Italian Flat Track specialist Marco Belli won the FIM test meeting which was held in Lonigo in a warm Saturday afternoon.
He topped the main event after the qualifying heats dropping his only point to Fabrizio Vesprini in his first outing. He also won in style the semifinal 1 –he missed completely the gate- and went from third to first and the final after a tough battle for first position with British youngster Tom Wooley.
Belli said afterwards “I’m over the moon after this prestigious victory. I dedicate this win to myself and to my family who have supported me during my career”
The meeting saw a lot of overtakings in which was a real advertising for the sport.
One of the best races was heat number 3 in which eventual winner Belli came from third to first in a couple of laps.
The heat number 5 was also another race to remember for the fans. Vesprini and Belli battled elbow to elbow for a couple of laps.
Runner-up was hot prospect British Tom Wooley. He started the meeting with a third place, but then found extra speed and was one of the best entertainer of the night.
Third on the rostrum was Aidan Collins, the other British rider in the line-up. He collected three straight second places in the main event and also in his semifinal. He zipped from the gate in the final and seemed on his way to the victory, but was passed by Belli and Vesprini on the second bend of the second turn.
Also the last chance heat deserved be to mentioned. Hungarian rider Onodi Bejamin rocketed from the tapes and lead for a couple of laps. He then was passed by Lucarini and Scalabrin for the last places in the final.
Fabrizio Vesprini, one the pre-meeting favourite, finished the meeting just outside the rostrum places. He was leading at he halfway stage and was well in contention for a rostrum place before being passed by fellow countrymen Belli and British pack Wooley and Collins. He reported “I’m very disappointed because I gated well all the night. Unfortunately I missed the gate in the final and it proved costly. Anyway Belli, Wooley and Collins deserved the rostrum places”
1 BELLI MARCO ITA 20
2 WOOLEY TOMAS GB 17
3 COLLINS AIDAN GB 14
4 VESPRINI FABRIZIO ITA 12
5 MARZOTTO VITTORIO EMANUELE ITA 10
6 ANDREOTTI MASSIMILIANO ITA 8
7 SCALABRIN ALESSANDRO ITA 7
8 LUCARINI MAURIZIO ITA 5
9 CASTIGLIONI ALESSANDRO ITA 4
10 ONODI BENJAMIN H 3