Eighteenth and nineteenth positions after two hard fought races in the final round of the FIM Supersport 300 world championship held at the Portimão circuit last weekend, were the reward for Troy Alberto who, after claiming a world championship point a week ago at Motorland Aragon in Spain.
Troy, in his second season of world championship competition was unlucky in the season finale to not add a considerable number of world championship points to his tally after two spirited rides that saw him involved in multi- rider battles in both thirteen lap encounters at the undulating and technically challenging Portuguese circuit.
Reflecting on the season Troy has shown much improvement, especially in qualifying and his race craft has seen him fighting on numerous occasions with the leading group.
Troy wants to thank the SKM squad, his personal sponsors and everyone involved with the running of the WorldSSP series as well as the fans with whom he has enjoyed speaking with and meeting during the Paddock Shows and Pit Walks throughout 2023.
Looking ahead, Troy will announce his 2024 plans in the coming weeks.
“We qualified in P16 which became P14 after some penalties for other rides. The first lap of race one was ok, I was battling in the points, but I could feel from early on that I was struggling a little bit for edge grip and just struggling a little bit with pace. I then got stuck in the second group after it split. Our group went to P13, and I ended up finishing P18. It wasn’t the result we were looking for especially as it was the last round, and especially after being in the points the week before in Spain but that’s how it goes sometimes. I felt really good in race two. We were in the battle with the first group and then it split a little bit, but I was still fighting for twelfth. I made some good overtakes and felt that I was being the most aggressive I’ve been all year. I was happy with my race, t’s just unfortunate that on the last lap I got pushed back out of the points again. I hope that I can come back next year as we made a big step and we showed a good pace, we just got a little unlucky sometimes. I also want to wish Pepe Osuna a speedy recovery after his race one crash. Finally, a big thanks to the team and all my sponsors for your support.”