Becoming 2018 World Champion in his debut season in the FIM Supersport World Championship, German rider Sandro Cortese takes on a new challenge for 2019 as he steps up to WorldSBK with GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Supported Team.
Starting out in national German championships in 2003, Cortese ended his first season in the IDM in fourth position overall and made his first marks on the world stage in 2005 in the 125cc World Championship.
Spending seven seasons in the feeder championship, he was able to take his first victory in 2011 before the championship made the switch to Moto3™ in 2012. This proved to be a strong year for the German, and after a season-long fight he took the crown with five victories and 15 podiums. Moving into the Moto2™ class, the 28-year-old struggled in the class but was able to secure three podiums and was a regular point scoring finisher. Spending five seasons in the class, he moved over to Kallio Racing in WorldSSP for 2018 and immediately became one of the frontrunners achieving stunning results. Thanks to several podiums and two wins, Cortese became the newly crowned WorldSSP Champion.
Moving now to the top class aboard the Yamaha YZF R1 of the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Supported Team, 2019 will be a new challenge for the German star.