Young Californian Anthony Alonso is heading to England to race in the final two rounds of the Monster Motostar Championship at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
Fourteen-year-old Alonso, who has already been racing for seven years, is looking to step up to the prestigious UK racing scene and is leading several championships in America’s WERA and AFM series. He hopes to increase his lead at Fontana Speedway in California the day before flying to the UK.
During his three-week stay in Europe he is also hoping to get the chance to qualify for the 2013 Red Bull Rookie series.
In a deal put together by Iain Hutton, who was behind the KTM Superduke Series at BSB and also the KTM 660 Cup at club level, Alonso will ride the Steve Patrickson Racing-prepared Honda RS125 which has been successfully campaigned in the championship by Bradley Ray.
While Ray is away contesting the Red Bull Rookies series, Anthony will step into his race boots and take on the UK’s best 125 riders at the iconic Silverstone and Brands Hatch race circuits.
With the support of long term USA sponsors Bay Area Riders Forum (BARF) and Evolution Motorcycles Anthony is really excited at the opportunity. “I am so excited I have not stopped thinking about it” said Alonso. “The idea came from our friend Iain, who thought of it while at the MotoGP race at Laguna Seca. My dad and I never thought it would become a reality. Thanks to Bud, BayAreaRidersForum.com, Evolution Motorcycles and Iain it is real.”
Although only young Alonso does not underestimate the size of the task ahead. He will be riding a more powerful version of the standard Honda RS 125 he is currently riding in the US championships, on circuits he’s never seen and on tyres he has never used. He also has to contend with the UK weather - not only is he used to 100°F temperatures, but he has only ever raced in the rain once...