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2018 WorldSSP Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto Spain - Jerez

27 November 2018

Productive End of Season Test in Jerez for the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

Productive End of Season Test in Jerez for the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team signed off the 2018 season with a positive and productive test at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. Sandro Cortese and Marco Melandri took advantage of the two days to test for the first time the YZF-R1 machines they'll campaign in GRT Yamaha WorldSBK colours next season.

For the GRT Yamaha team the Jerez test was a resounding success. The team will step up to the WorldSBK category for the first time in 2019, with reigning Supersport World champion Cortese racing alongside experienced campaigner Melandri.

The team's technical staff quickly got to grips with running the YZF-R1 machines with which they'll contest the 2019 Superbike World Championship, and the same was true of the two riders.

Melandri was quick to build confidence and pace with the YZF-R1, a bike he hasn't raced since 2011, while Cortese impressed with the speed with which he adapted to the WorldSBK machine, having spent the previous seasons racing middleweight 600cc bikes.

The GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team will return to action early in 2019, with preseason testing getting underway in Jerez on 23rd January.

Interviewed: Sandro Cortese

"I am really pleased with my first WorldSBK test with the new team and with the Yamaha YZF-R1. It was a special experience for me because I've never raced a superbike before, but I think we made a big step over these two days and I now have a much better understanding of how to race this bike. Of course, I'm still facing a steep learning curve, and I also need to prepare my body for the demands of racing this bigger bike, as I can feel it wasn't ready after two full days on track here! Now I understand how I have to work with this bike and I am really looking forward to returning to Jerez with the team in January."

Interviewed: Andrea Dosoli

"This has been a very positive test, from more than one perspective. The step up to WorldSBK by GRT Yamaha in 2019 is an important milestone in our project. It doubles the number of YZF-R1 machines on the grid but, more importantly, it underlines Yamaha's commitment to providing a progression path for young riders that stretches from national R3 championships all the way up to the FIM Superbike World Championship; a fundamental aim of our racing program. Bringing together Sandro and a rider as experienced as Marco at GRT Yamaha is already working well, with both team and riders impressing with how quickly they've adapted to this new challenge. It required a huge effort from everyone at Yamaha Motor Europe to realise this project, but already we can see those efforts paying dividends."

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