Daytona Beach, Florida
In what can only be described as a wild and closely fought motorcycle race, privateer Jason DiSalvo and Team Latus Motors Racing took the new Ducati 848 EVO to victory in the 2011 Daytona 200, the EVO’s first professional road race.
The 2011 season opener at Daytona International Speedway had great potential for Ducati before the green flag even dropped, thanks to the 848EVO being the weapon of choice for the AMA Daytona Sportbike class.
The Daytona 200 had seven Ducati 848EVO entries, the most Ducati’s on the 200 miles of the high banks in over ten years. This win also represents a special win for Jason DiSalvo, his first in the historic 200 miler.
Jason DiSalvo says: I really want to thank the Latus Ducati guys for all of their work in the pits. I’m so happy I can give Ducati their first Daytona 200 win in my first race on the bike, and the 848EVO’s first ever AMA race! It’s a magical thing and I’m excited to fight for the championship as the season goes on."
DiSalvo’s victory in today’s race places him amongst legendary riders in Ducati’s long racing history. The EVO proved to be the middle-weight superbike which accomplished one of Ducati’s biggest wins in its U.S. racing history, and the company will now set sights on the season championship.
"I am proud of what Jason and Team Latus Motors Racing have accomplished today. I wish them the best for the rest of the season and cannot wait to see our latest model post more victories!" says Cristiano Silei, CEO of Ducati North America.
The next race for the 2011 AMA Daytona SporBike class will take place at California’s Infineon Raceway May 13-15.