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Jason DiSalvo at Barber Vintage Festival

by Richard Backus

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 Jason DiSalvo at Barber, 2011 
Jason DiSalvo at Barber June 17, 2011. Photo: Brian J. Nelson. Source: 

Rising champion Jason DiSalvo will headline the roster of speakers at this year’s Motorcycles by Moonlight dinner and fundraiser, held the Friday night of the 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. Ducati riding DiSalvo will be joined at the dinner by Cook Neilson and Paul Smart, with motorsports commentator Alain de Cadenet moderating.

DiSalvo’s attendance will be a great addition to Ducstock, the National Ducati Rally being held during the annual Barber Vintage Festival. In March, DiSalvo and Team Latus Motors gave Ducati its first-ever Daytona 200 victory. The event will also give DiSalvo, who rode his Ducati to fifth and sixth place finishes at the Daytona Sportbike races held at Barber June 23, a chance to enjoy the Barber scene with a bit more leisure.

Joining DiSalvo for Motorcycles by Moonlight will be Cook Neilson, who made history in 1977 when he and fellow Cycle editor Phil Shilling rode their Ducati 750SS - Old Blue - to first place at Daytona in the second year of AMA Superbike racing, and Paul Smart, who launched Ducati onto the modern world racing stage when he won Italy’s Imola 200 on Ducati’s then-new 750 in 1972.

Keeping the trio talking will be former Le Mans race driver and internationally-known motorsports commentator Alain de Cadenet. – Richard Backus