Photography By: Andrea Wilson
Young road racer Benny Solis has inked a deal to ride a Team M4 Honda CBR600RR in the 2013 AMA Daytona SportBike Series.
Solis, who won the 2008 Red Bull Rookies Cup Championship with five wins in the nine-race series, competed for the first time in the Daytona SportBike class last year. He ended the year with three top-10 finishes en route to finishing 15th in the series point standings.
“I’m really excited and motivated about this coming season,” said the 18-year-old Solis in a team release. “Being back on a Honda CBR600RR and signing with Team Hammer gives me a lot of confidence because I already know the bike and I have a great team behind me. This is a big opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to having a lot of fun racing the M4 Honda in 2013.”
Team owner John Ulrich is happy to have Solis back in the fold.
“I first saw Benny race when he was about 11 years old and started paying serious attention when I saw him winning Rookies Cup races held during AMA Pro weekends in 2008,” said Ulrich, who raced with Benny’s father Ben during the 1990s. “In 2009 I worked with Benny on a Moriwaki MD250H project, and in 2011 I put together a deal so he could race in AMA Pro SuperSport on a Honda CBR600RR. Benny is clearly talented and we’ve been looking for an opportunity to see what he can do on Team Hammer racebikes. Now things have finally come together and I am really looking forward to working with Benny and helping him realize his potential in AMA Pro SportBike.”