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Sandro Cortese

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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Marco Melandri

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 in the hands of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes.

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 fourth 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, with the Yamaha riders claiming their first WorldSBK race wins during the season.

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GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

The 2019 season sees Yamaha Motor Europe increase its presence in the FIM Superbike World Championship, with additional support provided to the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team as they step up from WorldSSP to contest the premier production racing class for the first time. Former Moto3 and reigning Supersport World Champion, Sandro Cortese and former 250cc World Champion, Marc Melandri, will campaign YZF-R1 machines in GRT Yamaha colours in 2019.

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 seasons sees a major change as GRT Yamaha step up to contest the Superbike World Championship with Cortese and Melandri. Despite this being their debut season in the premier production class, the team can call upon a raft of experience. The GRT Yamaha WorldSBK 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 their debut in WorldSSP in 2016.

Yamaha Motor Europe will continue to retain full responsibility for racing strategy and technical development for 2019's collaboration, with GRT Yamaha's experienced and dedicated, technical racing personnel running the team's operation at each of the championship rounds.

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