With no participants in the Superbike World Superbike queen class (Superbike and Supersport 600), Portugal will have two riders competing in the crowded and very tight Supersport 300 category when the World Championship for the Algarve International Autodrome (AIA) passed on the first weekend. Weekend of September.
Vasco Esturrado and Pedro Fragoso are the two Portuguese drivers who will compete and fight against the world opponents to find a place on the starting grid for the race of the category with the most drivers in the championship.
Vasco Esturrado marks the return of a pilot from the Algarve to the squad, succeeding Miguel Praia in this totally different challenge. With roots in Loulé and the Algarve speed 'school', Esturrado will make his first experience in the world championship platoon, relying on track knowledge and his latest domestic championship results to at least qualify for the race in a platoon where everyone's first goal is to get a place for the race, a task not always easy for many of the 60 or so riders expected on this championship return to the track.
Pedro Fragoso competed in the category in 2018 at the helm of a KTM RC390R with the colors of Miguel Oliveira's Fan Club, but in 2019 he will be on track at the helm of a Yamaha, who has successfully participated in the Swiss Cup R3, competition mono-brand with the Yamaha bike and where Fragoso is in every race one of the winners.