The Kallio Racing Yamaha Supported WorldSSP squad, for whom Sandro Cortese was racing when he won the WorldSSP title in 2018, return for the new season with Thomas Gradinger, Isaac Viñales and Loris Cresson.
Also expanding for 2019 is the GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP team, who will field an all-French line up of Jules Cluzel and Corentin Perolari, while the Evan Bros. Bardahl Yamaha Supported WorldSSP team will also field a revised rider line up this season, with Federico Caricasulo signed to race alongside Randy Krummenacher. In the final preseason WorldSSP test in Australia, it was Krummenacher who dominated, topping the timesheet with an advantage of just two-tenths over his teammate, Caricasulo.
Cluzel was the first of the GMT94 Yamaha riders on the timesheet at the Phillip Island test. The Frenchman ended the two days in fourth position, just one-tenth ahead of his teammate Corentin Perolari in fifth. Gradinger was the fastest of the three Kallio Racing Yamaha riders at the final preseason test, which he ended in ninth position, ahead of Vinales in 12th and Cresson in 15th.
Krummenacher goes into this weekend’s opening round in Phillip Island determined to get his 2019 campaign off to a flying start. The Swiss rider finished on the podium in Australia 12 months ago but is confident that this season he is better prepared than ever to challenge for the championship from the start.
However, the Swiss rider will face tough competition at Phillip Island, in what is always a closely contested class. Cluzel, three times a WorldSSP Vice-Champion, heads into the weekend equally determined to secure maximum points in the opening race of the season.
The 2019 Supersport World Championship gets underway with free practice on Friday, with lights out for the first race of the season at 13.15 local time on Sunday.