World Cup Beckons For DiSalvo

Elliot Strong
by Elliot Strong
From a Suzuki Press Release:

Di Salvo off to France for Suzuki World Cup

Jason DiSalvo, scored an important 2nd and 1st place finish in the August 4th WERA National Challenge Series Race at Summit Point WV. The event was not only a WERA National but also a Suzuki World Cup Qualifier. Jason ended up finishing second in the race but was the highest placed rider that met the standards necessary to qualify for the Suzuki World Cup, becoming the third American to qualify for the prestigious event to be held September 14, 2002 in Magny-Cours, France.

The Suzuki World Cup will host 27 riders from various countries all having qualified by nature of a win in the 750 Suzuki Cup championship. The riders will draw lots and be given one of 30 identical Suzuki GSX-R750s to compete in this prestigious world event. The winner will be declared by accumulation of points from each of two races. The limitations are very rigid with only two practices, two qualifying sessions, and two races. Each rider will be allowed three sets of tires for the entire event. The nature of this World Cup final is to create an even playing field with all participants riding identical equipment, fuel, and tires. Jason, his mechanic Mike Earnhardt, and his parents Jim and Connie DiSalvo will fly to France with two other qualifying riders and American Suzuki's racing representatives.

Jason also placed second in WERA's open super stock class while at Summit Point this past weekend.

The team is currently at Virginia International Raceway for the final round of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship which takes place this forthcoming weekend (August 8-11).

Team America's success is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, who include: ABS, Cruise America, Freddie Spencer's High Performance Riding School, Dunlop Tires, Nutec Race Fuel, DID Chain, Chatter Box, GMD Computrack, Arai Helmet, Kushitani, Carbon Tech and Select Collision.

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