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Federico Caricasulo

Date of birth: 06-04-1996
Place of birth: Ravenna, Italy
Nationality: Italy

Italian Federico Caricasulo will join Mahias in the 2017 GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team for his fourth season within the production-based series, and his second in the FIM Supersport World Championship.

The Ravenna rider has so far accomplished eight podiums during the past three years, his most successful season coming in 2015 as he finished third in the European

Superstock 600 Championship by standing on the rostrum in four of the six races.

His 2016 debut in WorldSSP, at just 19 years of age, has already seen him achieve a second place finish in the season's opening race at Australia’s Phillip Island before claiming pole position during his home race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli later that year.

 

2017:5th Supersport World Championship

2016:9th Supersport World Championship

2015:3rd European Superstock 600 Championship

2014:5th Italian CIV Supersport Champion. European Superstock 600 Championship

2013:Italian CIV Superstock 600

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Lucas Mahias

Date of birth: 04-14-1989
Place of birth: Mont-de-Marsan, France
Nationality: France

The 2017 season saw 28-year-old French rider Lucas Mahias crowned the FIM Supersport World Champion after an incredible ear that saw him take two race wins and record further six podiums in just 12 races to clinch the title in a dramatic decider in Qatar. Mahias was no stranger to the WorldSBK paddock, having filled in for the injured Florian Marino in STK1000 for three races in 2016, incredibly winning two of them and finishing on the podium in the other to end the year in fourth overall despite not taking part in the other five races. He also completed three races in WorldSSP in 2015, recording one podium, before winning the title incredibly in his first full season in the class two years later and the winner of the 2016 FIM Endurance World Champion Rider's title returns in 2018 to defend his crown onboard the Yamaha YZF-R6.

2017:FIM Endurance World Championship, GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team / FIM Supersport World Champion, GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team

2017:FIM Endurance World Championship, GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team / FIM Supersport World Champion, GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team

2016:Riders FIM EWC Champion, Vice-champion FIM Endurance World Championship, GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team

2016:Riders FIM EWC Champion, Vice-champion FIM Endurance World Championship, GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team

2015:Replacement rider for Yamaha's STK1000 team, Champion France Supersport - 12/12 poles, 12/12 victories

2015:Replacement rider for Yamaha's STK1000 team, Champion France Supersport - 12/12 poles, 12/12 victories

2014:Replacement rider for GMT94, Champion France Suppersport

2014:Replacement rider for GMT94, Champion France Suppersport

2013:3rd IDM supersport class at the Lausitzring

2013:3rd IDM supersport class at the Lausitzring

2011:CEV Championship, Moto2 victory in Jerez, 1st in France Supersport in Moto 2 class in Le Mans

2011:CEV Championship, Moto2 victory in Jerez, 1st in France Supersport in Moto 2 class in Le Mans

2010:1st Pirelli 600 trophy

2010:1st Pirelli 600 trophy

2009:Vice-champion in France Endurance Championship

2009:Vice-champion in France Endurance Championship

2008:Vice-champion in the Michelin Power Cup

2008:Vice-champion in the Michelin Power Cup

HWorldSSP: YZF-R6

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The debut season for the all new 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 could not have gone any better! GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias enjoyed a sensational year to become the FIM Supersport World Champion, while his teammate Federico Caricasulo's strong season that saw him finish in fifth overall saw GRT lift the Team title as well. Yamaha also lifted the Manufacturer's title to completely dominate the class in 2017, and with Mahias returning to defend his crown alongside teammate Caricasulo, 2018 should be an even better season.

Mahias' championship victory meant that the Yamaha have been crowned champions in one of the most competitive classes around four times in the last 8 years, highlighting the sensational performance of the R6 in its various iterations. Completely restyled by Yamaha last year to give the 600cc Supersport World Championship bike a radical new look to match its racing ambitions. The new design was clearly inspired by the latest generation MotoGP and WorldSBK models - the M1-type central forced air intake, recessed LED twin headlights and new YZF-R1 style tail just being three examples - giving the bike an intense look that's instantly recognizable as being a member of the R-series family, while its own unique character still shines through. The WorldSSP Championship's regulations allow only very subtle alterations to the consumer bike's cylinder head, gearbox, rear shock, front fork, electronic system and brake disks creating a close symmetry between track and road, and a greater appreciation between racer and fan.

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GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team

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. The 2018 season sees Mahias return to defend his crown alongside teammate Caricasulo and also the addition of the GRT Yamaha Official Jnr Team, with 20-year-old Italian Alfonso Coppola competing in the European Supersport Cup.

Drawing on a raft of experience in world-class motorcycle racing, GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP 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 challenging in WorldSSP from 2016.

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