DiSalvo Starts Tenth for Home Race

Henny Ray Abrams | May 30, 2010

TOOELE, UT, MAY 30: Jason DiSalvo found a burst of speed  on his Triumph 675, but not enough to put him on the front two rows.The ParkinGO BE1 Triumph rider had been at a top speed deficit early in the weekend, but a fortuitous draft shot him to the fifth fastest trap speed and his best qualifying effort. That lap of 1:52.287 would be his best, but other issues prevented him from making a better showing for the home crowd and he finished tenth in World Supersport qualifying at Miller Motorsports Park.”On one lap I had an incredible draft from both the Kawasakis,” he said. “I was able to get up there and get a nice draft, but it’s kinda putting it all together after that. We’re going to be just trying to figure stuff out overnight. Everyone looks to be pretty close for the race, so it could go any which way and we’ll see.”He continued. “We’re just looking for a little bit of time out there, still. Trying to just get the bike feeling better for the race tomorrow. And one of the things that kinda snuck up on us today was in the qualifying, because it was so late in the day and the track temperature was quite a bit warmer, the bike really kind of changed quite a bit and from the morning to the afternoon. It’s something we’re trying to figure out what’s going on with that there.”Like fellow World Superbike rookie Roger Lee Hayden, DiSalvo is facing a lot of tracks for the first time. Coming to Miller Motorsports Park was one of the rare occasions where he had some familiarity.”Yeah, definitely, having track knowledge in general always is a bonus,” he said. “It didn’t take me kinda the whole first day to figure out my tip-in point and stuff like that. It was better in that just knowing the track.”DiSalvo also knows which Pirelli rear tire he’s going to use, saying “there’s really only one viable race option to go with which is the harder of the two rears. One of the problems is that’s the one that’s really gotten a kinda strange feeling at the end of the day here when it’s warmer, and I know for sure it’s going to be a lot warmer tomorrow for the race and that’s going to make an unknown for everyone.”

Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.