ATLANTA (April 4) -- After achieving a strong measure success in last year's Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XR1200 championship, AMA Pro road racer Michael Corbino has decided to relocate to England and compete in the Triumph Triple Challenge British Superbike series for 2013.
Corbino has struggled to find support in United States after finishing fourth overall in 2012 on his XPMotorsports/Rossiter's backed Harley-Davidson, a run that was highlighted by a podium finish in front of an international crowd at the Moto GP event in Indianapolis.
"I was hoping that being a top-four finisher in the championship would prompt a company to help me out but I haven't been able to find any support so far," Corbino said. "I was speaking with Tony Scott, who runs the Triumph Triple Challenge program, and it seemed like a program where I can advance my career. It's similar to the Vance & Hines Series in that everyone is on the same bike, the Triumph 675."
The 23-year-old Corbino led part of the season-opening Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson race in March at Daytona International Speedway, where he recorded the second fastest trap speed of 152.6 mph en route to a close fourth-place result. Even with a full slate of Triumph Triple Challenge races, he still plans to compete in select Harley-Davidson events in 2013.
The Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series is a low-cost racing platform with rules designed to keep the motorcycles evenly matched based on set specs, much like the Triumph Triple Challenge Series.
"I think with the TTC being a one-bike championship it will be good for me," Corbino said. "The Harley-Davidson class has prepared me for a series like this. The Triumph 675 is a fast, light bike that is very competitive. I'm excited to be in a spec series again while on a strong motorcycle that is also fast enough to race in other classes."
Corbino's Triumphs will be prepped by T3 Racing, the promoter and organizer of the Triumph Triple Challenge series. T3 Racing is Triumph's official race parts distributor for the UK and Triumph's consultant for many of its race activities.
"I wanted to get out there and learn what it takes to compete overseas," said Corbino, who is competing outside of the States for the first time in his career. "I tend to learn racetracks pretty quickly so I think I will do alright for my first time out there."
Corbino will be the first and only American to compete in the Triumph Triple Challenge Series.