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Feb 20, 2002

It's Official: Filice To Ride Corbin Kawasaki

From a press release:

Jimmy Filice Racing formed, will contest 2002 Pro Honda Oils US Supersport Championship as Team Corbin

Three time and reigning AMA 250GP National Champion Jimmy Filice will turn his attention to the Pro Honda Oils US Supersport Championship in 2002, aboard a Jimmy Filice Racing/Team Corbin ZX-6R Kawasaki.

Jimmy will step into what is perhaps the most competitive class in professional motorcycle racing in the U.S. not only as a rider, but also as team owner, having formed his own team, Jimmy Filice Racing. The new team will strive to win the hotly contested class, as well as establishing itself as a force for the future.

"After last year, with all the help Mike Corbin provided me with, I just wanted to continue to improve. James (Siddall) and I worked really well together in winning the 250 Championship last year, and I wanted to step up to the challenge and get more quality exposure for our sponsors. I want to build a team with a bright future, that may soon help to bring up some young American riders as well," said Filice.

Filice will be the team's sole rider in 2002. Dennis Zickrick will build the team's engines and Steven Scott will be Jim's mechanic. Filice brings with him his race engineer and Team Manager from World Sports/Team Corbin, James Siddall.

Corbin will again be the main sponsor of the team, with Jimmy Filice Racing/Team Corbin being the official team name.

The team has met with enthusistic support for the move, and many other sponsors have stepped up with more support. One of the team's major continuing sponsors is Mike Vail Enterprises, who have increased their involvement in the road race program for this year. Mike Vail currently run a dirt track racing program for Jim's son Justin, on a Husaberg 600. Father and son will in fact both race over the Daytona weekend, marking Justin's first trip to Daytona to race rather than spectate.

Daytona also marks the home race of one new team sponsor. Mandy Alonso's "Z Turning Wheel Sports Center," a multi line dealer of cars, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles located in Leesburg, Florida.

Other team sponsors include Red Line Oil, Tom Sera's Fastrack Riders, Nutec, Hap Jones, EBC, Dunlop, ScuderiaWest, Modesto Kawasaki, Z Gallerie, Air Tech, Motion Pro, Tiger Angel, Alpinestars and Arai.

For more information on Jimmy Filice Racing/Team Corbin contact James Siddall on (415)401-6250.