GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK Team
The 2019 season sees Yamaha Motor Europe increase its presence in the FIM Superbike World Championship, with additional support provided to the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team as they step up from WorldSSP to contest the premier production racing class for the first time. Former Moto3 and reigning Supersport World Champion, Sandro Cortese and former 250cc World Champion, Marc Melandri, will campaign YZF-R1 machines in GRT Yamaha colours in 2019.
The 2017 season saw an incredible debut year for the 2017 YZF-R6, as GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team managed to complete the clean-sweep of titles in one of the most competitive classes on the planet. 28-year-old French rider Lucas Mahias took on all-comers to become the FIM Supersport World Champion, while his teammate Federico Caricasulo, race-winner in Thailand, finished the season in an encouraging fifth place as he also impressed on the new R6, and meant that GRT lifted the Team title and Yamaha claimed the Manufacturer's crown.
In 2018 Mahias and Caricasulo finished second and fifth in the championship respectively, having racked up eight pole positions, 12 podium finishes and four race wins between them over the course of the season. It was enough to secure GRT Yamaha the Team title for the second consecutive year and the results made a significant contribution to Yamaha again claiming the Manufacturer's crown.
The 2019 seasons sees a major change as GRT Yamaha step up to contest the Superbike World Championship with Cortese and Melandri. Despite this being their debut season in the premier production class, the team can call upon a raft of experience. The GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team boasts ex-125 and 250 Grand Prix World Championship rider Mirko Giansanti as its Sporting and Technical Director, with Filippo Conti alongside as Team Manager. Based in Central Italy just outside Terni, the team have progressed through national and European championships in recent years before their debut in WorldSSP in 2016.
Yamaha Motor Europe will continue to retain full responsibility for racing strategy and technical development for 2019's collaboration, with GRT Yamaha's experienced and dedicated, technical racing personnel running the team's operation at each of the championship rounds.
FIM WorldSBK World Championship
FIM Supersport World Championship Team Title
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