Richard Stanboli is the privateer builder who can challenge the factories in US roadracing. In 2018, on the machine you see here, rider Josh Herrin won two MotoAmerica Superbike races. As these photos clearly show, this is a professionally prepared bike. Its swingarm was CNC-milled from solid, and its fuel tank could be designed and shaped only as items on order arrived from suppliers. And Stanboli is not just one of the small elite of CNC shops that can turn out parts such as these: He has also made himself master of the new electronic rider-aid technologies that have become full partners with hardware in modern racing. With the help of throttle by wire, engines can be tuned to levels that would be unrideable without the torque-civilizing power of electronics.
Stanboli has been building Superbikes for decades. In 1994, he built a very ambitious Yamaha YZF750 for the Cycle World Daytona 200 Superbike project with rider Don Canet. His business, Attack Performance, makes aftermarket racing and high-performance parts and has provided contract racing teams and services. In 2007 and '08, Attack Performance AMA Formula Xtreme 600 entries won the Daytona 200. In 2012, Stanboli decided to build a bike to race in MotoGP's CRT class (which permitted use of non-prototype engines in special prototype chassis). Material for the chassis was delivered to the Attack Performance loading dock as hundreds of pounds of aluminum alloy billets on a pallet. A chassis was milled from these solid pieces and welded together to fit a Kawasaki ZX-10RR engine like a sweater.
Why isn't Richard Stanboli a part of a top-level factory team in MotoGP or World Superbike? Surely for the very same reason that the late John Britten did not choose that direction. Stanboli is not part of an organization. He is the organization. Why does he build these beautiful racing machines? Because he has made himself able to do it.