Jul 4, 2002
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From a press release issued by Buell:<BR><BR>CICCOTTO TAKES FOURTH BUELL PRO THUNDER PODIUM<BR><BR>Buell Firebolt Rider Second at Brainerd Event<BR><BR>Brainerd, MN (June 30, 2002) - Mike Ciccotto of Sebastian, Fla. rode a Hal's Performance Advantage Buell Firebolt XB9R its fourth consecutive podium finish, placing second in the Buell Pro Thunder Series event at The Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway here today. The strong finish helped Ciccotto maintain his second position in the Buell Pro Thunder Series points standings.<BR><BR>The race was not without some drama for Ciccotto, who was running in the draft of Kirk McCarthy down Brainerd's long front straight when a gust of wind almost blew him off the track. "I was just coming into Turn One really hot at about 150 mph when the wind caught me and I lost the front end," said Ciccotto. "The bike slid right to the edge of the track before I caught it. It was a little unnerving."<BR><BR>Ciccotto recovered from the slide, but was unable to catch Buell Pro Thunder Series points leader McCarthy, who won the race aboard a Ducati 748. Thomas Montano of Berkeley, Calf. was third, also aboard Ducati. David Estock of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., rode a Buell Firebolt XB9R entered by Tilly's Harley-Davidson to fourth place.<BR><BR>The fifth and final event on the Buell Pro Thunder Series is July 13, 2002 at Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif., and Ciccotto thinks a season of hard work will pay off at that event.<BR><BR>"This was just our fourth race on the Buell Firebolt, and we've made progress by leaps and bounds at every event," said Ciccotto. "At Brainerd we made gains in both top speed and chassis set-up, and it looks like we'll have more power on tap at Laguna Seca. I'm really focused to score a win out there, as that's a track where the handling and torque of the Firebolt will really shine."<BR><BR>To learn more about Buell Motorcycles, visit your local Buell dealer today and experience the pure streetfighter attitude, style, and performance only found on board a Buell. Call 1-800-4909-9635 for the Buell dealer nearest you. Or pull into a press release issued by RevUp Ducati:<BR><BR>RevUp Ducati racer, Jessica Zalusky, took on the challenge of racing a Yamaha R6 in 600 Supersport in addition to Buell Pro Thunder at Brainerd Intl Raceway. Challenges arrived for the new rookie when Jessica had to make quick transitions between two completely different bikes and having her two races scheduled back-to-back.<BR><BR>In Jessica's debut in 600 Supersport she finished 27th, followed by a strong 9th place finish in Pro Thunder. After having only raced 3 of the 4 rounds of Pro Thunder, Jessica is currently 9th in the point standings.<BR><BR>RevUp Ducati is pleased with the finishes and plans to defend their top ten point standing at Laguna Seca.<BR><BR><BR>From Team America:<BR><BR>PODIUM CONTINUES FOR DISALVO<BR><BR>In the sweltering heat at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota, with the temperatures in the mid 90s, Team America Grand Prix Racing's Jason DiSalvo continued his streak of podiums by finishing 3rd in the 250GP class.<BR><BR>During a hectic weekend, which saw Jason ride 3 classes, giving him very little rest for the 3-day event. In the 750 Superstock Class, Jason qualified 6th then posted the fastest time in morning practice. He got into an early race battle with a local track specialist and while running in the 4th position crashed in lap nine. With the heat on the track Jason commented "I lost the front and went down". With time to repair the 750 for the next days Superbike race, the team including Michael Earnhardt, James Siddall, Oliver Hutchinson and Mark Bull, worked well into the night and early morning hours to repair the equipment. Morning practice sessions, as well as afternoon finals, forced Jason to mount the 250 and 750 machines back to back.<BR><BR>The schedule for the afternoon started with the 250 race which Jason grided in the second row. With a good start Jason went into turn 1 behind the pole setter. 3 laps later a red flag incident stopped the race which was restarted as a complete new race. Again getting a good start from row 2 and ultimately finishing 3rd in the race which gave him his 6th consecutive podium in the AMA series.<BR><BR>Due to the red flag in the 250 race Jason had about 12 minutes to prepare himself for the 21 lap Superbike Race. Starting from row 3, as top privateer qualifier, Jason went into turn 1 behind the 9 factory machines. For the next 20 laps he battled the local track specialist for the top privateer position swapping places between laps. In the last lap he made a bid for 8th overall top privateer but couldn't make it stick commenting, "I thought I could get by but a back marker kept me from completing the pass. It was a good race and it was a lot of fun racing with a competitor who knew the track so well". Finishing 9th overall in his 6th Superbike appearance puts Jason in the top 20 in the AMA Superbike series along with being 3rd overall in the 250 series and 6th overall in the Superstock series.<BR><BR>Team America owners, Jim and Connie DiSalvo and Freddie Spencer along with Coach Jeff Haney, felt the weekend was very productive and showed Jason's ability and stamina to ride in multiple events.<BR><BR>Team America' success is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, who include: Applied Business Systems, Cruise America, Freddie Spencer's High Performance Riding School, Dunlop Tires, Arai, HRC, Kushitani, Alpinestars, Roadracing World, Nutec Race Fuel, Chatter Box, Cytosport, DID Chain, GMD Computrack, and Select Collision.