DAINESE ATHLETES CELEBRATE TWO TRIPS TO THE PODIUM
28 March 2012 | News
Daytona, Florida. Defending Super Sport series champion James Rispoli claimed victory in the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport series opener at Daytona. The Dainese and AGV supported rider took the top spot on the box in a very close race that saw the top seven riders finish within a second of each other, with Rispoli eking out a victory by a mere 0.031. second..
“I got lucky with a lapper,” commented Rispoli. “He really just got me a super draft on the front. I snuck by him and went straight low and held in as tight as possible. I didn’t see anyone come around and I was screaming right through the checkered flag.” James leaves Daytona with a 5 point lead over second place as the series heads to Road Atlanta April 20th 2012.
After finishing 2nd place in the AMA Pro National Guard Super Bike race on Saturday Dainese D-air Supporter rider Blake Young put his head down and pulled off a hard fought victory in race #2 claiming victory by just 0.002 second. The race began with Young battling with Dainese newcomer and Super Bike rookie Josh Herrin. The veteran Young was able to shake Herrin and focus on the leader Josh Hayes, Hayes and Young would experiment back and forth with different draft strategies. But it was young that prevailed holding the defending champion Hayes off in a very close and dramatic finish, Herrin would finish 4th.
Michael Jordan Motorsports backed star Ben Bostrom had a tough weekend putting his Dainese leathers to the test crashing out both days, Ben was able to rejoin each race and salvage a 13th and 15th place respectively. Long time Dainese and AGV supported Athlete Steve Rapp signed a one race deal with Attack Kawasaki and put in a couple of impressive finishes. "Rapper", after being off the bike since last year’s finale, got the call last minute to race Daytona. With little testing, Rapp relied on his talent and experience and put his machine in the top 10, finishing a respectable 5th on Saturday and 6th on Sunday.