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Oct 29, 2010

AMA Pro SuperSport National Champ DeHaven Tests With European 600cc Superstock Team In Italy

AMA Pro SuperSport National Champion Austin DeHaven (second from right) with Team Trasimeno in Italy.
This past Saturday and Sunday October 23rd and 24th, 2010 at the Autodromo di Magione, Team Trasimeno took to the track to try out our bikes and riders who will compete in the European 600 Superstock Championship in 2011. The rider who has already raced with the team in the season that has just ended is Colombian Juan Felipe Velasco. Despite the traffic on the short circuit during the open track day, and with comfortable but low temperature, Juan showed good feeling with the bike and the circuit and was able to to turn several laps in the 1:16,00 range and a one below in the 1:15's on a track he has only been to twice before in September of this year.

But it was the Californian Austin DeHaven, the 2010 AMA Supersport Champion, who had never been to Italy or the track before who found the right approach and connected with the track. After the first day he was able to turn a beautiful lap of 1:15:3, and after a few adjustments and some team advice on the track Austin was able to descend down to a 1:14:3 and was consistently in the 1:15's.

We feel so pleased with the work and we hope to bring both rides to this category in 2011.

Austin DeHaven: "I was very excited as it was my first trip to Italy. It was amazing to see the country and all the sights. But the track and the team was what I was most looking forward to. They have a long history in the class and are a fully supported Yamaha factory team so that made me very excited. Even though we all spoke different languages we got along very well. I felt a great connection with the team and they were so talented, a top level team all the way. The bikes were so good and with their help I felt very comfortable right away on the tight and technical track. I really hope we can put everything together to race here next year. I mean a chance at a European championship on a top team is so rare, and it would be a great experience for me."

Austin is currently looking for sponsorship opportunities to help make this possible, with travel, team and logistical costs the major stepping stone going forward.

Team Trasimeno is the official Yamaha Factory Junior Team of Italy with full backing from Yamaha Italia. They have been competing at the International level since 1997 and have multiple FIM titles to their name. They currently compete full time in the European championship with WSBK in both Superstock 1000 and Superstock 600 as the official Yamaha Junior Team as well as full time in the Italian national championship in Superstock 600 and the R6 and R1 cups. They have seen success with riders such as Claudio Corti, Maxime Berger and many others over the years. The team is owned by Moreno Bacchini and Flavio Egidi and based out of the Umbria region of Italy.
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