R3 Blu Cru Challenge Riders March On To Misano

R3 bLU cRU Challenge Riders March on to MisanoThe Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge moves on to Misano for round five of the 2017 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship. The six young bLU cRU riders cannot wait to get back on track after Alfonso Coppola secured the Challenge’s first victory last time out at Donington Park.

The Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge is designed to provide a clear career path for young riders into the WorldSBK Championship and sees six riders battling it out in the WorldSSP300 class for 2017. The rider with the most points at the end of the season will get a chance to ride for an official Yamaha team in a higher class in 2018.

Currently it is Coppola who leads the way in the challenge after his incredible victory at Donington Park. The 19-year-old Italian enjoyed a great weekend in the UK, not only did he score his - and the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Challenge’s – maiden victory, but also secured the first pole position of his career. Coppola has been on an upward curve recently, finishing in third at Assen, second in Imola and then winning at Donington, which sees him second in the championship standings with 66 points, just two points behind the leader.

Robert Schotman also recorded his best result of the season as he crossed the line in sixth at Donington Park, which saw him jump to 12th overall in the championship standings with 17 points. The 18-year-old Dutch rider is another who has shown steady improvement throughout the season, and he heads to Misano confident of fighting for the podium.

Mykyta Kalinin unfortunately crashed out of the race in Donington after battling for the lead. The 18-year-old Ukrainian has shown good pace all season, demonstrated by his podium at Imola, and occupies 13th in the overall standings with 16 points.

Kimi Patova crossed the line in 21st at Donington Park after battling his way through the pack from 30th on the grid. The 15-year-old Finnish rider has five championship points and occupies 22nd in the overall standings.

Enzo De La Vega recorded his best finish of the season last time out by securing 17th, the 17-year-old French rider only just missing out on his first championship points. 15-year-old Brazilian Renzo Ferreira is another still in search of his first point-scoring finish after he crashed out of the race at Donington.

There will be a special announcement regarding the bLU cRU project at a press conference at 1pm on Friday at Misano, with the riders taking to the track for free practice at 11am. Qualifying starts at 11.30am on Saturday, with Sunday's 13-lap race scheduled for 14:20pm.