Alfonso Coppola

Alfonso Coppola will line up on the WorldSSP grid in 2018 after securing an official Yamaha ride as a reward for winning the inaugural Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge in the first ever FIM Supersport 300 World Championship in 2017. The 20-year-old Italian only just missed out on the overall WorldSSP300 title by one point in a dramatic end to the season after impressing throughout the year with one race win, three pole positions and a further six podiums. Having spent two seasons competing in the European Junior Cup beforehand (and securing two podiums along the way to finishing 2016 in fourth overall), Coppola is no stranger to the European tracks that the WorldSBK championship takes in and will now compete for the newly-formed GRT Yamaha Official Jnr Team in the European Supersport Cup that takes place during the European rounds of the full WorldSSP Championship.