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Federico Caricasulo

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

 

2019: 2nd Supersport World Championship

2018: 5th Supersport World Championship​​​​​​

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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Garrett Gerloff

Date of birth: 01/08/1995
Place of birth: Spring, Texas
Nationality: American

2019: MotoAmerica, Monster Energy Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team

2018: 31st, MotoAmerica Superbike Championship

2017 : MOTOAMERICA SUPERSPORT CHAMPION

2016: MOTOAMERICA SUPERSPORT CHAMPION

2015: 3rd, MotoAmerica Supersport Championship

2014: SUPERBIKE SHOOTOUT PRO SPORTBIKE CHAMPION, 5th, AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Championship

2013: 3rd, Daytona Sportbike Championship

2011: WERA 600 SUPERSTOCK EXPERT NATIONAL CHAMPION

2010: WERA 600 SUPERBIKE EXPERT NATIONAL CHAMPION

2009: USGPRU MORIWAKI 250 NATIONAL CHAMPION

2008: 8th, USGPRU 125cc Championship

WorldSBK - Yamaha YZF-R1

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The Yamaha YZF-R1 has proved itself on and off the track, claiming victory in the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race alongside the British and American Superbike Championship titles during the first year of its triumphant return to motorsports in 2015. The R1 has since gone on to make it four consecutive victories at Suzuka (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), plus also won the 2016/2017 FIM Endurance World Championship in the hands of the GMT94 Yamaha Official EWC Team. In 2018 the YZF-R1 secured three race wins in the FIM Superbike World Championship, with Michael van der Mark adding a fourth victory in 2019 when he took the race win in Jerez.

Replicating the production motorcycle, the WorldSBK-Spec YZF-R1 is adapted for World Championship competition by removing road-safety aspects such as headlights and wing-mirrors, replacing bodywork with racing items and allowing modifications to engine management, exhaust systems, suspension, brakes and a number of engine parts. Current regulations stipulate the bike must weigh a minimum of 168kg, with power ranging between 750cc and 1200cc, depending on the number of cylinders the engine contains, while the tuning of race machines is now subject to more limitations than in previous years due to the restriction of technical modifications.

Now in their fifth year back in the FIM Superbike World Championship, Yamaha has been showing the competition what makes them one of the most well respected and timeless names in motorsport. With consistent results and year on year improvements to form, the YZF-R1 earned six podiums in 2017 for the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team's Alex Lowes (4) and Michael van der Mark (2), establishing them as regular podium contenders by the end of the season.

A program of continual development saw the YZF-R1 even more competitive in 2018, securing 14 podium finishes in the hands of van der Mark (10) and Lowes (4), with both riders claiming their first WorldSBK race wins during the season. Van der Mark dominated the Donington Park round to win both races, while Lowes got the better of his teammate in Brno to claim a third win for the YZF-R1.

The podium count continued to climb in 2019, due in part to the arrival of three more Yamaha YZF-R1 machines on the WorldSBK grid, as GRT Yamaha stepped up to the premier class with Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese and Ten Kate Yamaha returned to competition with Loris Baz. Melandri made his mark early, finishing on the podium in the opening race in Australia and adding two more podium finishes at the Aragon round later in the season.

The Pata Yamaha pairing of Lowes and van der Mark were consistent front runners throughout the 2019 season, with the Briton racking up nine podium finishes to the Dutch rider's eight. Van der Mark also secured his third WorldSBK race win aboard the Pata Yamaha YZF-R1 in Jerez.

The 2020 WorldSBK grid will again feature five Yamaha YZF-R1 machines. Michael van der Mark will be joined at the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team by Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, with the Turkish rider having already impressed aboard the YZF-R1 during testing.

The GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team will feature two up and coming young riders in American Garrett Gerloff and Italian Federico Caricasulo, while the Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSBK Supported Team will once again field Frenchman Loris Baz aboard their YZF-R1.

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GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team

After a strong WorldSBK debut season in 2019, the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team head into 2020 with a new rider line-up to contest their second season in the premier production racing class.

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 season saw a major change as GRT Yamaha stepped up to contest the Superbike World Championship with reigning Supersport World Champion Sandro Cortese and veteran Marco Melandri, yielding two podium finishes for Melandri. With Yamaha Motor Europe retaining full responsibility for racing strategy and technical development for the collaboration, the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team brought in ex-125 and 250 Grand Prix World Championship rider Mirko Giansanti as its Sporting and Technical Director, with Filippo Conti alongside as Team Manager.

For 2020 the team’s name has changed to GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team in line with their role, acting as a gateway for young Yamaha riders graduating through the bLU cRU program to make the step to WorldSBK. For the new season they will field returnee Supersport rider Federico Caricasulo, stepping up from the WorldSSP grid, alongside double MotoAmerica Supersport champion and Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff, making his debut on the world stage. With YZF-R1 the team are hopeful of a strong second WorldSBK season in what will surely be a hotly-contested championship.

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