GP Project Team have completed their line-up for 2019 by signing Tomás Alonso. The young Portuguese will ride alongside Alexandra Pelikanova, Paolo Giacomini and Bruno Ieraci and the season starting from 5th to 7th April at Motorland Aragon will be his second one in Supersport 300 World Championship.
Born in 2002 in Loures (near Lisboa), Alonso stood out in his homecountry in 2017, when he participated in Oliveira Cup (series created by MotoGP rider Miguel Oliveira to launch Portuguese rising stars). Alonso won the title in MiniGP category by scoring three wins and three 2nd-place results in seven races and such achievements took him to Supersport 300 World Championship the year after. In 2018 Alonso faced his first season on the world stage on a Yamaha and the eight races that took place made him grow as a rider in a high-level championship. The experience gained in 2018 will be very helpful to Alonso, as the Portuguese will live his second season in WorldSSP300 on GP Project’s Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Since he’s just 16, Tomás Alonso will the youngest rider in GP Project’s 2019 line-up and our hope is that his growth will continue in the new season.
Tomás Alonso: “I’m looking forward to starting the championship. I’m confident and I think we’ll do a good job. GP Project are a good team and the good results they got last year definitely prove their skills. I want to give them the same results this year and I believe that this time everything will be easier for me, since I already have one year of experience in World Supersport 300. 2018 season was one of much learning and I hope that this year I’ll make some more progress.”
Alessio Altai (team manager GP Project): “We’re happy to announce that Tomás Alonso has joined our team. 2018 was his debut year in Supersport 300 World Championship and we’re very optimistic about this now partnership, because Tomás is just 16 and now he already knows World Supersport 300 circuits and the championship in general. He’ll need to get used to Kawasaki, since last year he rode a Yamaha, but we strongly believe that he’ll quickly bring it to speed and keep growing as a rider, also thanks to our crew. The goal we’ll try to reach with Alonso is to score points as often as we can. Our team for 2019 Supersport 300 World Championship is now complete and we’re looking forward to hitting the track for the first time this year.”