Stefano Alfonso

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Stefano Alfonso
Born (1968-01-10) 10 January 1968 (age 53)
Este, Italy
NationalityFlag of Italy.svg  Italy
Current club information
British leagueRetired
Career history
1996 Scottish Monarchs
1998 Edinburgh Monarchs
Individual honours
1995Continental Final (2nd)
1996 Italian Grand Prix (11th)
1988Italian National Champion

Stefano Alfonso (born 10 January 1968 in Este, Italy) was a speedway rider who raced for the Scottish Monarchs and Edinburgh Monarchs in the UK.

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Career Summary

After starting out as a MotoCross rider, Alfonso switched to speedway in 1992 at the age of 24.

In 1995 Alfonso finished second in both the Continental Semi Final in Lonigo and the Continental Final in Miskolc before finishing 15th out of 16 in the Grand Prix Challenge in Lonigo.

These performances were enough to get him noticed by British League clubs and he signed for the Scottish Monarchs for the 1996 season.

The highlight of Alfonso's career came during the 1996 season when he competed in the 1996 Italian Grand Prix, a meeting where he defeated the eventual 1996 World Champion, Billy Hamill.

An arm injury in June interrupted his British League season in 1996, and he only made a few more appearances before the end of the season.

Alfonso didn't return to the UK in 1997 after being banned from racing due to failing a drugs test at the Italian Championships in 1996.

After competing on the Continent during 1998, Alfonso returned to the UK with Edinburgh Monarchs near the end of the season. However, he didn't make the expected impact while competing on sub-standard, borrowed machinery and failed to return to the Monarchs after a return home for an Italian Championship meeting. His failure to complete the necessary 6 matches to gain a new league average saw him excluded from the 1999 team and he never raced in UK speedway again.

He continued to compete on the Continent, including racing in the Italian League in 2002, before a broken leg ended his career.

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References

Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN   0-7524-2402-5