The former world champion Supersport from Bavaria is in the predicate of replacing the world champion Moto2 in Marc VDS. Superbike is likely to return to Germany without German drivers at the start
Finished on the sidelines of Superbike, Sandro Cortese is now in the predicate of replacing World Champion Alex Marquez in Moto2, with the Marc VDS team. The fate of the German driver has had a strong shock in the last few days, as he was waiting for a response from Ten Kate, a Yamaha satellite formation that is still looking for money to deploy a second YZF-R1 in addition to Loris Baz. The withdrawal of Jorge Lorenzo and the promotion of Marquez Junior in the HRC team triggered a telluric movement that involved even the Superbike.
MERCI MONSIEUR ZARCO
Moving on from the intricate story of Johann Zarco, who in the Valencia weekend seemed the most logical candidate for replacing the world champion, after being excluded from the Honda plans and refusing the Avinta offer. The turn of the French opened its doors to Sandro Cortese. That at the Superbike debut was not at all slow, but paid a couple of ruinous crashes that prevented him from aspiring to the results the Bavarian of Calabrian origin was hoping for. Between Superbike with Ten Kate and Moto2 with one of the top teams in the category the difference is also in the engagement. The Dutch looking for a second guide on a zero parameter, while in Marc VDS Cortese would get a (relatively) substantial engagement.
SUPERBIKE WITHOUT GERMAN?
If Sandro manages to find an agreement with Marc VDS by returning to the World Championship, Ten Kate risks finding himself without a driver. Right now that, with the providential help of Yamaha Europe, he was (almost) able to formalize the supply of the second bike. The eventual return of Cortese in the GP creates a hole of a certain weight on the line-up of the Superbike 2020. Sandro in fact would have been the only German driver in a championship that has just announced the return to Germany, after a pause of two years.