Rispoli to Defened Supersport Title With Celtic-Orient Express Racing

james_rispoliJames Rispoli is switching teams for the 2012 AMA Supersport season, but he isn’t switching goals. The “Rocket” will be aiming for the 2012 AMA Supersport Championship with the Celtic-Orient Express Racing Team.

Rispoli, who won the AMA Pro Supersport East Division, AMA Pro Supersport Overall, and Young Gun titles in 2011, could be tough to beat in 2012, especially know that he has Celtic in his corner. Celtic Racing has helped developed young talents like P.J. Jacobsen, Chaz Davies, Kenny Noyes, Michael Laverty, and Alistair Seeley.

“I am really excited to be working with Barry Gilsenan and the Celtic Racing team,” Rispoli said. “They’re known for working with young talent and helping to bring out the best in them. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and will be an awesome learning year for me. I now have the experienced crew and backing I need to excel and really put everything I have into each ride. I want to thank Barry and all the sponsors for this incredible opportunity, I can’t wait for the first test.”

Team owner Barry Gilsenan added:

“James put on an impressive display winning the championship in 2011 and I am very happy to have signed him for this year. He is young, talented and has a bright future in the sport. We look forward to working with James to defend his championship.

The Celtic Racing team will also have the added help of Orient Express. Orient has been a long-time supporter of the team but this year they have stepped up their efforts and will be a title sponsor.

“I am also delighted to announce our continued association with Orient Express, who has been a loyal supporter of our team for many years,” Gilsenan continued. “This year Orient Express has stepped up their support to become a co-title sponsor and I thank them for that.”

The Celtic-Orient Express Racing team will also be associated with Michael Jordan Motorsports recent expansion with the Army National Guard, and Fairhills Group entry Corey Alexander.

Skip Dowling of Orient Express added:

“We are pleased to again be working with Celtic Racing and especially excited to support two talented, up-and-coming young racers for 2012. These riders impressed us with their professionalism and success both on and off the track. We’re glad to be able to support the team with some of the best components on the planet. Being associated with the Army National Guard is an honor we will not take lightly and will strive to be worthy representatives.”

Motorcycle-Superstore.com To Offer AMA Supersport Class Big Reward Money

ama_supersportMotorcycle-Superstore.com is already the title sponsor of the AMA Supersport class. They also contribute a $25,000 points fund. The company has just announced that it will be throwing another $50,000 into the mix for a contingency program in the 2012 season.

Any rider who wears a Motorcycle-Superstore.com branded Bell helmets will be eligible for a payout at the end of each race depending on their performance.

“With our current title sponsorship of the SuperSport class, along with our funding of the $25,000 points fund, this new Rider Support Program simply provides an additional way for Motorcycle-Superstore.com to give back to the competitors,” explained Erick Barney, VP Marketing for Motorcycle-Superstore.com. “We are equally excited to be co-sponsoring this program with Bell Helmets, as we know Bell shares our same enthusiasm towards supporting the racers.”

A rider wearing a Motorcycle-Superstore.com branded Bell helmet will collect $600 at the end of a race win. 2nd place will take home $500 and the final spot on the podium will take home $400. (4th – $300. 5th – $250. 6th – $200. 7th – $150. 8th – $100.)

GoPro Named Official Sponsor of Daytona Sportbike Championship


The AMA Daytona Sportbike class has just received a new title sponsor. AMA Pro Racing and GoPro have signed a multi-year deal to make GoPro the official camera of the AMA as well as the title sponsor of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike class.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with GoPro and their very unique HD HERO product line of video cameras and accessories,” said David Atlas, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “This is especially important to AMA Pro in that it will open up a new dimension of video content for fans and will significantly elevate our ability to display to the public the very exciting and close racing which our special athletes perform with such exciting regularity.”


GoPro is the world leader in action photographer and has several cameras and mounts that are often used by professional racers. The cameras provide some great exciting video, but also give riders a chance to re-watch and races from various perspectives.

The AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike Championship will start in march at Daytona.

Nancy Sabater Wins 2011 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year Award

kids_motorcyclesJosh Hayes won the AMA Superbike championship this year, Danny Eslick won the Daytona Sportbike championship, and Ryan Villopoto won both the AMA Motocross and AMA Supercross championships this year. But none of the AMA champions had more impact on the motorcycling world than motorcycle activist Nancy Sabeter.

Sabeter was just awarded the AMA Motorcyclist of the year award. So who is Sabeter and why does she deserve the award? Sabeter was at the front of the grass roots organization that took down the motorcycle led law.

The led law would have banned the production of children’s motorcycles and ATVs. Sabeter’, along with several other organizations, convinced the US government to exempt motorcycles from the led law.

“A number of partners had a hand in our victory over this misguided law — the motorcycle industry, race promoters, parts distributors and others,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “But it’s Nancy and those like her — the individual enthusiasts — who truly put the rubber to the road, gave our cause a face in the crowd and brought this victory home. They were the most influential motorcyclists of 2011, and AMA member and grassroots activist Nancy Sabater is the AMA Motorcyclist of the Year for her stellar work on behalf of families and kids.”

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which was passed by congress in 2009, was created to safeguard children from harmful imported products. The language of the bill banned any product aimed at children under the age of twelve that had more than a trace amount of led. This meant that dirt bikes and ATVs would be banned for kids.

“This victory is something that demonstrates the fruits of our labors,” Sabater said. “Something really happened here. We effected change. We showed these kids that if you want something hard enough and you work hard enough, that you can get results. Who knows what battles we’ll fight next, in D.C., for the AMA, for the rights of motorcyclists? This was a victory on many levels.”

American PJ Jacobsen Heads Overseas for 2012 World Supersport

martin_jessopPJ Jacobsen will be racing on the world circuit in 2012. The young American rider will join the PTR Honda team to compete in the World Supersport Championship.

Jacobsen, who raced in the AMA Daytona Sportbike class in 2011, will get his ifrst taste of the PTR Honda during a private test in early January. Jacobsen will then join the rest of the World Supersport grid for further testing at Phillip Island before the opening round of the 2012 season on February 26th.

“I’m very excited about returning to Europe to race in the World Super Sport class with my new team PTR Honda. I have always loved riding Hondas, and the 600 in particular is a fantastic bike,” Jacobsen said. “I know the reputation of PTR and Parkalgar, and I am proud to have the opportunity to ride with such an excellent team on such an incredible bike. I feel that the timing of this move is perfect. My experience and training so far have opened up this path for me to follow. But also, I know that in many ways I’ll be starting from the beginning again.

“There will be new people, new tracks, and new styles. There will be a lot to learn, but I intend to be competitive straightaway. I’ll need to work very hard to achieve success for myself and for my team but I know that I will have the complete support of Simon and the entire team. Thanks to everyone on both sides of the Atlantic who made this deal happen. I can’t wait to head over to the UK to begin!”

Jacobsen will join British rider Martin Jessop, who signed with the PTR Honda team earlier this week.