How Triumph Racing Teammates Hoon The Offseason

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Triumph Racing Hooning

With all the drama and negativity swirling around the struggling AMA Pro Road Racing series for the past several years, it can sometimes be easy to forget that people get into racing because it’s fun.

But the boys and girls on the track haven’t forgotten, as evidenced by this recent video from the Apex Manufacturing/Sportbike Track Time/Castrol/Triumph Racing team. The video captures the exploits and antics of Triumph Racing teammates Elena Myers and Jason DiSalvo at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway in Alabama.

Triumph Racing Hooning
Elena Myers and Jason DiSalvo gearing up at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway in Alabama

The diminutive DiSalvo is a veteran professional racer, having competed and won at various national and international levels since 1997. Or as Myers puts it, “since, like, around the time I was born.” Myers, for her part, became the first woman ever to win an AMA Pro Road Race in 2010, at the age of just 16.

Whatever their differences in age and experience, the two clearly know how to have a good time together on the track. Their cone-toppling, tire-smoking, rear-wheel-drifting hooliganism is sure to put a smile on any fan’s face. Even if we do have to wait six weeks for the next AMA Pro Road Race.

  • Guzzto

    Where’s Wes ?

    • Ayabe

      He’s gone, we discussed this a few weeks ago.

      Not really, but he’s been gone for a couple weeks, no formal announcement has been made.

      • zion

        Huh, must’ve missed that discussion. Without being misconstrued as sniping, I’m not surprised, though. His commentary was getting pretty acerbic and fairly self centered. The more the site grew, the less that the powers that be were going to tolerate that.

        • Dennis Hightower

          Wes had an attitude all along. Not in a bad way though. What it brought to HFL and later to RA was a real interest and authenticity that gave the site a personality. Example: The recent non-Wes posts about the new Yamaha 250 and the relaunch of the Yamaha SR400 were just plain vanilla facts… no editorializing about the import of these smaller displacement bikes, no personality to drive readership comments. Its just kind of blah. Jon Alain Guzik take note.

          • hunkyleepickle

            agreed. My level of interest for this site in general has been steadily going down since Wes dropped off the face of the earth.

            • James Jamerson

              I like to imagine these accounts are all Wes, just having a conversation with himself from 12 different computers. Frantically running around the room in his aerostitch, frantically pounding out responses from each machine.

              • Heather McCoy

                Sounds like you guys’d like a little more bitch-slap in your motojournalism? Will see what I can do about throwin’ you more stout types a bone now and then.

            • Eyvind Mondragon

              Right, I will miss his articles such as “5 ways my jacket feels different now than when I bought it”. Yeah bring that back! (being very sarcastic)

          • zion

            I agree with you in regards to being better than Vanilla. But, there were times that Wes could be downright nasty on comments and sometimes his “attitude” did feel like it was a little too over the top and condescending. It didn’t bother me one way or the other, but I could see how it may have been an issue.

            • HankBWYT

              Wes summarized: Great articles, really capturing the essence of riding, and the bikes he reviewed. Not good with criticism (both positive and negative). I would’ve prefered him to stay, his articles were my highlight of the day (well, the part of the day where I check RA).

          • Aaron

            I did like some of his articles, he was passionate as well. I will not miss the Dainese/Aerostitch commercials though.

            • Piglet2010

              What is “Aerostitch” (sic)?

      • Stef

        Got a link to the discussion? Might be a fun read :)

    • worker88

      I think he’s working on Powerpoint slides now.

    • Ezekiel Wheeler

      Hi Guzzto,
      Wes is no longer affiliated with RideApart. You might find him guest blogging from time to time but he’s decided to pursue other ventures. I’d ask that you keep comments reserved for opinions related to the posted material. Thank you.

      • Dennis Hightower

        Ezekial, you are staff on RA correct? I just noticed a post removed that discussed RideApart’s reason for existance (business plan). You should think twice about censoring your commentariat. It doesn’t reflect well. Instead, make the site something that stands on its own, without the need to hide anything. Authenticity is good business and is respected by your readership.

        • Ezekiel Wheeler

          Hi Dennis,
          Yes, I am the Editorial Director for RA. No secrets here. But sometimes in business, business documents are for business only. I would hope that a professional like yourself would understand and respect that. I’m sure your superiors wouldn’t appreciate it if documents meant for certain growth opportunities for your ventures were spilled onto the internet. I firmly agree with you about authenticity. Have you noticed that ALL automotive posts have ceased on the RA site? Have you also noticed we’ve acquired new “real riders”, enthusiasts like yourself who’ve inquired us to become even more authentic to contribute? I hope that you would consider the efforts we are making at RA to bring you the best possible experience we can so you have something to enjoy during your breaks at work on hopefully inspire you to write for us and tell us your experience as a rider and reader. Consider this an official invitation to write for us. Thank you for understanding.

          • Piglet2010

            On the other hand, if moderation of the comments section get heavy-handed, many of us will not bother to post, or even read most of the articles.

            • Send Margaritas

              You can’t imagine how much people would miss the maturity, objectivity, and insight you and Wes displayed in your trolls.That would more than humanity could bear.

              • Piglet2010

                Web traffic is web traffic, as far as advertising revenue is concerned.

          • Reg Kittrelle

            …and sometimes in business, business takes itself a little too seriously.
            Wes was an asset because he is a bit of a loose cannon, opinionated and -most important- fun to read. For me, RA has lost an edge that it had. The overly-controlled, tight-ass policies of many boards forecloses on any equity they might have had. In reading your posts, I see hints of those policies.

            Time will tell if this new direction makes for a good biz model. I wish you well …but not in the “bro hug” manner that i might have offered up to Wes.

            …btw.. cool that you’ve eliminated all the automotive posts, but your allegiance might ring more true were you to change your avatar.

      • Lee Scuppers

        That’s not a very pleasant tone to take in response to a reasonable question.

        The one thing I won’t miss about Wes was the arrogant manner he sometimes had in comments.

        On the other hand, he was your best writer.

  • William Connor

    Let’s try on topic for this comment. Really good video, not good results in Daytona. So far in real life racing Elena has been much slower than Jason. Clearly she has talent so hopefully they figure out the discrepancy and get her running better. There were so many Triumph’s at the head of the field and she was never able to threaten for a decent finish.

    • Heather McCoy

      Not like last year (her first on the Triumph) when she came in 9th, you mean?

      • William Connor

        Absolutely correct. This year just did not go her way at all. Last year the bike was not nearly as good and she was top 10. This year she ended up not finishing with a mechanical, so we know it wasn’t her that was at issue. Even in qualifying and practice though her setup was not as fast as the others.

        • Heather McCoy

          I think we’ll see great things from Elena this year. She is an exceptional competitor, and we all know how awesome that bike is. Daytona was disapointing, but it’s a weird race (sort of fun that it’s so different though, huh?). It will also be exciting to see what Melissa Paris brings back from her experiences racing in Spain’s CEV series.

          • William Connor

            I agree. I am also watching for Ana Carrasco’s progress. I don’t think my daughter will ever want to race but I would certainly encourage her or my son to pursue it if they wanted. Elena has earned a tremendous opportunity with the team she has.

  • Nemosufu Namecheck

    This is a really great article – it’s awesome to see that Ride Apart listened to its readers. Thanks Mods!

  • nick

    Nice to see a piece on Elena. She has a lot of talent and I hope that both her and her management look for growth opportunities. It’s certainly refreshing seeing women in the sport (yes, I know she isn’t the only one).

    • Heather McCoy

      I like to see more on ALL the AMA riders. Every last one of them has an interesting story, and the spotlight has such a narrow field of view. More attention to the women competitors has the added benefit of attracting a wider fan base, though; something our sport would dearly benefit from. This should be an economic decision worthy of persuit by any professional league. I don’t get marketing; it isn’t brain surgery.

  • Reid

    The 675 Daytona and the Street Triple will almost assuredly go down in history as great classics of motorcycling. When I was on the market to buy a bike I found many Street Triples within my price range (and some even below it despite having relatively low mileage for 2010-2011 machines) but my better judgment prevailed. It’s too much bike for me right now. One day though, I will have one!

    • Luke

      I’m about to start looking for my “after my starter bike bike” and I’m lusting after the Street R, but I too think it’s too much for me. My current bike is fun and because it’s small (TU250), I get to ride FWO a lot. I fear the first time I try that on a Street R will be the end of me! Great video, watching a leaned-in drift is just awesome.

      • hunkyleepickle

        i can vouch that the street is an outrageously good bike. Very manageable power, but it absolutely screams and howls when you open it up, in the best possible way. I still feel like the only bikes i could trade it for would be a daytona or speed triple. I can’t vouch for it enough!! Except for the fuel economy, which stinks…..but might have something to do with my right hand.

        • Reid

          That could be it. People always tell me how shocked they are that I regularly get north of 60 mpg on my KTM lol