Italian roads great Stefano Bonetti regained on Sunday the prestigious FIM European Hill Climb Championship title for 1000cc machines, after a successful venture at the Pieve Santo Stefano, Tuscany based Spino Hill Climb.
Widely regarded as Italy’s best closed roads exponent of the 21st century, ‘Bonny’s illustrious road racing CV alongside a North West 200 victory, top six TT finishes, finishing Senior Classic TT runner-up, Super Twin victories at Frohburg now also includes no less than three European Hill Climb titles over the past five years.
Photo by Nick Wheeler
Reflecting via Facebook about achieving another unique racing achievement, the Bergamo racer stated:
“After more than 10 years it was really exciting to go back to SPINO!!
Although the weather wasn’t merciful, fun and emotions didn’t miss and I managed to win the title of European Champione of category 1000
Many thanks to Cristian Tiraboschi for the help, MC Matulji Racing for the support and to all the sponsors.”
Bonetti’s next upcoming race outing sees him make take on another of his nation’s acclaimed hill climbs, the Isola Del Liri based time trial which like the Spino event mixes high speed with a picturesque back drop.
Words by Stevie Rial