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Sep 26, 2010

De Ridder Wins FIM e-Power International Race At Imola

Victory for Thijs de Ridder (Crystalyte) in Imola

Thomas Betti, first ever FIM e-Power International Champion

Thijs de Ridder (Crystalyte Europe) had no choice but to win in Imola in order to keep his chances of clinching the very first FIM e-Power International Championship intact. He wins the race after a six-lap duel with Matthias Himmelmann (Münch RT) on his Münch 2. Another Munch ridden by Stefano Scrocchi completes the podium ahead of Thomas Betti (Betti Moto).

This fourth-place was sufficient for Thomas Betti to maintain his leading position in the title chase. Thus, the Italian won the very first FIM e-Power International Championship title, leading Thijs de Ridder by one point. It needs mentioning however that the latter did not participate in the first race in Le Mans, won by Betti.

Thomas Betti and his father Luciano started off the race badly with a 20 seconds stop and go penalty for being late in the warm up lap. However, Christian Amendt's (Epo-Bike.de) withdrawal half race made that Thomas Betti won the title thanks to this fourth position.

FIM e-Power International Championship Imola Race

1. Thijs de Ridder (BEL/DR Motors/Crystalyte Europe.com) 1:40.898 (121,03 km/h)
2. Matthias Himmelmann (GER/Müch 2/Münch Team) at 0.703
3. Stefano Scrocchi (ITA/Münch Team) at 1:22.608
4. Thomas Betti (ITA/ Torpedine Evo/Betti Moto) at 1:45.887

Retired
Luciano Betti (ITA/Betti Moto Torpedine)
Christian Amendt (GER/Epo-Bike.de)

Fast lap
Matthias Himmelmann (GER/Müch 2/Münch Team) 2:25.533 (122,1 km/h)