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Ten Kate Racing retain Stefano Manzi, add Glenn van Straalen for 2024 WorldSSP campaign

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Ten Kate Racing will field a revised rider line-up of Stefano Manzi and new signing Glenn van Straalen for the 2024 WorldSSP Championship, it has confirmed.

Champions in 2021 and 2022 with Dominique Aegerter, though unable to make it a trio after being comfortably out-performed by runaway 2023 WorldSSP title winner Nicolo Bulega, the Dutch squad was nevertheless one of only a handful of teams to win a race this season.

Each came courtesy of Manzi, whose four victories and 17 podiums were enough to ensure him the runners-up spot and earn him promotion to official factory Yamaha status in 2024.


“I’m happy and proud to become an official Yamaha rider," the Italian said. "It’s not something I take for granted, and it feels really good to extend the partnership.

"We will need to work very hard to achieve the results that we have set as our goals in 2024, as they are ambitious, but I’m confident that if we continue to work positively, as we did this year, we will hit our target.

"I want to thank Yamaha Motor Europe and Ten Kate Racing for their faith in me and the renewal of our partnership.”

Alongside the former Moto2 rider will be van Straalen, who will go double Dutch with Ten Kate Racing - the most successful WorldSSP team in the series' history with ten riders' titles - as he targets an improvement on the single podium he achieved at Assen.

"We can finally announce that I will be at the start of the World Supersport championship in 2024 with Ten Kate Racing. During the past two seasons I have shown my speed on a Yamaha, I am confident that with Ten Kate Racing's knowledge and experience I can go for a podium finish every weekend next season.

"That is ultimately our common goal, I'm looking forward tremendously to our first test. Besides Ten Kate Racing, my thanks also go to Yamaha Motor Europe and Branche BENELUX.

"Together with the people around me I will work hard in the coming winter to make this collaboration a success. With this announcement, we hope to attract interest from several more parties."

Team Manager Kervin Bos added: “We are extremely happy and proud to sign a Dutch talent. We are aware of Glenn's potential and that is also the main reason we have worked so hard on this. The importance for Dutch motorsport is great and we hope to set a trend for the future with this move.

"As indicated earlier, a lot has to happen to make this a reality. The contracts have been signed but both parties will need to dot the i's and cross the t's in the coming period. We hope to maximise our time for this in the run-up to our home race in Assen, the third weekend of April.

"We are extremely proud to be able to do this together with our partners and Dutch companies, we cannot wait for our team presentation where we will introduce our riders and present Ten Kate Racing's vision for the future. I expect we will surprise people with what our bike will look like."

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