It was a finale with spoils for Lorenzo Zanetti who, in the last race of the season at Qatar, took his sixth podium of the season, finishing third behind Kenan Sofuoglu and Kyle Smith, who took his first career win. The rider from Brescia stayed in the leading group throughout the race where he, world champion Sofuoglu and Frenchman Lucas Mahias switched places several times. His team mate, Nico Terol, finished sixth. In the overall standings Lorenzo Zanetti closes out the 2015 season in third place with 158 points ahead of teammate Jules Cluzel, injured at Jerez after accumulating 155 points.
It was a negative weekend in WSBK, where Leon Camier did not finish the two races after starting from the fifth row. In the overall standings the Brit closes out the year in thirteenth place.
In the meantime, at Schiranna the plans for 2016 have already been drafted: for the team the current structure will be reinforced by the addition of a few important resources from the Forward Racing technical staff, coming directly from MotoGP and managed by Giovanni Cuzari, who will take on the role of MV Agusta Reparto Corse Team Principal, working alongside Team Manager Andrea Quadranti.
MV Agusta’s decision will not be a partnership with Forward, but a true internal reinforcement of the Italian brand’s Racing Division with the goal of a future project with a broader spectrum.
In fact, it is no secret that, in view of the 2017 regulations, MV Agusta has set its sights directly on the top class, where the brand reached legendary status winning 75 championship titles (38 rider and 37 manufacturer), as mentioned by the CEO, Giovanni Castiglioni: “We continue to invest in racing because competition has a highly strategic value for our brand…We are victorious in WSS and growing in WSBK, but the goal for our future must be MotoGP”.
The addition of Giovanni Cuzari, a man with vast experience in MotoGP and Moto2, falls in line with this logic. He had this to say: “It is an honour and a privilege for me to work for one of the brands that has built the legend of motorcycling, and I am confident that I will be able to contribute to achieving the goals we have set for ourselves”.
In the coming weeks one of the fans’ most beloved Italian riders will also be added as a star tester: Marco Melandri. The rider from Ravenna, former 250 World Champion, will be helping the team develop the F4 RC in its 2016 configuration.