Troy Alberto scored his first world championship point of the 2023 season after racing hard to fifteenth position in the third round of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship at the Catalunya circuit in Spain.
Consistently fast on Friday, Troy was put on the back foot on Saturday after a number of riders were riding irresponsibly resulting in the race direction calling an immediate halt to the sole qualifying session. When the session resumed, with a significant reduction to the time left, Troy was only able to complete one flying lap which put him twenty-first on the grid.
Saturday afternoon’s opening race ended with Troy crossing the line in fifteenth whilst Sunday’s race saw him battling within the lead group. He finished sixteenth.
Troy will now prepare for the German IDM championship race before returning to the world stage in Misano, Italy in a couple of weeks.
“On Saturday we had qualifying and race one. Qualifying was a bit strange as race direction stopped the session a few minutes after it had started because some riders had been riding irresponsibly. I wasn’t one of them, but it really messed things up. I only got one flying lap and that meant starting from P21. From the start I held my position but didn’t quite have the pace in the early stages and lost the front group. I finished in fifteenth and scored my first point of the season. On Sunday I finished sixteenth, one place lower than on Saturday but the race was much better. I made a good start and was able to latch on to the front group fighting for the top ten. I tried to make a move with a couple of laps to go but the front tyre was used up. I am looking forward to Misano and also to racing the first round of the German IDM series next week. I am happy enough as Catalunya was my toughest race last year and so to be competitive this time around gives me a lot of confidence for the future races.”