Lorenzo Baldassarri, former Grand Prix rider and Moto2 winner, was left with no prospects at the end of the 2021 season. his career this year by joining the Supersport grid. A discipline that has now been completely renewed with new regulations responsible for balancing the forces between motorcycles that are completely different but representative of the market. Yamaha’s supremacy seen thus far can be undermined in such a context. The reinforcement of a pilot of Baldassarri’s caliber will not be too much to defend it …
In addition, the Italian joins the squad that has won two of the last three WorldSSP titles. Lorenzo Baldassarric so joins the Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha team. The Italian structure wants to win again this season and be the first of the VR46 academy brings with it eight years of Moto2 experience, as well as a title, that of winner of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2011.
Baldassarria got a first glimpse of the WorldSSP during a test in Jerez in November with the team MV Agusta, but the Italian eventually signed with Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team for 2022. He races alongside the Hungarian Peter Sebestyen. The team topped the pilots’ crown in 2019 and 2020, but failed to reach the treble in 2021.
Baldassarria has competed in 134 Moto2 races with five wins to his name, including the first at Misano in 2016, as well as 12 podium finishes, including his first in Australia in 2015. in 2018, Baldassarria finished fifth, which turned out to be his best result in this championship, the final stage before MotoGP. He started 2019 with three wins in the first four races, but was unable to continue at that pace and dropped to seventh overall.
” I look forward to a new challenge in WorldSSP with the Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha Team and Yamaha » says the Italian. ” I am very happy and motivated, so I will prepare as best I can to be ready for the start of the season, scheduled for April 10. I want to thank the people who surround me and support me, as well as the team, who believe in me and gave me this opportunity. I am sure that I am a member of a very solid project with very professional people. My main goals are to give the best of myself, adapt to the category as quickly as possible and immediately get to the forefront. Can’t wait to get on the bike for testing and looking forward to the start of the season. “
A family atmosphere to get Lorenzo Baldassarri back on track
Fabio Evangelista, Evan Bros’ team principal, added:I am very pleased that I have finally completed the composition of the team. After “saying goodbye” to Steven Odendaal, whom I especially thank and with whom we fought for the title until the penultimate round, and Peter Sebestyen, in whom I have great confidence, we were able to finalize the agreement with Lorenzo “.
“I believe Lorenzo will form a very strong and very motivated duo with the whole team. I only got to know Lorenzo personally in the last few months and every day I appreciate him more and more. JI am sure that thanks to the family atmosphere that prevails within our team, he will once again be able to show his full potential. I would like to thank Yamaha Motor Europe, who helped us complete this project, and in particular Andrea Dosoli, with whom I have had a fantastic relationship for many years. “.
Nevertheless Yamaha wonders about this new regulation, which would not be beneficial for the R6 while giving pride of place to newcomers including the Ducati Panigale V2. The R6 will also have to contend with MV Agusta’s Triumph 765 and 800, alongside its old rival in the category, the Kawasaki ZX6R.