Superstock 1000 Imola, Race: Wildcard win for Matteo Ferrari

After the two wins scord by Markus Reiterberger at Aragon and Assen, at Imola Matteo Ferrari became the second rider to win a race in 2018 European Superstock 1000. Ferrari contested the round as a wildcard rider with Ducati Barni Racing and in the race he triumphed in front of Roberto Tamburini (second after starting 13th) and Maximilian Scheib. Just fifth place for Markus Reiterberger, who now leads the championship with just one point more than Tamburini (61 and 60).

FERRARI WINS – After starting from third row due to QP’s eighth place (on wet track), Ferrari joined immediately Maximilian ScheibFederico Sandi and Alessandro Delbianco in the leading group. Ferrari remained behind Scheib together with Sandi and Delbianco (who lost positions in the middle part of the race) and at the ninth of 14 laps he overtook Scheib and went to the lead. Ferrari then remained first till the end and so he scored his first win in Superstock 1000 at his fifth wildcard appearance in the championship.

COMEBACK TAMBU – Who finished second behind Ferrari is not Scheib, but Roberto Tamburini. The BMW Berclaz Racing rider started 13th after strugglin in wet Qualifying and then he recovered by overtakes and fast laps (inclusing the new lap record, 1’49.391) till joining the front group. There “Tambu” first overtook Reiterberger at Acque Minerali following a misatke made by the German and secondly, a couple of laps later, he passed Sandi at Variante Alta. Finally, Tamburini overtook Scheib on the external line at Tamburello and so he could finish second for the third time in three races.

THE REST – Behind Ferrari, Tamburini and Scheib, Federico Sandi finished fourth in front of Markus ReiterbergerFlorian MarinoLuca VitaliAndrea Mantovani, Alessandro Delbianco (who raced with a right collarbone fracture) and Samuele Cavalieri closed the top 10. 

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