Italian ace Corti set for Bennetts BSB debut with Team WD-40
December 19, 2018
GR Motosport Ltd and WD-40 Company are excited to announce that TEAM WD-40 will continue in the Bennetts British Superbike Championships for 2019 with former MotoGP contender Claudio Corti.
Corti known as ‘SHORTS’ to his fans will make his Bennetts British Superbike Championship debut next season on a Kawasaki as the Italian returns with GR Motosport.
The 31-year-old from Como, Italy made his debut in the British paddock with the Sheffield-based squad this year, on the STAUFF Quick Connect Academy ZX10RR learning the UK circuits and edging closer to the podium positions. A former European Superstock champion and MotoGP rider, the Italian contender is now keen to make his mark on the Superbike class.
GR Motosport extend their collaboration with high performance product WD-40 into an eighth season. The association has seen great highlights including a Motostar and Superstock titles before progressing into the premier Superbike class in 2014. Running Parallel to Team WD-40 Superbike, GR Motosport will continue to maintain their championship winning presence in the support categories, via the STAUFF Quick Connect Academy.
Corti said: “This is very exciting for me; I have raced in a lot of different championships around the world and there is something special about BSB. I have enjoyed the races this year with the team and I would like to thank Brent, Geoff, the team and everyone at WD-40 for the opportunity to race in BSB.
“It is so close in BSB; the competition is very high and I have seen that this year, but this is what I like and I am looking forward to race the new GR Motorsport Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10rr. It is going to be hard for sure, but I am in love with the challenge and I hope to make more people here in Italy love BSB too.”
David Whittome, Head of Marketing at WD-40, said “We are thrilled to be part of the BSB championship again next season, which we’ve seen really grow in importance to us over the years. To have Claudio as part of the team is fantastic! Claudio rode with the Team last season as part of the STAUFF Quick Connect Academy, He was the rider we most wanted due to his experience, ability and passion for winning.
Next season will be significant as we look to turbo charge the WD-40 brand in motorbike and, with Claudio in the hot seat aboard the Kawasaki ZX10RR, we know we’ve got a great chance of building on our Team WD-40 winning formula”.
Brent Gladwin, Managing Director of GR Motosport: – “We are absolutely delighted that we can announce our 2019 plans before the Christmas break. We developed a fantastic working relationship with Claudio this season as part of The STAUFF Quick Connect Academy program. We quickly built a great relationship as SHORTS became part of the Team, he really impressed us with his overall attitude, skill and desire to race. We now look forward to working together in the Superbike class and taking the next steps forward.
“I am also extremely happy and proud to announce our continued association with the WD-40 Company; it is one of the longest partnerships in the British Championship paddock and that is a testament to our work together on and off the track. WD-40’s continued collaboration with the Team and sport to promote their product not only in the UK, but to a global market proves the value we deliver. Together we are looking forward to delivering our best season in the championship in 2019.”
“We now look to finalising our exciting 2019 plans for the STAUFF Quick Connect Academy…”