3. Apr, 2019

WSBK Round 03 Motocard Aragon Round 05 - 07 Apr

Yamaha Riders Target the Podium as WorldSBK Lands in Europ

Photos Martina&Mario yamaha.com

With four podium finishes in the opening two rounds of the FIM Superbike World Championship, the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK and GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK riders head to Aragon this weekend, determined to carry the momentum into the first European race of the 2019 season.Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes heads into the Aragon weekend off the back of a confidence inspiring weekend last time out in Thailand. The 28-year-old Briton finished on the podium in all three races at the Chang International Circuit and is determined to add to his podium tally at the technically challenging 5.077km Aragon circuit this weekend.After three fourth place finishes in Thailand, Michael van der Mark has his sights set firmly on the podium this weekend in Spain. The 26-year-old Dutch rider was twice a top five finisher last year in Aragon, but heads into the third round of the FIM Superbike World Championship confident that he has the package necessary to fight for the podium in both the two feature races and Sunday morning’s 10-lap sprint race.
Marco Melandri finished on the podium on his debut for the GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK team in Phillip Island, but was left frustrated as he struggled to overcome stability issues last time out in Thailand. The veteran Italian is confident that he will have no such problems this weekend as he targets the podium in Aragon, a track he views as the most beautiful on the WorldSBK calendar and where he finished on the podium 12 months ago.

Aragon is a track that Sandro Cortese knows very well indeed. Not only did the German finish second at the circuit on his way to winning the Moto3 World Championship in 2012, he also took his first WorldSSP win at the track last year on his way to being crowned as the 2018 Supersport World Champion. While he knows the track intimately, this weekend will be Cortese’s first in Aragon aboard the Yamaha YZF-R1 but, after a strong start to this season in Australia and Phillip Island, the GRT Yamaha rider is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
The Yamaha riders will take to the track for Free Practice 1 at 10.30 on Friday morning, with Race 1 scheduled for 14.00 on Saturday, the Superpole Sprint Race at 11.00 on Sunday, followed by Race 2 at 14.00 the same afternoon.