june 30, 2020 - Kawasaki Racing

Kawasaki Puccetti Racing prepares to return to the SS and SBK championships by taking part in the Italian CIV in Misano Adriatico

The long break owing to the Covid epidemic, one that saw sport the world over brought to a standstill, is now behind us and Kawasaki Puccetti #racing is defining its plans as it prepares for the Supersport and Superbike world championships, set to restart over the first weekend of August, at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain.

In preparing to return to the track, it comes as no surprise that Team Principal Manuel Puccetti has chosen the Italian CIV championship, the series where his sporting career began, first as a rider and then with his own team.

Kawasaki Puccetti #racing is pleased to confirm that it will take part in the second round of the CIV, scheduled to take place over the weekend of 25-26 July at the Misano World Circuit. Riders Lucas Mahias and Philipp Ottl will participate in the Supersport practices and races while Xavi Forés will compete as a wildcard in the Superbike category. In the 600 class, the two riders will ride Kawasaki ZX-6R bikes prepared in accordance with CIV regulations, while Forés will take to the track with the same bike he rides in the Superbike world championship.
The CIV series has always held a special place in the Italian manager's heart. As a rider, Manual raced in the Italian championship in 2000, while Kawasaki Puccetti #racing made its debut in the 2006 edition of the CIV, before remaining a permanent entry and a leading actor until 2016. Ten seasons as front runners, in which the squad clocked up numerous race wins as well as the Italian championship title, secured by Stefano Cruciani in 2013.

Manuel Puccetti: "I'm very pleased not only to be back competing in the CIV, but particularly because this participation represents our return to the tracks after the long, enforced break. It will be exciting to return to the Italian championship, a familiar environment for us all and one in which we grew and launched together with FMI the likes of Morbidelli, Nocco, Faccani and Rinaldi, as well as having won the Supersport title with Cruciani. I've never stopped following the CIV, a fantastic school and a great launch pad, especially for Moto3 and Supersport teams and riders. Our participation will serve as a tough training exercise ahead of the production-derived world championships that are soon to restart. Our riders have never stopped, training in the gym and on track, where Mahias and Ottl have used bikes supplied by our team, identical to those used in the world championship but prepared in a stock configuration".