Daytona Fall Cycle Scene Friday report

DiSalvo enjoying visit to DIS during Fall Cycle Scene. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Oct. 18, 2002) -- Jason DiSalvo is getting his first taste of factory support courtesy of Yamaha during this weekend's Fall Cycle Scene at Daytona International ...

DiSalvo enjoying visit to DIS during Fall Cycle Scene.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Oct. 18, 2002) -- Jason DiSalvo is getting his first taste of factory support courtesy of Yamaha during this weekend's Fall Cycle Scene at Daytona International Speedway.

DiSalvo, of Stafford, NY, recently inked a factory deal with Yamaha for the 2003 season and will compete aboard Yamaha YZF-R6's in both Supersport and Superstock. Already committed to racing in this weekend's Fall Cycle Scene, Yamaha offered up some equipment to the promising 18-year-old rider.

"I already signed a deal with Yamaha and they wanted me to get used to the Yamaha bikes and we had already planned on doing these races so they gave us a bike," DiSalvo said.

"I've never really liked this track until now. Riding on a factory bike is the first time I've actually liked this track. The bike we have this weekend is this past year's factory bike. It's a great bike. It's so fun to ride."

DiSalvo, a former AMA Horizon winner for most promising rider, is delighted to be riding for a factory outfit such as Yamaha in 2003 along side teammates Damon Buckmaster, Jamie Hacking and Aaron Gobert.

"The goal for every racer is to be with a factory team," DiSalvo said. "I'm really happy that I'm riding for the factory. I'm sure all the guys are going to be great. The factory always has the best bikes, best mechanics and all the kind of stuff."

DiSalvo, who in 2002 finished second in the MBNA Grand Prix 250 standings and fifth in Superstock standings , is competing in an assortment of races this weekend, including Sunday's Pro Honda Oils Sportbike event.

He reflected on his last race at Daytona in March. Battling for the lead in the MBNA Grand Prix 250 event with Chuck Sorensen, he crashed while trying to avoid a lapped rider.

"Me and Chuck were going back and forth for the lead," said DiSalvo, who rode the race with a broken left foot. "I went to get by a (lap rider) and couldn't quite squeeze through. If that didn't happen and I would've won that race, we would've won the championship."

Tickets for Fall Cycle Scene are available at the gate or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

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Series Other bike
Drivers Jamie Hacking , Damon Buckmaster , Aaron Gobert