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|11-04-2015, 05:40 PM||#1|
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James Rispoli To Race BSB
Two-time AMA Supersport Champion James Rispoli to make the move Superbikes next season. Photo Courtesy of BSB
James Rispoli makes the big move to the premier class in the British Superbike Championship for 2016, joining fellow American John Hopkins in the British series next season. Rispoli will share the garage with 2014 British Supersport Champion Billy McConnell and Shaun Winfield on the Anvil Hire TAG Racing squad on a Yamaha YZF-R1.
“I’m really pumped for 2016,” Rispoli said. “Anvil Hire Yamaha have already put a lot of work into 2016, and to have signed for the new season, onboard a championship-winning bike is really awesome.”
The two-time AMA Supersport Champion has spent the past two seasons in the British Supersport class with Keith Flint’s Team Traction Control. Rispoli showed promise in his sophomore season in Supersport, earning six-podium finishes. Although the 24-year-old did not meet his goal of taking his first Supersport win this season, he came just shy more than once. Moving on, Rispoli looks forward to making the move to the big bikes.
“This is a huge opportunity and something that I have been working towards for years. Racing in British Supersport has done wonders for me,” he said. “To have come over from America and to be moving into the premier class in the toughest domestic series in the world is a huge accomplishment. It’s really cool to be the next American in the series alongside John Hopkins, and hopefully in the future I can be the top American in the series.”
Although eager for the challenge, Rispoli understands that it’s not going to be an easy task.
“I have no doubt that it is going to be extremely tough,” he said. “The times were on lap record pace and so close this season and there are so many top caliber riders out there, but I feel we are up for the challenge. I believe we have the package to be fighting for the top six at the end of the season if we take it step-by-step at the start. We have to set realistic goals, but if we can be consistently in the top 10 and then aspire to move towards the top five then that is the goal.”
Fortunately for Rispoli, he’s landed a home that is willing to weather the learning curve and has confidence in his abilities.
“We’re so excited to welcome James,” said team owner Rob Winfield. “He has proved so much in the last two years in Supersport, and we feel he’s ready to step up to Superbikes. There is no pressure on him this year, we just want him to settle well in the class and challenge for the rookie of the year title, which I believe he can achieve.”
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