WorldSSP: Ten Kate Racing are ‘really looking forward’ to the 2024 season
The Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing team have spent the past week in southern Spain. Stefano Manzi and new addition Glenn van Straalen spent two days at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto and two days at the Andalucía circuit in preparation for the World Supersport season.
The new look Pata Yamaha Ten Kate Racing team arrived at Jerez last week to take part in their first 2024 preseason test. After re-signing Stefano Manzi for this season and bringing in Glenn van Straalen the Dutch team are looking to regain the World Supersport title.
Stefano Manzi is moving into his second season with the Ten Kate squad in World Supersport and looks like the favourite for the 2024 World Supersport title.
Following on from his four days of testing the Italian rider had this to say ahead of the 2024 season: “After two great days at Jerez we have also had two very good days at the Andalucía circuit. The weather has been amazing throughout so we could do many laps and try a lot of things, that was very nice for both myself and the team.
“In general we have had two great tests so from here on it’s a matter of training in preparation of Phillip Island. There we will have two more test days before the 2024 season starts with the first race weekend of the year. I cannot wait to go to Australia.”
Glenn van Straalen has swapped teams but will still be on a Yamaha R1 in 2024, but this time with the Ten Kate squad. The Dutch rider has linked up with the Dutch team and will be eyeing up a good season after finishing 11th last season with the EAB Racing Team.
Ahead of his new journey with Ten Kate Racing van Straalen said: “We have had two good days at the Andalucía circuit and were able to build on what we did at Jerez. I feel more and more at home with the team and have a bit more confidence.
“I’m very happy with the speed we showed during these days and I think we can connect the dots in Australia. Then we’ll be ready to start the season, I’m really looking forward to it.”
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