Valentin Debise To Miss VIR; Cory West To Sub

Cory West will again fill in for the injured Valentin Debise this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise will miss the second round of the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship this coming weekend at Virginia International Raceway as he continues to recover from the injuries he suffered in the Daytona 200.

Debise will again be replaced by Cory West, a 33-year-old racing veteran from Arkansas. West earned a hard-fought podium finish in Supersport race one at Road Atlanta and currently sits third in the 2018 Supersport Championship after two races.

Debise has opted to stay in France and continue to recover after failing to gain medical clearance to ride. Contacted at home, Debise said, “My doctor in France advised me to not ride again in an effort to let the fracture at L1 fully heal. I’m disappointed, but I have to do what the doctor says is best for my long-term health. I will stay in France and continue to train and work with my physio so I am ready for Road America.”

Having a race weekend under his belt at Road Atlanta followed by a week of instructing at the Texas Tornado Boot Camp, West said, “I’m feeling really good heading into VIR after a successful weekend at Road Atlanta. It won’t be as overwhelming as Atlanta since I already have a weekend riding the Suzuki GSX-R600 and working with the Team Hammer crew. Hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling and get a few more podium finishes for the M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team.”
Debise is expected to return for the third round of the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, scheduled at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on June 1-3.