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LeoVince Motorcycle Racers Excel in Daytona

2011 Daytona Bike Week

LeoVince USA’s talented group of sponsored racers excelled in the AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Roadracing rounds during the legendary Daytona Bike Week.

They accounted for five top-five finishes in three different classes. In addition, freestyle rider Nick “Apex” Brocha took top honors at XDL’s Daytona round.

“Jersey” Jake Johnson rode to two top finishes in the AMA Pro Flat Track double-header aboard the LeoVince-equipped Zanotti Racing Honda CRF450R. He was on the podium with a hard fought third place finish in round one and just missed the box finishing fourth in round two.

LeoVince riders also tasted success on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway. AMA Pro Racing’s SuperSport class was also a double-header, and hot handed young gun James “Rocket” Rispoli earned third in race two on his Ant Racing/National Guard/Monster Energy Suzuki GSX-R600 and left Daytona second in points overall.

The bike, which is fitted with a LeoVince SBK Factory R Corsa system, also carried him to a seventh-place finish in race one.

James Rispoli (Suzuki GSX-R 600) says: “I put my head down and brought it home to a cheering crew, team and sponsors. It was awesome!”

JD “Jiggy-Dog” Beach brought home a strong fourth-place finish after an exceptional performance in the Daytona 200. Even in a race marred by a shortened distance, tire issues, a nearly two and a half hour red flag delay and an incredibly convoluted finish he showed he had the speed to win in the Pro Daytona SportBike class.

Beach competes on the Cycle World/Attack Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R, which benefited from the World Supersport developed LeoVince SBK Factory R Corsa system. “It was a great way to start the season, especially since it was my first time in the Daytona SportBike class,” says Beach.

JD Beach (Kawasaki ZX-6R) says: “It was nice to be able to ride up front with the other top competitors in the series, and to learn from them.”

That same LeoVince system helped propel Beach’s teammate Eric Bostrom, riding a Kawasaki ZX-10, to a finish of eighth in the SuperBike race after also suffering front tire issues throughout the high banks of Daytona’s famed racetrack.

With a new surface and limited engineering time to develop new tires for this greatly changed race surface many riders struggled throughout the weekend to find front tire grip.

In addition to racing, Daytona Bike Week also featured the first XDL freestyle competition of the 2011 season. LeoVince rider Nick “Apex” Brocha picked up where he left off last season and took first in the competitive Individual Freestyle category powered by his LeoVince Unlimited exhaust.

Nick Brocha says: “I won the last round of 2010, so it’s nice to continue things with another win. I hope I can continue getting top results this season so I can win the championship for LeoVince.”

To learn more about LeoVince, their exhaust systems, and their sponsored racers, email sales@leovinceusa.com or call 510-232-4040.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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