R.I.P.: Racer And Superbike Mechanic Mike Velasco (Updated)

R.I.P.: Racer And Superbike Mechanic Mike Velasco (Updated)

© 2024, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By John Ulrich.

Pioneering Superbike mechanic and former racer Mike Velasco died just before midnight Friday, January 5th at a hospital in Washington State. He was 74 years old.

He is survived by his wife Alana, daughter Mishell, son Grant, and grand-daughter Tyra.

Velasco was a key player in the formative years of AMA Superbike, first with Yoshimura  R&D and then with the American Honda team and worked with riders such as the late Wes Cooley, Gary Fisher, David Emde, Freddie Spencer, Steve Wise, Fred Merkel, Steve McLaughlin, Roberto Pietri, Ron Pierce, Bubba Shobert, Larry Pegram, and others. 

We will post additional information as it becomes available. 

May he Rest In Peace.

Mike Velasco in 1982. Photo by John Owens/Superbike Book. Copyright 2023.

Mike Velasco with Freddie Spencer at Daytona 1982. Photo by John Owens/Superbike Book. Copyright 2023.

Mike Velasco with Fred Merkel’s Superbike at Loudon, 1986. Photo by John Owens/Superbike Book. Copyright 2023.

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