PROJECT FIXED – 1st ROUND – RAVENS CRITERIUM – Facundo Lezica conquers the Ravenna’s stage of the Challenge

The T°RED Factory Racing Team Frigerio Viaggi again on the top of the podium in the  Ravens Criterium, challenging the new race format proposed by the promoters

Ravenna, May 19th 2018 – In the gorgeous location of Ravenna, at the historical centre of one of the most beautiful Italian cities, took place the first round of the Project Fixed championship: Sponsored by RedBull, it has seen important fixed gear teams both Italian as from other countries, reclaiming the first page of the “Resto del Carlino” newspaper.
The new race formula, brought in for the Ravens Criterium, borrows the Superbike Championsip format, two manches with separate podiums and winners of the round determinated by the sum of the points collected in the two stages.
In the A Category “Specialists” the T°RED Factory Racing Frigerio Viaggi lined up Marco Cecchinato, Piergiacomo Marcolina, Alex Verardo, and the Argentinian FacundoLezica, fresh Regional Lombardia Champion after the Biringhello race.
In the first manche the blue men quartet makes immediately a selection with Marcolina and Cecchinato breaking the group by strong accelerations on the straights that stress the opponents lead by Tincati and the ex-pro rider Nicola Ruffoni of Bardiani team. At four laps from the end, the Marcolina and Cecchinato attack produces the escape of Facundo Lezica followed by Tincani. In less than one lap, they put 10 seconds between them and the group controlled by Marcolina and an astounding Marco Cecchinato, ready to avoid any possible reaction attempt. Just a solitary action of the Team Bardiani Pro creates a trio leading the race at the last lap.
At the last turn Lezica surprises the other two and win alone at raised hands after a long sprint followed by Nicola Ruffoni, Andrea Tincani and Piergiacomo Marcolina.
In the “Cadets” race, a excellent Claudio Campi fought in the group until the end with a good result that gives a deserved place at the paralympic athlete in the Italian fixed Championship.
At the 6:30 pm takes place the second manche, where from the start Marco Cecchinato makes the pace beating the lap record of the first manche. Marcolina, slowed down by a contact at the start, is forced to chase the lead, leaving free the three in the front. Cecchinato and Verardo give everything to keep a high pace for the group and Facundo Lezica stays in control of his direct opponents in front position.
On the last lap, Andrea Tincati tries to escape but he’s controlled by Lezica who stays with him until the finish line, ending in the second position that allows him to be the winner of the final standings.
The exciting formula and a fantastic background at the Kennedy square in Ravenna, together with the splendid choreography set up by Project Fixed and Red Bull, granted big amusement to the numerous spectators, enjoying the race along all the city course, and to the 80 plus riders.
Facundo Lezica gains the Leader Jersey of the Project Fixed Championship, followed by Andrea Tincani
and Nicola Ruffoni, 5th e 7th place for Marco Cecchinato and Piergiacomo Marcolina, 12 Alex Verardo. The leader role of Lezica in the fixed gear championship grows stronger, showing the great buildup of the whole team T°RED Factory Racing Frigerio Viaggi.
Next appointment on Saturday, May 26th at the Vigorelli Velodrome in Milan for the Italian Championship race organized by Criterium Italia: For the first time we will be in the historical Velodrom Maspes Vigorelli of Milan with a series of fixed gear races valid for the general standings of the circuit.

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