WSBK – Marco Melandri joined the factory team GRT WorldSBK Yamaha

WSBK – Marco Melandri joined the factory team GRT WorldSBK Yamaha

Марко Меландри вступил в заводскую команду GRT Yamaha WorldSBK

Another high-profile acknowledgement from Milan, EICMA-2018: Marco Melandri called the pilot factory Yamaha team GRT, which will be present in the Superbike World championship.

RACING.RU, November 8, 2018 – Dorna Sports has managed to find work for award-winning Italian in 2019 is good news for fans of “warm tube” drive mid-2000s.

GRT Yamaha, the French team with direct factory support, who became champion in World Supersport, thanks to the efforts of Lucas Masa in 2017, now comes in Superbike. The risk of losing one of the national flagships WorldSBK forced Dorna to find for Melandri and the team and sponsors. Dorna sincerely believes that the presence of Marco in WSBK will help to cheer up the Italian channel MediaSet, which broadcasts Superbikes and already extended his contract with the promoter for the next 3 years.

Dorna also insisted that part of the cost of maintaining Melandri took the current sponsor of the factory Yamaha team PATA. The other half is covered with Italian company Eni.

History of GRT joining Yamaha in the Premier class difficult. In July 2018 GRT Manager Filippo Conti said that the French team are technically ready to transition to a new level, the case remained for small – to collect the sponsorship pool and find a capable pilot. It was planned that that person will be Lucas, Maas. But the Vice-champion of the WSS failed to collect enough funds for the full season, and the team attitude. In the end, GRT Mas left Yamaha after the race in Qatar.

At the end of the season in Doha destiny Melandri remained unresolved, and only two days before the opening of the EICMA Milan Motorcycle-2018 Melandri’s Manager Alberto Vergani confirmed that all parties come to a mutually beneficial agreement. Under all the parties he had in mind – Melandri, himself, Dorna Sports, Yamaha and sponsors.

Who will partner Marco GRT is unknown, it may be the only pilot of the team, but 3rd in the championship with a direct factory support.

The official announcement is expected any day now.


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