(born in Cesena
) is a professional motorcycle
racer currently competing in the Superbike World championship
He first started racing in 1996 at the age of 15 in the Italian 125 Sport class, winning the title two years later before moving up to 125GP in the Italian and European championships. In 2001
he moved to 250GP
but his season wasn’t a successful and he was forced to take a one-year break from racing in 2002.
2003 saw him racing for Rox Ducati in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. He lost out on the title by three points. In he moved to the Supersport World Championship
riding for Ducati Breil finishing the season in 5th place.
In Lanzi joined the Caracchi Ducati
team in the Superbike World Championship
. He had a poor start of the season and injury kept him out of two rounds. A series of 8 successive top ten finishes earned him a promotion at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz
round where he raced for the Xerox
sponsored Ducati factory team in place of the injured Régis Laconi
. He took pole position for the races. In race one he overshot the first corner and had to go down an escape road, seeing him cut several corners. He rejoined third, but had missed enough of the track to earn a ride-through penalty, dropping him down the field, although he fought back to 8th. However, in race 2 he took the win ahead of Chris Vermeulen
and Noriyuki Haga
. He got his 2nd superbike win at Magny-Cours
race 2 later that year.
His performance was enough to... Read More