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DiSalvo looks to lead at California Speedway

Supersport Competition is Fierce in 2004 FONTANA, Calif. (March 26, 2004) --- AMA Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship presented by Shoei points leader Jason DiSalvo looks to ride away from the points field at California Speedway during the ...

Supersport Competition is Fierce in 2004

FONTANA, Calif. (March 26, 2004) --- AMA Pro Honda Oils Supersport Championship presented by Shoei points leader Jason DiSalvo looks to ride away from the points field at California Speedway during the Yamaha Superbike Challenge April 2-4.

"I'm going into the 600 [Supersport] with a points lead," said DiSalvo during a teleconference earlier this week. "Supersport always puts up the best races of the day."

DiSalvo, 20, opened the 2004 season with a victory at Daytona International Speedway and led six of the 18-lap race. The finish was a close one, DiSalvo beat Roger Lee Hayden to the checkered flag by a mere 0.033-of-a-second. Tommy Hayden, Aaron Gobert, Jamie Hacking and Michael Barnes finished third through sixth, respectively, and were within 0.254-of-a-second of claiming their own victory.

"Going into Fontana, where it is a really technical track," said DiSalvo, "I'll try not to get tangled up in the first couple of laps. Then put my head down and do what we need to do."

The Western New York native is enjoying his new ride with Yamaha. "It's so great to be picked up by Yamaha. It was just my dad and I for a couple of years. My mom and dad come to all the tests and races. My dad is my manager, my mom keeps lap times." He'll also be competing in the AMA Repsol Superstock event at California Speedway.

Despite the great racing action in the Supersport class, DiSalvo would like to compete with the Superbike riders. "I'd like to ride with Mat Mladin and Eric Bostrom, who have already been there and done that. We have tested on the same days as these guys and were right up there with them, running within a couple of seconds of their times."

The AMA Chevrolet Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited will take to California Speedway's 21 turn, 2.36-mile motorcycle competition course for the Yamaha Superbike Challenge doubleheader April 2-4. Practice and qualifying begins on Friday, with more qualifying and practices as well as the Superbike Yamaha West Region Dealers 100K and Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme 60K on Saturday. Sunday's action includes the Repsol Superstock 60K, Pro Honda Oils Supersport 60K and Superbike Yamaha 100K beginning at noon.

For more ticket information call 800-944-RACE (7223) or go online at www.californiaspeedway.com.

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Drivers Tommy Hayden , Jamie Hacking , Eric Bostrom , Roger Lee Hayden , Aaron Gobert , Michael Barnes