This is a special show featuring American racer James Rispoli, who is contesting in the BSB SuperSport championship this year.
James has been racing motorcycles since the age of six. He started flat track racing in New Hampshire on a Suzuki JR 50. He raced local flat track races throughout New England and New York coming up the amateur ranks. James went to his first AMA Amateur Flattrack Grand Championships when he was nine years old and won the Amateur Grand Championship in the modified 60cc class in his first year. With the help of his parents and several early sponsors he continued to climb the amateur ranks winning AMA Amateur Grand
Championships in the 80cc, 250cc, 450cc and 505cc classes. James achieved 22 AMA amateur national flat track titles along the way.
In 2008 James received his AMA Pro Flattrack license and AMA Pro Road Racing license. He raced the AMA Pro MotoST Endurance series and is credited as the youngest rider at age 16 to win at the Daytona International Speedway. James continued his AMA Pro Flattrack career achieving second place overall in his rookie year in the AMA Pro Singles series where he won the opening round at the Daytona Short Track.
James continued to hone his road racing skills and find additional sponsorship, in 2011 with the help of the National Guard and Jason Pridmore’s Star School James won the AMA Pro SuperSport East Championship as well as the overall National #1 plate and young gun award. Not yet satisfied with his skill set, James challenged the AMA Pro SuperSport West Championship in 2012 on the Celtic/Orient Express Racing team with support from Michael Jordan Motorsports and became the first two time AMA Pro SuperSport National
Champion and the only racer to win both the East and West Coast Championships back to back.
Along with James two AMA Pro SuperSport National Championships he holds two AMA Bonneville Salt Flat Land Speed Records in the 650 and 750 twin categories. In 2013 James has moved up to AMA Pro SportBike Class, was tied for rookie of the year going into the last race of the season and had his first DNF due to a mechanical, the first in 3 seasons. James rode for Michael Jordan Motorsports and the National Guard/Celtic Racing Team.
In 2013, James also competed as a wild card entry in the MotoGP world championship in the Moto2 division for team GP Tech using a Tech3 supported Moto2 bike. James was the only American wild card rider in 2013.
For 2014, James rode in the prestigious British Superbike Series in the top 600 Supersport class. He rode for rockstar and front man for the band The Prodigy, Keith Flint on this Team Traction Control. James will have support of personal sponsor Monster Energy as will the team.
James rode a 2014 Suzuki GSX-R600 similar to the motorcycles he won (2) back to back AMA Pro National Supersport titles in 2011 and 2012 in America however half way through the season the team switched to Yamaha. The switch made all the difference and James went on to battle for the lead at Cadwell Park and made podium at Assen and Silverstone. James has re-signed with Team Traction Control for 2015 and will be fighting this year for the championship a Super sport spec Yamaha R6.
Follow James at his website www.jamesrispoli.com
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