Daytona 200 Winner Jason DiSalvo Looking Forward to Infineon

Jason_DiSalvo_at_Miller_Motorsports_parkIt’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.”

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AMA Pro Racing Responds to Daytona 200 Criticism

daytona-international-speedwayThe Daytona 200 clearly did not go off as planned, unless of course, the AMA purposefully scheduled a three hour break in the middle of the race. Issues with the front tire caused the AMA to red flag the race, send all the riders to the pits, and issue a mandatory front tire change.

This took close to three hours, and some people suggested that the race restart may have been delayed in order to allow Jason DiSalvo and his team to finish work on their engine. This probably would have been a non-issue, but since DiSalvo ended up winning the race, some people are crying foul.

In Regard to Jason DiSalvo: Here’s a statement from the AMA:

“The length of the red flag was solely dictated by the time it took to safely address the tire problem. To that fact, AMA Pro would simply add that we are fiercely dedicated to treating all of our participating teams and manufacturers equally and fairly, and further, that the matter of our dwindling live TV time—the importance of putting our series in front of a live, prime-time audience—was also of great importance. There was no benefit to AMA Pro in a red track; only in a green one.”

The AMA also said that an AMA staffer was on hand during the entire rebuild of DiSalvo’s bike, and that Team Latus followed all rules and regulations.

So if there wasn’t any favoritism for Jason DiSalvo, how did changing 30+ tires take close to three hours?

In Regard to the Length of the Red Flag: The AMA says that the length of the red flag was “wholly and solely dictated by thejason_disalvo_wins_daytona_200amount of time it took to get each of the thirty-eight Daytona 200 competitors re-fitted with new-spec tires that were warmed long enough to be safely raced on. The downtime included the paddock’s attempts to comply with original instructions, the communication to the paddock of Dunlop’s revised assessment, the process of getting the entire field’s front rims re-fitted with new-spec rubber, and the time it took to safely warm new tires.”

In Regard to the 15 Lap Sprint: The AMA also addressed why the race was shortened to 15 laps. Going into the Daytona 200, most riders were told and expected to finish the race on the same front tire that they started the race with. After the red flag, it was decided that all riders could complete a 15 lap race safely, and that finishing the remaining 30 laps would require riders to change a front tire, which a few riders did not have.

Because of this, the AMA decided that the best option was to finish the Daytona 200 with a 15 lap sprint.

In Regard to Final Scoring: The AMA addressed the final lap, which saw one final red lap flag. A crash involving Dane Westby and Taylor Knapp caused the red flag to fly, milliseconds after the top five riders crossed the finish line. The AMA says that they scored the race correctly, but after reviewing footage, they have decided to address a penalty. Who will receive the penalty will be announced once the rider in question has been notified.

To Sum Up: The AMA tried to make the best of a bad situation. Every decision the AMA made was the right one. It’s just unfortunate that those decisions had to be made. There’s close to two months before the next AMA Pro Racing event, and you can bet that the AMA, Dunlop, and everyone at Laguna Seca will be working to make sure that the second round of the AMA goes off flawlessly.

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DiSalvo Wins Daytona 200 Thanks to Amazing Effort by Crew

jason_disalvo_wins_daytona_200The Daytona 200 is one of few AMA races that relies so heavily on the quick work of a team’s pit crew. When the Daytona 200 was shortened to a 15 lap sprint this weekend, some people complained that it was taking the pit crews out of the equation. Jason DiSalvo, who gave Ducati its first Daytona 200 this weekend, would argue otherwise.

“That was probably the greatest pit stop in motorcycle history,” DiSalvo said after the race.

So why was Team Latus Motors Ducati team’s effort such an impressive display of mechanical excellence? Because Team Latus did more than just swap out tires. During the delay, DiSalvo’s team changed out an entire engine.

The Daytona 200 was red flagged after riders were experiencing trouble with their front tires. The red flag was good news for DiSalvo who was having engine trouble. When DiSalvo returned to the pits, it was decided that for him to continue, they would have to swap the engine.

“It’s really unbelievable,” DiSalvo said. “Those guys worked so hard to get that bike put back together and ready to rock, on time to start. It’s just amazing. I’m almost a little bit speechless . I don’t think it has sunk in yet.”

When DiSalvo returned to the pits, he wasn’t sure if the AMA would let him continue. But the pit crew went to work anyway, just in case the AMA gave them the OK to re-enter the race. When the AMA gave them the go-ahead, the Latus Motors Ducati team was ready to go.

“I have to thank a couple people aside from the team,” DiSalvo said. “One is the AMA officials for letting us restart the race. I know there was some question about whether we would be able to restart, but when we were given the go-ahead…. I want to thank them for that. And again, the crew. It’s just unbelievable what they did.”

The 2011 Daytona 200 didn’t go off as planned, and riders weren’t required to make all of the scheduled pit stops. But that doesn’t mean that the hard work of the pit crews was taken out of the equation. If anything, DiSalvo won because of his team’s effort.

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Jason DiSalvo Wins the Daytona 200

Daytona_200_WinnersIt was a crazy race at the 2011 Daytona 200. But after multiple red flags, numerous crashes, and a delay of a few hours, Jason DiSalvo won the 70th running of the Daytona 200, giving Ducati their first victory at the historic race.

The race was red flagged on lap 27 after a few riders were having trouble with their front tires. All the riders were brought into the pits for a mandatory tire change. The delay was lengthened when Dunlop decided that all riders would need new tires.

The delay was welcomed by DiSalvo and his Ducati crew, who almost had to forfeit the race after engine issues. But with the lengthy delay, the Ducati crew went to work to get DiSalvo back on the track.

“It’s really unbelievable,” DiSalvo said. “My crew works so hard. Getting that bike to start on time and to just rock. It really just hasn’t sunk in yet.”

The Ducati team had to replace the engine entirely before DiSalvo was able to get back on the track. But with a new motor, DiSalvo set out to claim Ducati’s first ever Daytona 200 win.

When the race was restarted, the riders set out on a 15 lap sprint to finish the Daytona 200.

Throughout the second part of the Daytona 200, there were close to 10 riders riding within a second of one another. At the end, the top five riders were separated by .34 seconds.

Corey West looked like he was going to claim the Daytona 200 win, but a determined DiSalvo charged from the back to steal the win by .03 seconds.

Jake Zemke was able to hold off JD Beach for the final spot on the podium. Zemke, along with DiSalvo and West, were very impressed with the rookies performance.

“I want to commend JD Beach,” Zemke said. “For a rookie kid coming in here. He did a fantastic job. I just wanted to congratulate JD for doing a great job out there.”

The Daytona 200 started at 1:15 today. It ended close to 6. But the excitement of the final sprint made it all worth it.

Daytona 200 Results

  1. Jason DiSalvo
  2. Cory West
  3. Jake Zemke
  4. JD Beach
  5. Josh Herrin
  6. Dane Westby
  7. Taylor Knapp
  8. Tommy Aquino
  9. Bostjan Skubic
  10. Fernando Amantini

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2011 Daytona 200: Live Updates from the Speedway

Daytona_200The Daytona 200 is just a few minutes away. More than 30 riders will jump onto the Daytona International Speedway to take part in the 70th Daytona 200.

Jake Zemke will the lead the grid for the 57 lap race. Zemke took the pole position, and a Rolex watch, yesterday during the qualifying session. Zemke will be followed by Jason DiSalvo Danny Eslick, and JD Beach. Josh Herrin, won the Daytona 200 in 2010, will be starting from the back of the second row today.

The Daytona 200 started in 1937, when Ed Krentz rode an Indian on the old beach course to the first victory of this historic race.

The 70th Daytona 200 will get underway in just a few minutes.

And they’re off…

Lap 1: Pole sitter Danny Eslick hops off to an early lead, but by the end of lap 1 Josh Herrin has taken the lead.

Lap 2: About a dozen riders are grouped up at the front. Led by Zemke, DiSalvo, and Herrin.

Lap 3: Zemke, DiSalvo, and Herrin ride three wide across the line.

The top riders are lapping in the low 1’51s at about 170 miles per hour.

Four laps down, 53 more to go. The top 9 riders are separated by just over a second.

Zemke, Herrin, and DiSalvo continue to lead the way. Just two tenths of a second separate the top three, but no one can find their way past Zemke.

Lap 6: Josh Herrin overtakes Zemke at the horse shoe.

Top 10 riders: Herrin, Zemke, DiSalvo, Holden, Eslick, Beach, Aquino, West, Jacobsen, Westby, Beaubier.

Side by side the top riders race around the Daytona International Speedway, swapping spots at the top. Currently, DiSalvo leads the way ahead of Eslick and Herrin.

Lap 7: Four riders have held the lead so far: Herrin, Eslick, DiSalvo, and Zemke. Zemke is now sitting in fifth place.

Sportbike rookie JD Beach has been working up his way from the back. Beach is now in 5th, just .3 seconds behind the leader.

Lap 8: The top 8 riders are riding within four seconds of each other. Behind Jacobsen, there is a 10 second gap.

Jacobsen is off the track. Looks like he slid off at turn 1.

Eslick makes a huge move around the outside to move from fourth to first.

Lap 10: The top 5 riders are beginning to separate: Zemke, Herrin, DiSalvo, Eslick, Beach.

The pace has quickened. The top riders are now lapping in the 1’50s.

JD Beach closes in on 180 miles per hour through the speed traps. Beach sits in fourth place behind Zemke, Herrin, and Eslick.

13 raps down. The Sportbike riders are about 4 laps away from the first pit stop.

Jake Holden heads to the pits to put on some new tires. Looks like an unscheduled pit stop.

Lap 15: Zemke, Herrin, DiSalvo, Eslick, Beach.

Holden is back on the track, but lost some valuable time. Holden was riding as high in fifth and will now start working from the back of the pack.

The top five riders are all within a second of each other. The lead group has built a five second lead ahead of the rest of the rest of the pack.

Eslick makes another fantastic move to jump three spots and take the lead.

Lap 17: Eslick tops 180 mph through the speed traps.

Eslick heads to the pit. Eslick’s crew gets him out quick and he’s back on the track.

Zemke gets some fresh tires and gas and heads out onto the track.

The top riders shuffle as the Sportbike riders make their way in and out of the pits.

Beach is the final rider from the top five to step into the pits.

Lap 21: Zemke, DiSalvo, Herrin and Eslick regroup up at the front.

The top three riders are starting to hit slower traffic as they enter into lap 22.

35 laps to go. Zemke, Herrin, DiSalvo, Beach, Eslick.

Zemke, Herrin, and DiSalvo have separated from the rest of the group. The top three riders have 5 seconds ahead of JD Beach and Danny Eslick.

Eslick is down. Heading down the straightaway, Eslick lost control and slid along with his motorcycle a good 60 feet down the Daytona International Speedway. Eslick gets back on the bike, and heads over to pit row.

Lap 25: Zemke continues to lead the way as we head to the midway point.

JD Beach is slowly cutting down the gap, but still trails the top 3 by more than 5 seconds.

Jason DiSalvo has slowed down, coasting around the apron. Something went wrong with the Ducati, and he’ll had to the pits.

JD Beach moves into third place behind Zemke and Herrin.

There is a red flag. Doesn’t appear to be an accident. The red flag could be for a mandatory front tire change. All riders have headed into the pits for fresh tires and fuel. There will still be another pit stop before the end of the Daytona 200.

After 27 laps: Zemke, Herrin, DiSalvo, Beach, West, Aquino, Westby, Skubic, Knapp, Villa, Kash, Holden, Allison, Turner, Amantini, Beaubier.

The riders are still in the pits. There has been a mandatory front tire change on all of the motorcycles. When the race restarts, there will be 30 laps remaining.

The riders are heading back to the grid. The Daytona 200 should restart shortly.

Before the red flag, Ricky Orlando set the mileage record at the Daytona 200.

Safety concerns regarding the tires have halted the race. Dunlop is now looking at the front rims of all the motorcycles. There is an estimated restart time of 3:15.

The estimated start time is now 3:30. AMA officials have also announced that the remaining 30 laps will be shortened to 15. That means that the riders will not have to make another pit stop.

The start time has been pushed back to 3:45. There will be two warm-up laps before the Daytona 200 starts again.

The riders are just to embark on a two lap warm-up before they take the grid. Jake Zemke will be starting in the pole position, and will be followed by Josh Herrin, Jason DiSalvo, and JD Beach on the front row.

The riders have just started the warm-up laps. Dunlop will be on the scene after the race to answer questions, so stay tuned to All About Bikes to find out exactly what went wrong with the tires today.

The riders are now lined up on the grid and are waiting for the green light.


Two riders go down on turn one. One of the riders is Jason Farrell. The other rider was Russ Wikle. Barret Long also had trouble with some smoking with his bike.

And there is another red flag.

The riders are back in the pits, as teams recheck tires and officials check the track.

AMA officials are saying that some fluid spilled onto the starting grid, which may have contributed to the fall on turn 1. The crew is now cleaning up the pit row area.

The riders will complete one more warm-up lap before the Daytona 200 starts again.

The spill on the track came from Long’s bike. It’s unclear if Long will get back onto the grid. Farrell is also questionable for the restart.

The green flag waves. Riders will have one warm-up lap before the Daytona 200 restarts again.


A clean start sends DiSalvo, Zemke, and Herrin off at the front of the pack.

Beach flies up the side to take the lead at the end of lap 1.

Beach runs wide and gives the lead back to Herrin.

10 riders are bunched up at the front, but all eyes are on the top four. DiSalvo, Zemke, Herrin, and Beach.

Dane Westby is thrown into the mix. Westby is in third behind Zemke and Herrin.

We’ve got riders flying up from the back. Holden jumps up to second. Westby drops back down to fourth.

The top 3 riders finish the third lap separated by .3 seconds.

Cory West makes a fantastic move to jump from 6th to second.

Zemke is still holding onto the lead, but just barely. Five riders crossed the line practically side by side.

11 laps to go: Zemke, Holden, West, Herrin, DiSalvo, Westby, Beach.

The top 9 riders are all lapping in the low 1’51s. Zemke crosses the line, holding onto the lead by .06 seconds.

Cory West makes a pass in the chicane and takes the lead. But on the straight away, he drops back down to fourth.

With 8 laps to go, Zemke’s lead drops down to .001 seconds ahead of Cory West.

West takes the lead again in the chicane, and is able to hold onto the lead this time during the straightaway.

6 laps left: West, Herrin, Zemke, Westby, Holden, Beach, DiSalvo.

8 riders are battling for the lead at the Daytona International Speedway. Herrin retakes the lead, followed by DiSalvo and Zemke.

The top three riders, Zemke, Herrin, and DiSalvo, just put in laps in the 1’50 range.

Jake Holden, who was riding in the top 5, suffered a mechanical problem and pulled his bike off of the track.

Beach moves up to third behind Herrin and Zemke.

The 8 rider pack at the front has dwindled down to five. Herrin, Zemke, Beach, West, and DiSalvo are separated by two tenths of a second.

DiSalvo just set the fastest lap time of the day. A 1’50.130 lap time put DiSalvo into fifth.

West jumps to second in the chicane.

Zemke just crossed with his biggest lead yet. Zemke is .3 seconds ahead of Westby.

The White flag is out, Josh Herrin takes the lead over Beach and Zemke.

The top five riders are within a tenth of a second of each other.

Corey West takes the lead.

DiSalvo chases West to the finish line.

Two riders go down and a red flag comes out.

DiSalvo crosses the line ahead of West by .03 seconds, but they are holding the final results for a moment.

Taylor Knapp and Dane Westby were the two riders who went down and caused the red flag. If the officials decide to revert to the last lap, Josh Herrin will be the Daytona 200 winner.

DiSalvo crossed the line first, but it looks like they’ll be giving the win to Josh Herrin, who was leading during the last completed lap. The unofficial results would give Herrin the race win, and put West and Zemke on the other two steps on the podium.

The results are in. DISALVO WINS THE DAYTONA 200. The AMA ruled that the top five finishers finished before the red flag was flown. DiSalvo wins the Daytona 200. Cory West and Jake Zemke will complete the podium.

That was one crazy ass Daytona 200. All About Bikes will have a race recap, rider interviews, and a report on the Dunlop tire situation shortly.

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