Latus Motors Racing announced it will compete in the 2013 Daytona 200 with Jason DiSalvo, Elena Myers and Kenny Riedmann on the Triumph Daytona 675R.
DiSalvo should be considered one of the favorites for the Daytona 200. DiSalvo won the 2011 edition of the race on a Ducati 848 for Latus, and nearly did it again in 2012, finishing second on a Triumph Daytona 675R sporting a special livery in tribute to Gary Nixon. Amazingly, DiSalvo was just 0.048 seconds behind the winner Joey Pascarella despite having to make an early pit stop to replace his rear tire.
“I’m really happy to be back on the Latus Motors Racing team and can’t wait to get back to Daytona’s high banks,” said DiSalvo. “I’m especially excited about the opportunity to have Kenny and Elena as teammates. The past few seasons with Latus and Triumph have been awesome, and I’m so happy to continue this great relationship. We’re going to have some great racing.”
Also tasting victory at Daytona last year was Myers whose win in the second AMA Supersport race made her the first woman to win a professional motorsports race at Daytona International Speedway. Myers raced the previous few seasons on a Suzuki GSX-R600 but will make the switch to the Triumph in her first attempt at the Daytona 200.
“Words can’t describe how excited I am about this opportunity,” says Myers. “I’d like to give a huge thank you to George Latus, Jason DiSalvo, Roland and Kenny Riedmann, and Richard Harris for putting this together. Up until a few weeks ago I was without a ride and they all stepped up in a big way to make this come together. The Triumph is phenomenal and I’m really looking forward to running it in the Daytona 200 and Daytona SportBike class.”
Riedmann is an accomplished racer from Canada who raced a partial AMA Daytona Sportbike season in 2012. Riedmann is a top-five finisher in the Canadian Superbike Championship‘s Pro Sportbike class.
“The competition in Daytona SportBike is fantastic and I’m really looking forward to focusing my efforts on this series with the Triumph,” says Riedmann. “I’m grateful to be one of the few Canadians that have the opportunity to run a full season in AMA Pro Road Racing.”
The team will ride on Castrol-backed Triumph Daytona 675R racebikes prepared by Riedmann Racing, a team run by Riedmann’s father Roland. The team will run on 2012 models in the Daytona 200 while preparing the updated 2013 model for use in the rest of the 2013 AMA Pro Racing season.
“We’re really excited to enter our fifth season in the always competitive Go Pro Daytona Sportbike class,” says George Latus, owner of Latus Motors. “Jason’s produced some great rides for our team and I’m really looking forward to working with him again. We have made some changes in the team structure, bringing our engine building in-house under the direction of Mike Stegmann. Mike’s been with me for the past 12 years and he’s worked on everything from Top Fuel drag race bikes to our former AMA Pro Thunder program. Also joining us is Dale Zlock as our crew chief and chassis builder. Dale brings a wealth of experience to our program, and is a great asset to our team’s continued success.”
[Source: Latus Motors]