Santiago Villa to Race With Prieto Performance in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike for 2012
NEWS January 22, 2012
Photo Provided by Santiago Villa
From a press release issued by Prieto Performance:
PLANTATION, Fla. (January 21, 2012) - Multi-time Colombian Champion Santiago Villa has signed with Prieto Performance to compete in the 2012 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season aboard two Yamaha R6s.
Santiago Villa has been racing with Sean Prieto and his team, Prieto Performance, for the past two years. In 2010, Villa won the overall first place in the CCS SouthEast, Mid-Atlantic and Florida Regions during the CCS Championship, a record never achieved before. That same year, they won three national championships at the Race of Champions in Daytona.
This past year, the team won another first place plate in the CCS SouthEast and Florida regions, and two national championships at the Race of Champions in Daytona.
Santiago Villa: "After losing my biggest sponsor and finding myself without the option of going back to Team Hammer, the team that had been my home for the past three years, I was very sad to know I wasn't going to be able to race in AMA Pro for 2012.
That's when Sean Prieto decided to try to build a program so we can also race in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike .. I have no words.
Sean has helped me achieve many goals during my racing career, and when didn’t have the support to do them, he stepped up and gave me a hand. We still don't know if we are going to be able to race all the rounds, but at least we will try to be in some of them. We are trying hard to build a plan to attend them all, and still keep racing the Florida region. The Florida region is very important to the team, because Florida is where Prieto Performance is located. All I can say is THANKS! As always, I will give my best to make my team proud.
I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to every member of the Team Hammer. Thank you for three years of learning and racing at the top level of AMA Pro. I don’t have enough words to express how grateful I am to John, Trudy, Chris, and all the Ulrich family. I am also thankful that I had the opportunity to get to know and work with such amazing people as Keith, Kelly, Robin, Mike, Peter, Rick. I mean everyone: You taught me how to play the game, and for that I will forever be grateful. I will always consider you my family and my friends."
SEAN PRIETO: "Prieto Performance Inc. has been racing with Santiago Villa for the last two years in the CCS, chasing Regional Championships in Florida, South East and Mid-Atlantic regions. Together, we have won five regional championships in two years, and five nationals.
Now through Prieto Performance prepped Yamaha R6s, we are proud to go to the next level and compete in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season with Santiago in 2012, while also chasing more regional championships in the CCS regions.
Santiago demonstrates how far he will go to achieve results through his passion, dedication and love for this sport. Racing with him has been fun and surprising at the same time when we realize no matter the obstacles, Santiago has been victorious.
I know Santiago is a rider that has the commitment and the enthusiasm required to be the best, and he won’t stop trying to achieve excellence."
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