2015 San Carlo Team Italia Team Italia Presentation
The presentation of San Carlo Team Italia for the 2015 season officially starts the celebration of the 30th anniversary from its foundation and the renewal, for the third consecutive year, of the successful partnership between the Italian Motorcycling Federation and San Carlo Gruppo Alimentare S.p.A.
United by the philosophy “Start from young people”, Team Italia shares with San Carlo values such as sacrifice, commitment to achieving the objectives and respect: essential elements that form successful riders and especially men and represent an all-Italian pride and typical Italian sport tradition. It is no coincidence that Team Italia has been at the forefront for 30 years, committed to bring up young talents: 3 World titles and 18 European titles represent a great success that still makes San Carlo Team Italia one of the institutions with the greatest history, tradition and success in the Italian Motorcycling.
Even at its 30th Anniversary, the peculiarity of the Team Italia project hasn’t changed: bringing up the best riders of the Italian motorcycle scenery, offering them all the means they need to develop new skills in both technical and agonistic training, with the best commitment and professionalism. Thanks to the support of its prestigious partners, for the 2015 season San Carlo Team Italia confirms its involvement in Moto3 World Championship, in European Superstock 600, in Supersport World Championship and in the multi-year project “San Carlo Talenti Azzurri FMI”.
Moto3 (FIM Moto3 World Championship), the growth path of the last few years will continue to be followed with Cristiano Migliorati, the new Sports Manager of the team. As Head of communication and public relations for the second year running, San Carlo Team Italia Moto3 will benefit of the contribution of Carlo Pernat. As one of the main author of the success achieved by the team in the last four years in European Superstock 600 and in Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, Migliorati will be supervising the two riders selected by San Carlo Team Italia for the 2015 season: the confirmed Matteo Ferrari (#12) and the newcomer Stefano Manzi (#29), both riding a Mahindra.
After two successful years 2013-2014 (two titles in two years, 10 victories and 16 podiums out of a total of 17 races), in European Superstock 600 Championship (FIM Europe Superstock 600 European Championship) San Carlo Team Italia confirms again, for the third consecutive year, the partnership with Team Puccetti Racing on a Kawasaki bike. Stefano Cruciani will also join the team as the new Sports Manager. As a rider with a well-known experience in “derived from standard production bikes” and a successful career, Cruciani will offer his experience to the two riders of San Carlo Team Italia STK600: the 3rd overall in 2014 European Championship Andrea Tucci (#44) and Michael Ruben Rinaldi (#21), who had already been a rider in Team Italia in Coppa Italia 125cc 2T, in Moto3 Italian Championship and in Moto3 World Championship at Le Mans last year.
The partnership between San Carlo Gruppo Alimentare S.p.A and the FMI will be extended in Supersport World Championship under the banner of the San Carlo Puccetti Racing with a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R entrusted to Marco Faccani, the 2014 European Superstock 600 champion with San Carlo Team Italia and who was the author of an encouraging start of season, last 22nd February at Phillip Island, reaching his first points for the championship. It has been continuing the five-years project (2012-2016) “San Carlo Talenti Azzurri FMI”, based on the research of young Italian riders (8-20 years). In the following weeks the name of the riders involved in the project will be revealed.
Paolo Sesti (FMI President) – “We share with San Carlo the intention of bringing our young riders up, in order to give them the chance to become winning riders and excellent professionals. I have faith that, in this 2015,in which we celebrate the 30 years of Team Italia, our riders will give us a lot of satisfaction and they will show once again the quality of San Carlo Team Italia project and of the policy to support young riders, that the FMI started some years ago”.
Alberto Vitaloni (San Carlo Gruppo Alimentare S.p.A. President) – “For the third consecutive year San Carlo chose to commit with the Italian Motorcycling Federation and Team Italia. It was a spontaneous decision, reached by the will of helping and supporting young Italian talents, always following our corporate philosophy, which has as its main purpose to promote physical activity, fair competition in all sports, as well as in motorcycling. We are proud to be part of this project, aimed at promoting Italian sport. The renewed commitment in Moto3 World Championship, in Supersport World Championship and in European Superstock 600 is just a little wedge of our project, which aims at supporting young Italian talents in all sort of sports”.
Carlo Pernat (Head of Communication) – “From my point of view, the 2015 season will be very important for the Italian motorcycling. This is the consequence of the good job, that has been carrying out by Team Italia since it got back to races, managing since 2011, to highlight those riders who come from that “reserve” which is the Federmoto, represented by minibikes and by national championships. Today the Italian motorcycling has reached a very high level and this will be an important season for our team: after the first years with appreciable results, now we have increased our structures technically but also in the personnel point of view. In Moto3 World Championship we will get out on track with two fast and talented riders: Matteo Ferrari could show what he’s capable of, while Stefano Manzi, even though he’s a newcomer, has a wide international experience and the knowledge of several tracks of the calendar. Our realistic objective remains the top 10, this would mean to highlight our two riders and to reach our goal. We have faith that we could have a positive season and then, as you all know, riders are strange people, but they are all brave: when they have the inspiration, everything can happen…”.
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager – San Carlo Team Italia Moto3) – “2015 represents for me a very important year: the fifth consecutive year with the Italian Motorcycling Federation and San Carlo Team Italia, but this time in a different context, the one of the “prototype” bikes. It’s a radical change, but at the same time it’s an incentive to continue the path of the last few years. The aim is to go with these young riders, preaching a fair, polite and, hopefully, successful motorcycling. We will try our best, we will take care very carefully of every single detail, always for the benefit of the riders. The objective is to get them to grow without any pressure, that’s why we will give our 100% to be in the top-10 and to help Matteo and Stefano in their growth path”.
Stefano Cruciani (Sports Manager – San Carlo Team Italia STK600) – “This year I will make my debut as Sports Manager of San Carlo Team Italia in European Superstock 600 Championship: it’s a big honor and a great pleasure for me to take part in this project. I’ll try to provide my experience to the riders and to the projects of the Italian Motorcycling Federation, in order to achieve prestigious results. After two winning years, in which we dominated the class, it won’t be easy to repeat it, but we will try our best. Our priority is to put the riders in the position to express their 100% and then we will take stock at the end of the season, but I am firmly convinced that we won’t be that far from the victory”.
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia Moto3 – Mahindra MGP3O #12) – “I am training everyday for the new season, especially riding a bike every weekend. This year I have been taking care of all the details very carefully, also being on a particular diet that has already yielded the expected results. We are excited to start the new season, and we will be ready to give our best to be in the top-10 every Sunday, reaching to be as regular as possible. My dream still remains the podium: it won’t be easy, but working hard, everything is possible”.
Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia Moto3 – Mahindra MGP3O #29) – “I am very happy to ride for such a prestigious team as San Carlo Team Italia and to continue defending the colors of the Italian Motorcycling Federation that supports me since my beginning with the Mini Bikes. I will make my debut in World Championship so my main objective will be to learn as much as I can: for a “rookie”, the first year is never easy, but I’ll try to achieve some good results over the season. I’m working hard and giving my best to reach this goal”.
Andrea Tucci (San Carlo Team Italia STK600 – Kawasaki ZX-6R #44) – “It’s such a big joy to have been confirmed in San Carlo Team Italia for the 2015 European Superstock 600 season. I’ll ride again in a very professional team, in which you always feel good and work harmoniously in the box. The Kawasaki is a good bike and the team is the reference in the class, so I’ll try to give my best because the objective is to win the championship”.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi (San Carlo Team Italia STK600 – Kawasaki ZX-6R #21) – “I am very happy to be back to Team Italia after my previous experience of 2011 and 2012 in Coppa Italia and in CIV, two years in which we won the Italian title Sport Production. I am very enthusiastic about riding for a team that have won the title for two consecutive years, inheriting the place of Franco Morbidelli and Marco Faccani who won the titles in the last two seasons. I don’t deny that my goal is to win the title, that’s because riding for San Carlo Team Italia in the European Superstock 600 it’s an unique chance. I am very motivated, in view of the debut I am training hard because I don’t want to disappoint anybody, especially myself. I’ll give my 100% in every single bend, in every single braking, in order to enjoy this amazing opportunity and to repeat the results of the previous riders”.
Marco Faccani (San Carlo Puccetti Racing WSS – Kawasaki ZX-6R #5) – “This year I will make my debut in Supersport World Championship and it won’t be an easy season at all, since I will have to learn almost the half of the tracks of the calendar. I hope to be able to realize an increasing season, at the beginning with the objective of achieving placements in the top-10, and later improving during the whole season”.