AMASBK: LeoVince to Sponsor Team Desmo Veloce

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LeoVince USA Press Release:

Team Desmo Veloce will be running LeoVince exhausts after signing a sponsorship deal with LeoVince USA for the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.

Team Desmo Veloce will field two riders: Canadian Champion Jordan Imrie will ride a Honda CBR600RR in SuperSport West, and Garrett Willis will be on board a Ducati 848 in Daytona SportBike. However, for the Daytona 200 next week, Jake Zemke will be filling in for Willis, who was injured in a crash during a pre-season test at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.

Willis is a longtime LeoVince-sponsored rider, and he moved to pro racing after earning numerous WERA and AFM championships. The 22-year-old from Loomis, California, had a strong debut in 2009, finishing fifth in SuperSport West points with a best race result of second. Last year, Willis earned a third in SuperSport West and finished the season eighth in points.

Imrie, who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, rocketed to success after just two years in the Canadian roadracing circuit. In 2012, the 26-year-old earned the AMA Super Twins, AMA Supersport, and CCS Middle Weight Superbike championships. Along the way, he picked up the AMA Novice Rider of the Year title.

GoPro: Ducati 848 Lap around Daytona with Jordan Imrie:

Zemke was a natural choice for Willis’ substitute in the Daytona 200. He rode for Desmo Veloce team owner Richard Boyd in 2012, finishing seventh in the Daytona SportBike championship. Zemke has earned over 100 podium finishes since his professional roadracing debut. He won the legendary Daytona 200 in 2006 and was the 2008 Formula Xtreme Champion.

“We’re excited about working with Desmo Veloce. They have the right combination of management, crew and talent to really showcase LeoVince exhaust systems, “ says LeoVince USA Executive Vice President Tim Calhoun. “We’re certainly disappointed that Garrett has to sit out the first race of the season, but we know that Jake will be the ideal substitute. Jake has found success with LeoVince-equipped bikes in the past, and we know he’ll do the same at Daytona.”

The LeoVince-equipped Team Desmo Veloce bikes will get their first taste of competition during the AMA Pro Road Racing season opener at Daytona International Speedway, March 14-16.

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