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MotoAmerica champs Attack Performance target Daytona 200 title with Xavi Fores

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Former BSB and WorldSBK rider Xavi Fores will add to the international contingent making a bid for the 2024 Daytona 200 by lining up with MotoAmerica Superbike Champions Attack Performance Yamaha.

The Spaniard has a storied history in Superbikes having competed with Honda and FHO Racing in BSB, as well as achieved podiums with Barni Ducati and competed with Puccetti Kawasaki in WorldSBK.

For 2023, Fores crossed to the United States to represent Ducati in the MotoAmerica Supersport class, the 38-year old claiming the title dominantly with nine victories on the HSBK Warhorse Ducati Panigale V2.


Interestingly, the team scored a victory in the Daytona 200 - which is dedicated to the Supersport class as a precaution due to the high-speeds achieved on the bank - but with Josh Herrin on the bike before Fores took over for the full MotoAmerica season.

Since the event doesn’t count towards the overall championship, Fores himself is taking the place of a MotoAmerica Superbike regular in Cameron Petersen, who was originally due to line-up for Attack Performance on its Yamaha R6.

Attack Performance - which have the backing of Yamaha in MotoAmerica - have been the dominant team in the Superbike class with a combination of Cameron Beaubier and Jake Gagne seeing it clinch the title in each of the past six seasons.

“I’m very excited to race the Daytona 200 for a second time and this time with the iconic Attack Yamaha team. I’m very happy to join them and really highly motivated to achieve a strong result together. 

“I’ve seen the Attack team fighting for victory with the Yamaha R6 several times in Daytona, and I can’t wait to get on the bike. It is going to be challenging with a new bike and team, but I know how well the team works, and I’m going to put my World Endurance experience into it as well to bring a strong result back home. 

“I want to thank Yamaha U.S. for the opportunity to ride for them and Richard for trusting me with the ride.”

Fores is just the latest big name to commit to this year’s Daytona 200, which will feature a large international delegation taking on the local favourites for one of the most prestigious single titles in motorcycle racing.

In addition to Fores on the factory Yamaha R6, Triumph will enter a factory effort in collaboration with PHR Performance to enter Isle of Man TT record-holder Peter Hickman and BSB race winner, Richard Cooper, while Lee Johnston will use the Daytona 200 as his comeback event following ten months out through injury on a Suzuki.

In addition, Endurance World Champions YART (Yamaha Austria Racing Team) will enter three R6s for its riders Karel Hanika, Marvin Fritz and Niccolo Canepa.

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