American riders dream of moving into the big leagues (World Superbike and MotoGP) in motorcycle road racing but it is a step few have had in their careers. Jason Pridmore was gifted the opportunity to join the Alto Evolution Honda Superbike team...
American riders dream of moving into the big leagues (World Superbike and MotoGP) in motorcycle road racing but it is a step few have had in their careers. Jason Pridmore was gifted the opportunity to join the Alto Evolution Honda Superbike team to finish out the 2008 season.
"Being in the World Superbike is like a dream come true; I am feeling re-motivated and excited to be here," expressed Pridmore.
It was a surprise, considering that Pridmore had retired at the end of the 2006 season. The avid golfer raced, at the time, for the Michael Jordan Motor Sports Suzuki team when he decided to step away from racing while he continued on as an advisor and "coach" to many upcoming AMA racers at his racing school.
Pridmore is not new to the international series, having stood on the podium as the Supersport race winner in 2008 at Suzuka, Japan. He will be the only American rider on the World Superbike entry list.
Pridmore, 38, earned the 2002 AMA Superbike Formula Xtreme title in 2002, with four wins that year, adding to his total of 21 career AMA victories. The son of Reg Pridmore, three-time AMA Superbike champion, currently resides in California, along the coastline in Ventura.
The announcement was made prior to the start of the sixth round on the 2008 calendar. Tomorrow the World Superbike teams will mark their return to the United States when they compete for the first time on the Miller Motorsports Park circuit in Tooele, Utah. The first practice is scheduled to begin at 10:30am (MDT) on the 3.048-mile outer course near Salt Lake City.
Pridmore will be replacing Luca Morelli after the Italian and the team parted ways with a mutual agreement. Pridmore was brought onboard to assist the team's young Chinese rider, Shuhei Aoyama.
Alto Evolution Honda team engineer Marco Nicotari stated, "We are very happy about having Jason with us and I am sure that he can help us to reach the goals we set for this season."
On Friday morning, Pridmore will ride the Honda CBR1000RR for the first time. It has been four years since the world's best in Superbike competition have brought their show to America. The last time the FIM, the governing body for the Superbike series, scheduled a race in the USA was at the Laguna Seca road course in Calif., from 1995 to 2004.
Miller Motorsports Park is the third venue the World Superbikes have competed at, the first was in Brainerd, Minnesota, 1989 to 1991.