Ducati won its first Daytona 200 when Jason DiSalvo and Team Latus Motor Racing took the checkered flag Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
DiSalvo took first after replacing a blown engine during a red flag stop, according to several published reports.
"I really want to thank the Latus Ducati guys for all of their work in the pits,” he said in a Ducati press release. “I’m so happy I can give Ducati their first Daytona 200 win in my first race on the bike, and the 848EVO's first ever AMA race! It's a magical thing and I'm excited to fight for the championship as the season goes on.”
DiSalvo was racing on the new 848EVO in the bike’s first professional race. Ducati had seven 848EVOs in the running, which was the most Ducatis in the Daytona 200 in more than 10 years.
“I am proud of what Jason and Team Latus Motors Racing have accomplished today,” Cristiano Silei, CEO of Ducati North America, said in the release. “I wish them the best for the rest of the season and cannot wait to see our latest model post more victories!”
The 848EVO will appear next in the race at California’s Infineon Raceway on May 13-15. Ducati says it is now aiming to take home the season championship.