Friday, December 10, 2010

AMA Road Racing: Jason DiSalvo Returns in '11 on Latus Ducati for Daytona SportBike Series


Aaron Yates on the #20 Yoshimura American Suzuki GSX-R1000 leads Jason DiSalvo on the #40 Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 during the running of the Repsol Lubricants AMA Superstock Series final at Mid Ohio in July of 2005. Yates went on to win the event over DiSalvo, as well as winning the 2005 AMA Superstock Championship that year by nine points, 323-314 over the Graves Yamaha team member. DiSalvo took one win on the season at Fontana in the 'superbike-lite' class and scored seven other podiums on the year. Yates took four other wins on the year and added three other podiums.
Double A-Ron's return to AMA Road Racing for the 2011 season still hinges on his healing and recovery period after his devastating crash in practice at Fontana back in March. Presumably the Jordan team is 'holding' him a spot, should he be able to return to action in the AMA Superbike Championship Series.
DiSalvo spent the first part of the 2010 season riding for the Triumph BE-1 ParkInGo team in the World Supersport Series, as a team mate to Chaz Davies, but never found the 'feel' of the bike to his liking, and falling out with the team after the Miller round at the end of May. The popular New Yorker was able to pick up a 'wild card' ride at the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP round in August riding in the Moto2 class, scoring an impressive top ten finish along the way. His return to AMA Road Racing with Latus Motors in the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Class for the 2011 season should be a good thing for the team (who ran Steve Rapp on their Ducati 848 in '10) as well as for his fans here in the States.

Latus Motors announced today that they have signed Jason DiSalvo, the former Graves Yamaha teamster who ran the first part of the 2010 season in the World Supersport Series, to a ride on the team's Ducati 848 for the upcoming AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike Series. DiSalvo, who put in quite the impressive ride at the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP round of the Moto2 Championship series, spent the better part of 2010 without a ride after splitting from the ParkInGo Triumph team in late May. For those of you familiar with the 'Latus' name, George Latus is a long-time sponsor of 2000 AMA Flat Track Grand National Champion Joe Kopp in the AMA Flat Track Series.

The addition (and/or return) of the diminutive New Yorker to the AMA Road Racing grid and paddock add some extra talent to the already 'talent-heavy' Daytona Sportbike Series. With numerous races last year in the underling series to the premier AMA Superbike Championship being decided by thousandths of a second-and one by the finish line camera-action in the DSB class is not lacking in it's second year in the series. Built on the premise of the 600 inline four cylinders, the Ducati 848 has proven to be a good weapon of choice in the class as well. Latus' rider Rapp scored numerous podiums, without a win in 2010, and Bobby Fong won one of the rounds on the popular twin. The class has proven to be a great 'mish-mash' of a combination of the old AMA 600 Supersport and Formula Xtreme Series, with multiple races being what this rider terms 'blanket' races. In other words, multiple riders running so closely together you could nearly toss a blanket over them.

Stu's Shots gives a nod of the helmet and a hearty 'welcome back' to Jason and is looking forward to seeing him mix it up again here in on U.S. terra firma. Welcome back man!

Thanks to Road Racing and Latus Motors for this press release on Jason DiSalvo's return to AMA Pro Road Racing for the 2011 season:

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