DiSalvo leaves BE1 Triumph WSS team
American the second to leave factory team this season
The New York native joined the BE1-operated Triumph factory team to ride the Daytona 675 alongside fellow former AMA racer Chaz Davies. After just seven out of 13 rounds, however, DiSalvo and the team agreed to go their separate ways.
According to DiSalvo, the team’s resources were stretched thin with BE1 supporting the Triumph factory team as well as its own duo of David Salom and Mattheu Lagrive.
“The guys on the ParkinGO team really gave me an education about racing at this level, and I thank them for all they’ve done,” says DiSalvo. “Being the only team with double the number of riders has made it difficult for each of us to perform at our best. I’m dedicated to the craft of racing that I love so much, but with my bike regularly showing 5-10 mph less speed than the others through the traps, there's a truth that neither of us can ignore. I hope that with one less rider these guys can do better and that I can find a team who’s ready to benefit from my riding. Again, I thank the team for trying as hard as they could with what they have to work with.”
Through seven rounds, DiSalvo sits 15th in the championship standings, most recently finishing 11th at Miller Motorsports Park in his return to the U.S.A. Meanwhile, Davies is fourth in the standings with a pair of podiums, with Salom in sixth and Lagrive tenth. BE1 is considering finding a replacement for DiSalvo.
“I am sad that Jason decided to leave the team and am sure he would have eventually done just as well as his teammates, if he had a little bit more faith,” says Giuliano Rovelli, BE1 team manager. “We’ve done everything in order for him to perform at his best, as we’ve done with Matthieu Lagrive who took fifth place at Assen and finished twice sixth, at Monza and Kyalami. We are the team representing Triumph in the world championship and we’ve always treated our riders well. Maybe Jason couldn’t find the right feeling with the bike or perhaps couldn't quite adapt to the competition. However, I wish him to sign with a team that fits him best.”
DiSalvo isn’t the first rider to leave BE1 this season however. Two-time World Supersport Champion Sebastien Charpentier left the team after just one round. Charpentier was the 13th of 15 riders (plus two retired riders) in the season-opening Phillip Island round, finishing 1:29 behind race-winner Eugene Laverty and 48 seconds behind 12th place finisher Davies. Charpentier, who won the 2005 and 2006 championships with Ten Kate Honda, did not race full-time in 2008 or 2009. The rust from the time off may have been a factor for his withdrawal. Lagrive took Charpentier’s spot on the BE1 team.
DiSalvo and Davies to race for Triumph