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Jul 30, 2001

DiSalvo Fourth In Czech Republic After Taking Pole In Qualifying

From a press release:<BR><BR>Cruise America Grand Prix Racing Team rider Jason DiSalvo claimed his best-ever European Championship result with a battling fourth place at the Most circuit in the Czech Republic on Sunday.<BR><BR>Up against a class field including riders with plenty of Grand Prix experience, the 17-year-old from Batavia, New York set the scene by storming to pole position on Saturday with a time 0.3-second faster than anyone in qualifying. In the race DiSalvo grabbed the holeshot into turn one but ran wide which allowed three riders past.<BR><BR>Jason then engaged in a battle with top European racer Adrian Coates while disputing fourth place and the pair ended up clashing which dropped them down a further two places. Undeterred, DiSalvo battled back to claim fourth at the checkered flag, much to his delight.<BR><BR>"My confidence has been high this weekend and that certainly helped. I was determined to hang in there and I was happy with pole position and the race result" said Jason.<BR><BR>Team owner Jim DiSalvo was also pleased with his son's and his team's performance. "Jason rode an excellent race with a great amount of composure against a field including some very experienced riders. The bike was good and the team worked well and we're in high spirits" said Jim, whose team will be back in the Czech Republic in a month's time to contest the World Grand Prix <BR>race at the Brno circuit.