Birthplace: Cannes (Fra)
Profession: Supersport rider …aspiring World Champion
The Sidi Sport stables seems to have found a new pilot to bet on for the future. Better yet, a riderwho in spite of his young age is already a sure bet for the present. Florian Marino just turned 21 and at first sight he immediately comes off as a bundle of energy and friendliness…but with courage, guts and determination to spare.
“I’m very happy, for now the 2014 season is giving me great thrills and enormous satisfaction. I was sure I could figure well in the championship this year. I felt I was ready to take that next quality leap. I can also count on a very fast and reliable motorbike that was made available to me from my team Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres. Until now in the first 5 races in the World Series I’ve obtained some really good results that have boosted my morale and given me confidence for the rest of the season.”
Florian Marino has enjoyed a quicksilver career: after his first appearances and victories in the Superstock600, in 2010 he made his debut in Supersport with Honda. In 2011 he became a lead pilot for Honda next to another speed great from the Sidi stables like Fabian Foret, closing out the World Series in 8th place. In 2012 he switched to British Superbike with Aprilia, but Florian wanted to ride in the Supersport world series and so he immediately returned, halfway through the season, thanks to the wild card offered him by Kawasaki. Kawasaki believed in him in 2013 as well; it was a faith which Florian repaid with the first podium of his career, 2nd place at Monza.
…the rest is recent history, with the young French rider’s rapid rise to success.
“At the Phillip Island season opener, in Australia, I immediately came in with a good 4th place and then in the three successive races I never left the podium; 3rd in Spain in the GP Aragon, 2nd at Assen in Holland, on one of the hardest and most fascinating circuits in the whole world, where I also had the satisfaction of scoring the first pole in my career, and then 3rd place again at Imola. Not a bad pace at all!”
“I held on to the lead in the World Series rankings for quite some time…beautiful, a dream come true. Now I’ve moved to 2nd place on the heels of the Dutchman Van der Mark, because in the last race held in the end of May, at Donington, I couldn’t get past 5th place. Last year this would have been an optimum result… but now I won’t settle for it, I know I can do more and I want to keep dreaming. This week-end we’re gearing up for another very challenging event, here at Sepang in Malesia. We’re almost at the halfway mark for the season, I don’t know how far I can go, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the moment and I’m continuing to work with determination, trying to make it as high as possible, taking on each race with everything I’ve got. After the podiums and the pole, my next goal is victory!”
“To make it to the top I know I can count on the support of Sidi Sport. With Sidi Vortice boots I felt great wearing them right away. They’re light, performing and comfortable; they practically contain all the traits a pilot looks for in a boot. They provide technology and performance but obviously they don’t sacrifice design. Thanks to the special white and green graphics Sidi designed just for me, I can sport a look that’s always perfectly appealing, coordinated with the colours of my Kawasaki. I couldn’t ask for anything more! This year for the first time I went to pay Sidi a visit. I met Dino Signori, owner and founder of Sidi, a man with great experience, extraordinary charisma and a knowing look; in just a few minutes with him I learned so many things about sports and life. It was really interesting to discover everything about the work and the people behind the production of my boots. When I make it up to that podium… well, it’s also thanks to them! Thanks, Sidi!”