MotoAmerica: Gus Rodio Racing In Daytona 200, Gloddy Returns To Twins Cup

MotoAmerica: Gus Rodio Racing In Daytona 200, Gloddy Returns To Twins Cup

© 2024, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Rodio Racing:

Gus Rodio to compete in Daytona 200 aboard Ducati Panigale V2, Gloddy to return to Twins Cup racing for Daytona round

Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering to field three Aprilia RS 660s in Twins Cup races at Daytona International Speedway in March

This year’s Daytona 200 will mark the MotoAmerica Supersport Class debut for Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering rider Gus Rodio. The 2023 MotoAmerica Twins Cup runner-up and 2022 MotoAmerica Junior Cup runner-up will compete aboard a Ducati Panigale V2 at the 82nd running of the event on March 7-9.

Rodio will have a busy weekend at Daytona International Speedway, as he’ll also take part in both MotoAmerica Twins Cup races aboard an Aprilia RS 660 as part of his quest to win that title after coming up just short in 2023.

Joining the team’s Twins Cup lineup for the Daytona round will be MotoAmerica veteran Ben Gloddy. The New Hampshirite raced with the team in 2022 and 2023 and will be back on an Aprilia RS 660s alongside Gus Rodio and Twins Cup rookie and 2022 Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon Award winner Alessandro Di Mario.

“I’ve been watching the [Daytona] 200 for years and always thought about giving it a shot,” Gus Rodio said. “When the team asked me if I wanted to do it, I thought about it for a little while and agreed. Who would argue about having over double the track time? Our primary focus is still obviously the Twins Cup. Since I’m used to the a twin-cylinder bike, Rodio Racing and Robem Engineering prepped a Ducati Panigale V2 for the Daytona 200. I’ve ridden the Panigale, and it feels a lot like my Robem Engineering Aprilia — but with a lot more power. I’m excited to get to Daytona and learn something new.”

After missing most of the 2023 MotoAmerica Twins Cup season due to an injury at the season-opening Daytona round, Gloddy returned to Twins Cup racing for the season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park in September. He scored a fourth-place and a fifth-place finish despite not having competed on a Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering Aprilia RS 660 in about six months.

Ben Gloddy (72). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Rodio Racing.
Ben Gloddy (72). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering.

“I am super excited that Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering has given me the opportunity to join them at Daytona for the first round of the MotoAmerica season,” Gloddy said. “After being away from the paddock for most of the 2023 season and after having a decent return at NJMP, I feel more ready than ever — both mentally and physically — to kick off this race season. I am not sure what the remainder 2024 season will look like for me after Daytona due to lack of funding. For now, all I am focused on is doing well at Daytona for both myself and the team.”

The season-opening MotoAmerica round at Daytona International Speedway takes place March 7-9, with the Twins Cup slated to race Friday afternoon and Saturday morning before the Daytona 200 gets underway at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

To tune in to all three races the Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering riders are set to compete in at Daytona, subscribe to MotoAmerica’s live streaming service, MotoAmerica Live Plus. Subscribers can watch races in all MotoAmerica classes live or on-demand, as well as view highlights, interviews and races from years past. To learn more about MotoAmerica Live Plus, visit http://motoamericaliveplus.com.

Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering’s technical partners for the 2024 season include Spellcaster Productions, Luxestar VIP, Geoscape Solar, MAR Contractors, Blud Lubricants, Spiegler Performance, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag Performance Wheels, Millennium Technologies, Sprint Filter, Dunlop, SC Project, MVR Endeavor, GRG Designs, REB Graphics, NGK Spark Plugs, EvolveGT and N2 Racing.

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