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Jason DiSalvo, Daytona SportBike Racer – Team M4 Suzuki
Up until about a month ago, Jason was even sure he would be racing this season. However that all changed when he landed his ride with Team M4 Suzuki. Now after the first round of the Daytona SuperBike Series he sits in third place with his first podium of the season. DiSalvo finished the 2008 Superbike season in third place overall. In his career, Jason has won races in the U.S. and overseas in Europe. He is a serious racer but also has a sense of humor as evidenced by his Mr. T impersonation last year.
Michael Barnes (Barney), Daytona SportBike Racer – GEICO Powersports RMR Buell Team
Barnes finished 27th at the Daytona 200. Barney is a veteran racer and has been racing for 21 years as a professional. He has raced for nearly 10 different teams all around the world and finished fifth in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. He won the AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT race at Topeka on a RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer Buell 1125R with teammate Shawn Higbee in their first race together. Barney was also part of the team’s third-place finish in the season-ending Moto-GT 8 Hours of Daytona.
Matt Smith, Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racer – Nitro Fish Ultimate Gear Suzuki
Matt Smith was the 2007 Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion. After three years of running his own team he has joined the Don Schumacher Racing Corporation. Matt is testing today in Georgia and preparing for the first race in at the NHRA Gatornationals. He will be competing in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The 17-event NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season begins March 13-15 at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
Ryan Villopoto, Supercross Racer – Monster Energy Kawasaki Team
In 2009, Ryan made the much anticipated move up to the 450 class and each race he has continued to improve and get more comfortable with the bike. He has placed third three times this season. In 2008, he earned his third consecutive AMA Motocross 250cc Championship, he also finished second in the AMA Supercross Lites East Region Championship. And if that wasn’t enough, he claimed the MX2 championship at the Motocross of Nations helping Team USA earn the team title for the third consecutive year.
Charlie Mullins, GNCC Racer – Team FMF Suzuki
Charlie Mullins won the GNCC season opener in Daytona Florida taking the holeshot and leading from start to finish. The prestigious race took place at the all-new River Ranch track. Charlie spent over a month in Florida training for the race. At the second GNCC Round in Georgia, Mullins finished fourth overall after starting in last place. His impressive charge was severely hampered when he caught his foot in a rut and twisted his ankle on lap two. In 2008, Team FMF Suzuki dominated the GNCC Series capturing 13 out of 13 podiums, 5 overall victories and sweeping the podium 2 separate times.
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