It’s been more than a month since Jason DiSalvo took home the Daytona 200 trophy from the Daytona International Speedway, but the Ducati rider has been keeping himself busy. With his own racing school and the most recent AMA Racing testing session at Miller Motorsports Park, DiSalvo is ready to continue his campaign for the 2011 championship at the Infineon Raceway.
DiSalvo won the opening round of the AMA Pro Racing season, giving Ducati its first ever Daytona 200 victory. But DiSalvo won’t have that winning momentum in his corner next weekend, as round two of the series will take place two months after the opening event.
DiSalvo will, however, have a pretty quick machine on his side for the battle in Infineon on May 14th and 15th. DiSalvo showed his speed last weekend at Miller Motorsports Park during an official testing session for the AMA riders.
“We ended up on top of the pile at the end of the two days,” DiSalvo said. “For us, it was a really productive test. We worked a lot on the front end of the Ducati, and made a lot of headway.”
DiSalvo and the Ducati team were also able to get a better feel for the Dunlop spec tires which will be used in Sonoma next weekend.
“We’re going to be back on the spec tires, the Dunlop 211 GPAs. They’re American made tires for the series, and at Miller, we really tried to get acquainted with those spec tires since we didn’t run on them in Daytona,” DiSalvo said. “We really wanted to get a good grip on the spec tires because we’ll be running on them for the rest of the series.”
During the long break, DiSalvo also launched the DiSalvo Speed Academy, giving himself another opportunity to keep his skills sharp for the upcoming race.
“I’m glad I had the school going. At least I had that, it kept me going, kept me riding,” DiSalvo said. “I got to throw my leg over the bike a couple of times and keep up with my training.”
DiSalvo and Ducati were both thrilled with their Daytona 200 victory, but Jason knows that the Daytona 200 is no more important than any of the other races on the schedule.
“Daytona is a half points event,” DiSalvo said. “We’re going to go to Infineon and there is going to be twice as many points up for grabs. I’m really looking forward to Infineon. It’s the beginning of the grind. We’ve had our big break, and now it’s time to get back to racing.”
[Photo Courtesy of Brian J. Nelson]