended Sunday in P13, while Federico D’Annunzio (FDA Racing Team) finished in P14 and Danny Buchan (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) picked up the last point in P15.
Though De Rosa won the 2016 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, it wasn’t enough for BMW to take out the Manufacturers’ Award for the category. A great effort all year by the Ducati riders ensured the Italian manufacturer won the title.
Quotes from the top riders:
R. De Rosa (BMW): “Now I feel very good and I’m happy. I want to say thank you to all the guys in my team, my family and my personal trainer. During the race it was not easy, we gave it everything. When I saw that Mercado was out it wasn’t easy for me. I had to change my race strategy. I’m so happy and thank you!”
M.Scheib (BMW): “It was a very good race for me. We pushed a lot in the first part of the race and then the tyre dropped. It was difficult for me to continue with the same rhythm but also I pushed and I felt very comfortable with the bike. We worked a lot because we race in the European championship with different tyres and so with Pirelli the bike is completely different and we don’t have information with these tyres. Anyway all the team worked very well and it was a very good experience for us. Now we are thinking for next year to maybe be here in Superstock.”
L.Mahias (YAMAHA): “I’m very happy. It was an amazing race. It was difficult because I didn’t have much rear tyre grip and then the end of the race was crazy because I had a gap to the leader so I pushed over the final lap. The victory was not possible but I’m very happy, it’s good for me, my third race in Superstock 1000 and my third podium.”
T.Razgatlioglu (KAWASAKI): “Yesterday 17th position was very disappointing for me and I was hoping for top five or just to finish in a good way, but I didn’t expect to get on the podium. The race is always different and I’m very happy to finish on the podium in my last race.”
M.Scheib GRAPHBIKES Easyrace SBK Team
L.Mahias PATA Yamaha Official Stock Team (+0.089)
T.Razgatlioglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing (+7.276)