James Rispoli Joins Richie Morris Racing for 2018 Daytona TT
This is a press release from American Flat Track…
Daytona Beach, FL (March 11, 2018) – British Superbike Championship phenom and multi-time AMA Pro SuperSport champion James Rispoli will contest this week’s Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Daytona on a Richie Morris Racing-backed No. 143 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450R.
“It’s going to be amazing to be back in the flat track paddock at Daytona,” said Rispoli, who has been nicknamed ‘The Rocket’ by fans. “I can’t thank my sponsors and Richie [Morris] enough for the opportunity. The whole TT idea came about when I went to Valentino Rossi’s ranch. I wanted to get some practice while in Florida in the weeks after that, and Johnny Lewis at 10Training lent me his Husky. I rode a local short track and was reminded how much I miss flat track racing. It’s going to be sweet.”
Rispoli grew up racing flat track in America prior to making the switch to road racing. For Daytona, he joins fellow RMR teammate Ryan Wells – who’ll ride the No. 94 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450 – in the AFT Singles class, while Johnny Lewis will pilot RMR’s No. 10 McElroy Kawasaki Ninja 650 in AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines.
“Flat track is in my blood,” Rispoli continued. “I can’t wait to bring more European eyes to the sport. The craziest part is that I still know most everyone in the sport, and I’ll be racing with Ryan Wells, who I’ve helped my whole life. That will be the coolest thing… banging bars again with these guys. I started my career racing flat track, so it’s always cool to get the chance to get out on the dirt again. There are some really fast guys and gals out there, but I’m going to give it my best shot and enjoy it.”
Rispoli brings personal sponsors MyDigitalListing.com, Everquip Garage Equipment Ltd. (British Supersport Team sponsor) and 10Training to the RMR fold for the one-race partnership.
Richie Morris Racing underwent a significant transformation itself over the off-season, and heads into Daytona with significant rider strength, technical acumen and sponsor support.
“We’re really excited to add James Rispoli to our already strong team for the Daytona TT,” said Morris just days before the AFT opener. “After all, he’s a road racer, which I have plenty of history in, and he’ll be a serious threat to win the AFT Singles race given his background, right along with Ryan Wells. And of course you can’t ever count Johnny Lewis out on a Twin, so we are looking good this coming week.”
RMR will also be leaning on its experienced crew, including James Hart, Nick Daniels, Shane Hill and Larry Fulton, as well as its long list of valued sponsors. These include Al Lamb Dallas Honda, American Honda, Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals, S&S Cycles, Millennium Technologies, NoToil Filters, Neken Handlebars, Falicon Crankshafts, Rekluse Clutches, Bell Helmets, Roland Sands Design, Performance Electronics, Vortex EX Sprockets and Chains, Galfer Brakes, Motion Pro Cables, Cometic Gaskets and Evans Coolant.
“We’ve got some amazing sponsors for 2018,” Morris said. “We literally couldn’t do this without them. They, along with what I feel is the best combination of riders, machines and crew, will help us reach for our goals this year, which are AFT Singles and AFT Twins championships.”
American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2018 season with the Bigger, Better, and Faster Harley-Davidson TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys at Daytona under the lights inside the fabled trioval at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Tickets start at just $30 and are available for purchase now at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.