Smith wins, Morbidelli new Champion

Saturday, 19 October 2013 17:03 GMT
Smith wins, Morbidelli new Champion

Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia Kawasaki) has won the 2013 European Superstock 600 Championship title after finishing second in today's last race of the season. The youngster from Rome could have settled easily for third after the technical problem suffered by Christian Gamarino (Team Go Eleven Kawasaki) on the second lap, but he closed the gap on team mate Alessandro Nocco, passed him and even tried to take the lead in the closing stages.

Kyle Smith (Agro-on Racedays Honda) led from lights to flag to win the race after a blistering start from fourth place on the grid, in what was his third-ever STK600 round. Smith, who was born in England but has been living in Valencia since he was seven years old, can very well consider this one a victory on home soil.

Bastien Chesaux (EAB Ten Kate Junior Honda) got the better of Stefano Casalotti (VFT Racing) for fourth, after an intense battle with the Italian halfway through the race.