Another American will join Moto2 as a wildcard entry at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, Round 11 of the MotoGP Championship, on Aug. 27-29.
Jason DiSalvo, who competed on a Triumph in World Supersport earlier this year, will compete on a FTR M210. The bike, which features the standard 600cc Honda engine and Dunlop tires, is built by GP Tech, a team managed by former racer Geoff Maloney.
Jason DiSalvo says: “It’s amazing what Geoff Maloney and the GP Tech team have accomplished in getting everything prepared in such little time, as the help from various people and organizations around the U.S. has been tremendous. I’m excited about being on Indy for the first time and hope to get up to speed fast on the FTR chassis and have a good result come Race Day.”
DiSalvo, 26, of Stafford, N.Y., will join two other Americans at Indy: wildcard entry Roger Lee Hayden and fulltime Jack & Jones by Antonio Banderas rider Kenny Noyes. Hayden, the brother of MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden and AMA Superbike rider Tommy Hayden, is competing on a Team Honda/Moriwaki entry managed by 1993 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz.
According to an Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release:
DiSalvo, much like 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, comes from a motorcycle racing family and started his career with a successful stint in flat-track racing on dirt. He won the 125cc amateur national championship in 1997 before moving to road racing on asphalt in 1998. He won the AMA Horizon Award as the most promising young road racer in America in 1999.
He made history in 1999 by competing in the 125cc class at the Rio Grand Prix in Brazil at age 15, the youngest American rider to ever race in a World Championship round. DiSalvo also made a start in the 250cc class at the Dutch TT in 2001.
DiSalvo has been a standout in American Motorcyclist Association Pro Racing since 2002, with five top-three finishes in the season standings in various classes. He finished second in AMA 250GP in 2002, second in AMA Superstock and third in AMA Supersport in 2005, third in AMA Formula Extreme and AMA Superstock in 2006 and third in AMA Superbike in 2008.
This year DiSalvo competed in a partial season with the ParkingGO BE1 Triumph team in World Supersport competition and returned to his roots in WERA competition, where he won the 125cc national championship in 1999.