Galang Hendra Pratama is one of the riders who arrives in World Supersport in 2020 from WorldSSP300, where he has competed for the last two full seasons. Born in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) 20 years ago, Galang began competing at seven years old in local mini-motorcycle and motocross championships before moving on to the speed competition in early 2010. After standing out in various national competitions, in 2015 he was recruited by Yamaha Indonesia to compete in the Asia Road Racing Championship, achieving ninth position of the general classification in its first campaign and fifth in his second year.
Thanks to his connection with Yamaha Indonesia and Yamaha Europe, Galang was able to travel to Italy in 2016 to train at the VR46 Academy of Valentino Rossi. That year he debuted in World Supersport 300 as a wildcard in Portimao. He could not finish the first race, but a year later his second chance came on the world stage, again as a wildcard, at the Jerez circuit, where he unexpectedly got his first win in the category. The Asian driver made history with that success by becoming the first Indonesian to win a race in a world championship. It was also the first time he ran at the Andalusian track and only the second time he competed in Europe. His performance opened the doors for him to compete full-time in WorldSSP300 with Yamaha Motoxracing Biblion in 2018, a campaign in which he added a victory, in Brno, and finished in 10th position of the general standings. Last year he remained in the lightweight category of the championship, again with Yamaha, and finished the season in 7th position. After two campaigns, Galang makes the leap to the intermediate category by joining the bLU cRU Yamaha WorldSSP team, where he forms a partnership with Frenchman Andy Verdoia.
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