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Title: Stefano Manzi makes the jump to Moto2 and is learning from The Doctor

Author: Myanna Wedes

Stefano Manzi has made the jump to Moto2 from Moto3 and is working hard to adjust in a reasonable time frame. Valentino Rossi has been overseeing the growth of Manzi, as Rossi wants to continue shaping the talent coming out of Italy. With a knee injury occurring during the off-season, Manzi is doing his best to be at 100% and also learn along the way even with a highly competitive teammate. Austin, Texas is going to be a great race for the Moto2 team because it is an event that allows a variety of manufactures a chance to win and claim a podium spot. The crowd is loud and the circuit itself a winner! Manzi is really excited about racing again even if his knee gives him a little grief. The adrenaline and excitement is bound to propel him forward.

  1. How would you describe the transition from Moto3 to Moto2?

Considering that due to the knee injury, I was forced to miss the most of the pre season, it was not an easy transition but I’m happy with my choice. I am 1.80m and, for sure, I am more comfortable on the Moto2 machine. Unfortunately, I was too tall for the Moto3 class and made the transition. I made a great job in the gym for being ready for this challenge: the weight of the bike is doubled, also the power and the race is longer than Moto3.

  1. What input has Valentino Rossi had in helping you to adjust to a different technology of bike in the Moto2 class?

He said to me: you have to keep concentrated and not rush! I have to improve step by step and he is always ready to give me the right motivation to give my best for finding the right confidence with the bike and the new category.

  1. Have you been watching your teammate Bagnaia closely in order to improve? 

Compared to me, Bagnaia is a step forward and also he has a bigger amount of experience in the Championship than me. I must say that sharing the garage with a very competitive rider is not a bad thing but can be really helpful. 

  1. Can you tell us about the work that goes on between you and the Sky VR46 team during a race weekend?

Being part of the Sky Racing Team VR46 is an honour and also an incredible opportunity for my growth path in the World Championship. We arrived at the circuit on Wednesday; Pablo is always with us and with Idalio Gavira – our coach on track. On our side, we have an incredible crew of professionals. On Thursday it is time for setting up the bike and media activities. Then on Friday and Saturday we are busy in the sessions, technical meetings, some interviews  – depends on the result of the free practices/qualifying sessions. Sunday is the most important day: the race day! You have to transform all your efforts and also the team efforts in to a good result.

  1. Do you feel any pressure racing for such a prestigious brand in the Moto2 class?

 Yes sure! I am part of an important team as the Sky Racing Team VR46 and also of the Academy. With two big names as Sky – the official broadcaster of MotoGP in Italy – and Valentino Rossi on our side, obviously you want to give always your best. At the same time, they did create the Team for helping the Italian talents of the two wheels, which means we can improve step by step. There is no rushing. We have pressure but it is a unique opportunity for showing our potential on track in front of the world.

  1. How do you adjust going from one track to another? Austin is quite challenging and fun, what are your thoughts on the circuit?

Honestly no. When we are at home we have our schedule to follow with the gym, riding at the Ranch, Misano tests and all the other stuff. It is the same every week. After the injury to the knee, I had to adjust my physical training for being fitter and now I am quite at 100%.

Credit: Sky Racing Team VR46 – Milagro​

Credit: Sky Racing Team VR46 – Milagro​

About The Author

Myanna Wedes

Myanna has an incredible grasp and knowledge of the sport in detail and continues to secure lead stories every week. She is in constant contact with team and rider media management. She is an admitted lawyer with two degrees and is currently writing a biography on Alan Jones MBE 1980 F1 World Champion. She is a fond lover of two wheel motorsport, predominantly MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.