James Rispoli is switching teams for the 2012 AMA Supersport season, but he isn’t switching goals. The “Rocket” will be aiming for the 2012 AMA Supersport Championship with the Celtic-Orient Express Racing Team.
Rispoli, who won the AMA Pro Supersport East Division, AMA Pro Supersport Overall, and Young Gun titles in 2011, could be tough to beat in 2012, especially know that he has Celtic in his corner. Celtic Racing has helped developed young talents like P.J. Jacobsen, Chaz Davies, Kenny Noyes, Michael Laverty, and Alistair Seeley.
“I am really excited to be working with Barry Gilsenan and the Celtic Racing team,” Rispoli said. “They’re known for working with young talent and helping to bring out the best in them. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and will be an awesome learning year for me. I now have the experienced crew and backing I need to excel and really put everything I have into each ride. I want to thank Barry and all the sponsors for this incredible opportunity, I can’t wait for the first test.”
Team owner Barry Gilsenan added:
“James put on an impressive display winning the championship in 2011 and I am very happy to have signed him for this year. He is young, talented and has a bright future in the sport. We look forward to working with James to defend his championship.
The Celtic Racing team will also have the added help of Orient Express. Orient has been a long-time supporter of the team but this year they have stepped up their efforts and will be a title sponsor.
“I am also delighted to announce our continued association with Orient Express, who has been a loyal supporter of our team for many years,” Gilsenan continued. “This year Orient Express has stepped up their support to become a co-title sponsor and I thank them for that.”
The Celtic-Orient Express Racing team will also be associated with Michael Jordan Motorsports recent expansion with the Army National Guard, and Fairhills Group entry Corey Alexander.
Skip Dowling of Orient Express added:
“We are pleased to again be working with Celtic Racing and especially excited to support two talented, up-and-coming young racers for 2012. These riders impressed us with their professionalism and success both on and off the track. We’re glad to be able to support the team with some of the best components on the planet. Being associated with the Army National Guard is an honor we will not take lightly and will strive to be worthy representatives.”