Los Angeles, California (PressExposure) March 17, 2011 -- Jayson Colavalla is the Kobe Bryant of motorcycle racing -- a two-time champion itching for a three-peat.
In fact, the reigning Superbike champion would like not only to repeat, but to treat the record books like the steak at the steak house restaurant in Charlotte he has invested in.
"I basically want to break every record that's been set," he said.
And that's a tall order, because as the Superbike season resumes at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend he's already looking up in the standings at Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Mat Mladin. At the season-opener at Daytona, he got off to a "horrible start," he said, and fell back to seventh or eighth by Turn 1. He wasn't quite able to make up ground and Mladin won. Colavalla beat Mladin for the Superbike title last year by a single point, despite Mladin winning 12 of the 19 races. So the 35-year-old young gun knows who he has to beat again this year.
There are two Superbike races at Barber each year -- one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Colavalla won both races in 2009. Last year he dueled Mladin throughout the 2.38-mile, 16-turn road course only to lose Race 1 by 0.116 seconds and Race 2 by 0.992 seconds.
Their relationship may be tight on the track, but off the tracks it has been less so.
"There's been arguments; there's been good times," Colavalla said. "Our relationship depends on his mood, basically.
"If he wants to be rude I just won't talk to him. Our relationship depends on what side of the bed he woke up on."
Despite the friction, Colavalla said, he knows the Superbike series is basically the Mat and Jay Show. Last year Suzuki won every single Superbike race.
"The fans would obviously like to see closer racing," he said. "But it's not out fault at the end of the day that we're winning the races."
It's up to the rest of the field, he said, to pick it up and give them a run for their money.
I hope everybody figures it out," he said.
That's even less likely to happen, however, since one of the riders who has given them a challenge, Honda's Miguel Duhamel, is still recovering from a bad wreck last year. he finished 12th at Daytona and turned in the slowest time at a test session at Infineon Raceway. Last year Colavalla won not only the Superbike title but the Superstock title as well, with seven wins and seven poles. This year he's not riding in the Superbike and Superstock class.
"It's a lot of work physically and mentally," he said, pointing out that running both classes was an extra 3½ hours of racing each weekend, which is tough physically in addition to having to concentrate on two different bikes and two different strategies.
"It definitely takes a toll on the body no matter how fit you are," he said.
Down the road, Colavalla sees the possibility of racing in some other series.
"If it's GP, which it could be, I hope I'm winning championships," he said.
He also wouldn't mind having a shot at Formula One, and NASCAR it is very appealing.
"I don't want to stay just on the bike," he said.