Sandro Cortese steps up to the FIM Superbike World Championship with the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team in 2019 as the reigning Supersport World Champion, having dominated the series in his debut season campaigning a Yamaha YZF-R6 in the colours of Kallio Racing.
Cortese made his debut on the world stage in 2005, racing in the 125cc World Championship for the next seven seasons. He took his first Grand Prix win in 2011, the final year of the two-stroke GP machines as the championship switched to four-stroke Moto3 machines for the 2012 season. The switch proved positive for the German, who racked up five wins and 15 podiums about the 250cc, single-cylinder four-stroke machine to be crowned as the inaugural Moto3 World Champion at season's end. A step up to the Moto2 World Championship followed in 2014, with Cortese establishing himself as a regular points scoring finisher in the intermediate Grand Prix class.
In 2018 the 28-year-old made the switch to production racing, joining up with the Kallio Racing Team to contest the FIM Supersport World Championship aboard a Yamaha YZF-R6. Cortese made an immediate mark on the series, securing the first of eight podium finishes with third place in the opening round of the season in Phillip Island. With race wins in Aragon and Donington Park, Cortese was crowned as the 2018 Supersport World Champion at the final round of the season in Qatar, where he finished second in the race to fellow Yamaha rider, Lucas Mahias.
|Date of birth:||06-01-1990|
|Place of birth:||Ochsenhausen, Germany|
|Weight (kg)||63 kg|
|Hobbies:||Playing poker, Cooking piz|
|2019:||GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK Team, FIM WorldSBK Championship|
|2018:||WorldSSP World Champion, Kallio Racing|
|2017:||18th - Moto2 World Championship|
|2016:||15th - Moto2 World Championship|
|2015:||11th - Moto2 World Championship|
|2014:||9th - Moto2 World Championship|
|2013:||20th - Moto2 World Championship|
|2012:||Moto3 World Champion|
|2011:||4th - 125cc World Championship|
|2010:||7th - 125cc World Championship|
|2009:||6th - 125cc World Championship|
|2008:||8th - 125cc World Championship|
|2007:||14th - 125cc World Championship|
|2006:||17th - 125cc World Championship|
|2005:||26th - 125cc World Championship|