GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK rider, Sandro Cortese, heads into the Assen weekend determined to continue the run of form that has seen the WorldSBK rookie finish inside the top ten in all nine races held so far this season. The former Moto3 and reigning Supersport World Champion has a long history of racing in Assen, a circuit that he counts as one of the most beautiful on the WorldSBK calendar.
Having endured difficult weekends in Thailand and Aragon, Marco Melandri arrives in Assen determined to get his 2019 championship campaign back on track, at a circuit where he’s been a podium finisher previously. The Italian struggled to find a set-up on his R1 to inspire confidence in the previous two rounds but is confident that the technically challenging 4.542km Assen circuit will be better suited to the combination of the Yamaha R1 and his super smooth riding style.
The action gets underway at Assen with WorldSBK FP1 at 10.30 on Friday morning, with lights out for Race 1 at 14.00 on Saturday. The new for 2019 Sprint Race is at 11.00 on Sunday, with Race 2 rounding out the weekend’s activities at 14.00.