Kalinin and De la Vega to take on Kawasaki 400
As announcements for the 2018 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship grid are beginning to be released, GP Project team are the next to reveal their plans for the upcoming season as they sign two experienced riders to take on the new Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Following a successful debut season for the WorldSSP300 series, some new talents shone through as the fight for the title heads into 2018. Both riding a Yamaha in 2017, Mykyta Kalinin and Enzo de la Vega make the switch to the green machines for 2018, taking on the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 with GP Project Team.
Mykyta Kalinin, who made his debut in European racing last season, secured a top ten finish in the World Championship standings, and was able to take a hard fought podium finish around the technical Imola circuit. The Ukrainian rider is delighted to have secured a ride: "I'm happy to start this new adventure with Kawasaki and the GP Project team, team with a lot of experience at international level and in the CIV. In addition, Kawasaki will release a new bike for 2018 and I cannot wait to ride it. 2018 will be my second year in WorldSSP300 and I will face it with a new bike and a new team, who I hope to continue with grow and improve race after race. In 2017 I got on the podium at Imola and I finished in the top 10 in the championship, in 2018 I will give 200% to get even more. It will not be easy, but we will work for reach our goal. Italy is my second home and I cannot wait to meet the whole team. In January I will go to Spain to train, with the team we have studied a test plan that I have allows you to arrive prepared for the first race."
Frenchman Enzo De la Vega had a mixed season in 2017, but was able to learn a lot and secure four points scoring finishes throughout the season: "I am very happy to be part of the GP Project team and I will have to get to know Kawasaki Ninja 400, a new bike, but Kawasaki has already shown that they can compete in WorldSSP300 and I'm sure we'll be competitive. I cannot wait for the first tests and get to know the bike and the members of the team. "
Alessio Altai, GP Project Team Manager adds: "I am very happy with the choice made on the riders for the World Supersport 300. Both already have a year of experience behind them in this championship which is very important. We will be using the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 and we are sure that we will do very well. I would like to thank Kawasaki for the support and renewed trust, and all the sponsors who help us with this project."
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