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(translated from Italian)
Dario Marchetti returns to the Daytona 200, the most prestigious of American motorcycle races, the opener for the national championship series . The pilot of Castel San Pietro 's Italian has the most experience in the Florida Classic, and this year he has everything you need to point to a prominent placement: he will be joining the same team which competed in the U.S. in recent years, Ducshop Atlanta (Georgia), which has bought a Ducati 848 Evo, the latest and most competitive of the twin-cylinder Ducati.
Marchetti is a specialist at the very special Daytona circuit: At Daytona in recent years has won the Battle of the Twins, in the Sound of Thunder, and Endurance in the Race of Champions and has won quite a few podiums. The American race is particularly challenging because the track is very fast, not too favorable to the characteristics of the Ducati, but Marchetti is confident: "The bike is not as powerful as the four-cylinder Japanese deployed by U.S. importers in the semi-official, but compared to last year still has many more horses, and compared to the other has superior driving skills. The track also has a very tortuous and perhaps one that will allow us a few surprises. The rest have to invent it on the banked curves. You make my heart in my throat and who sees Daytona for the first time makes a nice effort, even in one of two Superbike races is eliminated because the dishes are tremendous stresses and the risk of tire burst. But the 200 miles you are running with the Sportbike, Supersport in practice, those curves, and I know them for years and I are pretty good ... ".
In the coming days Marchetti you prepare by doing two days of testing in Rijeka, Croatia, Friday 9 and Saturday 10. Leave for Daytona 13 and will run Saturday, March 17, when in Italy will now night, and contrary to the usually take place only 200 miles. The Americans have indeed moved to another date all races boundary.
At his side, the team will field Ducshop Jake Zemke , one of the most popular U.S. riders won the 200 Miles in 2006, American champion in 2008 and author of over 100 podium finishes.
With the team of Tim Robinson will do the AMA, for him will be the first time on a Ducati after a career on four cylinders.
"We have just concluded two days of testing and for me it was the first time on a Ducati race - he said - I was impressed by the vigorous pull and the effectiveness of the whole. The goal is to put a Ducati there at the top, and you can do. "