Garrett Willis and Jake Zemke Join Richard Boyd and the Desmo Veloce Performance Shop on a Ducati in 2013
Phoenix, AZ (March 5, 2013) – Desmo Veloce (www.desmoveloce.com) is proud to announce plans for the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike Championship Series that will commence at the Daytona Beach International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on March 14-16, 2013. Desmo Veloce, located in Phoenix, AZ, is a newly formed performance shop owned and operated by longtime AMA Ducati superbike technician Richard Boyd. The shop specializes in Ducati performance, as well as track day and full race bike preparation.
Desmo Veloce will be fielding Garrett Willis in the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike Championship. However, an unfortunate testing accident last weekend at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway left Garrett injured and unable to ride in Daytona.
“We are proud to have Garrett on the team. We were looking at this year as a building year for Garrett on the Ducati and an opportunity to experience some new tracks. Garrett was following our outlined testing plan when he had an unfortunate crash that wasn’t his fault. We have decided it would not be wise to push the injury and race at Daytona. Now, we are going to concentrate on getting him fully healed, looking to the future instead of potentially fighting a nagging problem going forward,” said Boyd.
Additionally Boyd explained, “Once we were certain that Garrett wasn’t going to be able to race, Garrett and I decided that Jake Zemke was the obvious choice to ride the bike in Daytona. This is not the way we wanted to start the season, but Garrett’s attitude has been very refreshing, and in a total professional way, he is driving the whole program forward.”
“It’s a bummer to get injured, especially this close to Daytona and it is definitely not how we wanted to start this year, but we are looking forward. I am hoping for a good recovery and excited to watch Jake do his thing”, said Willis.
“The last thing any rider wants to do is replace someone that has been hurt”, explained Zemke. “But we made a lot of progress with the Ducati last year and I think we have a really good chance to win at Daytona. I am happy to fill in for Garrett and I hope he heals quickly.”
Garrett Willis has been racing and winning since he was ten years old, earning championships in flat track, supermoto and road racing along the way. He has won numerous amateur championships and three national supermoto championships. In 2012 he raced a limited three race schedule in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Supersport class, garnering 3rd, 5th, and 8th place finishes. Excellent results in a talent deep field.
Jake Zemke is a household name to all AMA fans. A former dirt tracker, he made his AMA road racing debut in 1997 and has subsequently finished in the top 3 of the Championship13 times, bringing him to the podium over 100 times during his professional career. In 2006 he won the Daytona 200, and finished third in the 2007 Superbike Championship. 2008 saw Jake crowned Formula Xtreme Champion while finishing second in the AMA Supersport championship. Last year, with Richard Boyd as his crew chief, he finished 7th in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike Championship.
The team would like to thank Desmo Veloce, John Williams & Son, Leo Vince, Galfer, Capit, Rizoma, Troy Lee Designs, TPL Racing, Ohlins, DID, AFAM, Dyno-Jet, DrippinWet, Next Moto Champion, Freightliner Manitoba and Dr. David Benkle for their support.
Inquiries are welcome from those wishing to become part of this unique effort. For more information, please contact Richard Boyd (480) 717-0444 or racing@Desmoveloce.com.