WorldSBK riders display their culinary skills at Imola pre-event

Thursday, 7 May 2015 12:11 GMT

Kitchen combat as round 5 begins for a selection of leading riders.

Round 5 of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World championship, the Acerbis Italian round, got under way with a culinary challenge that saw current championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils), Sylvain Guintoli (PATA Honda World Superbike Team), Leon Camier (MV Agusta – Reparto Corse), Davide Giugliano ( Racing – Ducati SBK Team) and Michel Fabrizio, substitute rider for Althea Racing Team Ducati’s Nico Terol go head to head preparing traditional hand-made pasta, led by popular host Chef Valentino Marcattilii and his crew. The venue, the restaurant of the “San Domenico” Museum in downtown Imola is internationally renowned, serving world class food since 1970. Following a short demonstration on how the pasta dish should be prepared by Marcattilii, the riders were judged on their efforts by a jury comprising many well-known paddock personalities.

Anna Capella (Mediaset Italia Journalist), Stefano Saragoni (Motosprint magazine Director), Ernesto Marinelli (Ducati Superbike Project Director), and Federico Poggipollini, Singer and Guitarist decided that Michel Fabrizio was the winner of the challenge, awarding him 18 points out of a maximum 20. The Italian narrowly pipped Leon Camier to the victory before being awarded a specially commissioned piece of artwork that combined the best of WorldSBK racing and cooking. He went on to say: “It’s a great way to come back into the series with a win, but my mind is focused on the weekend ahead. It could be my only races of the year so I must do my best.”

The official event opening Press Conference is scheduled to take place at 1630 on stage in the Paddock Show.