GREAT HARMONY AND ENTERTAINMENT IN VARANO FOR ALL THE RIDERS ON THE MOTO GUZZI V7 III BIKES. THE ONE-HOUR “MINI-ENDURANCE” RACE WAS WON BY THE ALIVERTI-GUARESCHI DUO. THEY SHARED THE PODIUM WITH THE GERMANS MÜNCHINGER-PFAUTSCH AND THE MANCINI-MACCAFERRO TEAM, THE SCOREBOARD LEADER. THE NEXT ROUND IS 18-19 MAY IN VALLELUNGA.
Varano de’ Melegari circuit (Parma, Italy), 14 April 2019 – Moto Guzzi has opened an important new chapter in its sporting history: the Varano racetrack near Parma hosted the opening race of the eagerly awaited Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance, a mono-brand trophy series offering bikers the opportunity to compete on a racetrack, in an atmosphere of great camaraderie and fun, with the Moto Guzzi V7 III, an intuitive motorcycle that is easy to handle.
And it was in true Guzzi biker spirit, sharing their passion with their friends, that the 34 riders forming the 17 teams on the starting grid, experienced the weekend: the timed heats that determined the starting grid were held on the Saturday, on a dry track, and were dominated by the Federico Aliverti – Vittoriano Guareschi team, competing as special guests at this first race, ahead of the Circuito Internazionale d’Abruzzo team with riders Riccardo Mancini and Nicola Maccaferro, and the Biker’s Island crew (Oreste Zaccarelli, Samuele Sardi).
Rights from the initial laps of the timed heats, all the riders, from novices to the most knowledgeable veterans, discovered (with no little surprise) the speed talents of the V7 III, confirmed by the impressive lap times of the teams. A time of 1’18”346 that attained the pole position, but the times of most of the teams, which came in between 1’20” and 1’24” (the average for the two riders). The race, held in rainy conditions, opened in spectacular fashion with a “Le Mans”-style start: the bikes lined up on one side of the track, and the riders running across from the other side to jump on and ride off.
Despite an unexceptional start, within a few laps the Guareschi team gained the lead, maintaining the position after the first rider change and through to the finishing line. Behind them, the runners-up were Tobias Münchinger and Sascha Pfautsch, another wild-card team for this first race and therefore not included in the championship rankings, who climbed back from fifth to second place. On the third place on the podium were Nicola Maccaferro and Riccardo Mancini, for the Circuito Internazionale d’Abruzzo team, who displayed their competitiveness throughout the weekend and left Varano at the top of the general scoreboard.
Despite the slippery track conditions caused by the rain, the Moto Guzzi V7 III equipped with the GCorse Racing Kit and Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp RS tyres proved fun to ride and easy for everyone to manage: there were very few falls, and they occurred in the first stages of the race, forcing the ChiMoto, Aquile Millenarie, Virgin Radio and Luporacing teams to withdraw.
The race scoreboard: 1 - (29) Aliverti-Guareschi (wild card), 2 - (37) Münchinger-Pfautsch (wild card), 3 - (76) Circuito Internazionale d’Abruzzo, 4 - (850) Moto Guzzi World Club, 5 - (93) Biker’s Island, 6 - (127) Guaracing Factory, 7 - (71) 598 Corse, 8 - (45) Spirit of 4.5 – PMR Moto, 9 - (12) Team Zard, 10 - (69) Fab Four Racing, 11 - (48) Team Proraso, 12 - (21) Canottieri Moto Guzzi, 13 - (57) The Clan.
A format for everyone: a classic atmosphere, a youthful spirit. The original format of the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy is perfect to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone, from racetrack novices to the most knowledgeable veteran. At each event, two timed heats are held on the Saturday, lasting 20 minutes for each rider. The average of the best times of the two riders determines their team’s position on the starting grid on the Sunday.
The start of the races harks back to the legendary endurance trials of the past, in “Le Mans” style: the bikes lined up on one side of the track, and the riders running across from the other side to jump on and ride off.
During the race, each rider has a time limit of 15 minutes + 2 consecutive laps. Given a race time of 60 minutes, this means there will be at least three rider changeovers, in the pitlane. Points are awarded to the first 15 teams to finish.
The next races will be held at Vallelunga (19 May), Magione (23 June) and Adria (1 September), with the final at Misano on 13 October. Registration to take part in a race is possible up to two weeks before the event, at a cost of 350 Euro per Team.
INFO. Keep up to date with the 2019 Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy on the Moto Guzzi website www.motoguzzi.com, and the website of Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (Italian Motorcycling Federation, ed.) www.federmoto.it.
The Moto Guzzi V7 III with the Racing Kit developed by the Guareschi brothers and special Pirelli tyres. The Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone, a bike that has won plaudits from an extremely varied public thanks to its manageability and easy riding, was the perfect starting point for the development of a hugely enjoyable two-wheeler for the racetrack, which can be ridden by people with no previous racing experience.