MotoworldRacing.com signs with Suzuki, new riders for 2002
Colorado Springs CO – Motoworld Racing.com announced signing with American Suzuki Motor Corporation for the 2002 AMA/EA Sports Supercross Series and AMA/Chevy Trucks US Motocross Series. They have also signed Justin Buckelew, Ben Riddle, Andrew Short and resigned Damon Huffman for 2002. The team additionally signed agreements under which they will be using RG3 Suspension and Bill’s Pipes exclusively in 2002.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Suzuki because they are really behind us for next year. With the help of Suzuki, Bills Pipes and RG3, we are confident that we will be on the best equipment possible. We are also very honored to have the chance to work with the riders we have signed. The combination of our riders and sponsors create exciting possibilities for next season. All in all it looks like 2002 will be a great year for us,” said Team Owner/Manager Paul Lindsey.
Justin Buckelew, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a shot at a 125 title, coming off a third place finish in this season’s 125 West class. Ben Riddle, from Campbellsville, Kentucky, a former multiple AMA Amateur National title winner at Loretta Lynn’s will be entering his second year as a pro. Andrew Short, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, won the 125 Pro/Sport class at the 2001 AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. At 19, Short is one of the nation’s premier up-and-coming young riders. Damon Huffman, from Valencia, California, has a solid professional racing resume that includes two 250 AMA Supercross wins, two AMA US Motocross Championship wins and a win at the inaugural US Open. While riding for Suzuki, Huffman was also the 1994 and 1995 125 West Supercross Champion. He finished the 2001 Supercross season as the top privateer, 11th in the overall points standings.
MotoworldRacing.com also announced creation of the new position of “Crew Chief” and has retained the services of Ed Lonacre, to fill the position. Lonacre served as Damon Huffman’s mechanic in 2001.
“We are excited about Ed tackling the heavy responsibilities that come with being a crew chief, working hand in hand with Suzuki, and our other sponsors to make sure that we have the best bikes out there,” said Paul Lindsay who will continue as Motoworld.comRacing Team Owner/Team Manager.
“With the new team sponsors, we leave behind some old friends. We have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship with Yamaha, and it was a difficult decision for us to make,” Lindsey said. He added. “I have personally developed relationships with FMF, Varner Motorsports, and Enzo Racing and those were also very difficult decisions. We sincerely thank them for all of their help over the years.”
MotoworldRacing.com released Greg Schnell from the second year of his contract allowing him to pursue an opportunity with Yamaha of Troy to continue to ride the YZ 250F four-stroke.
“There are no hard feelings on either side of this mutual departure, and we wish him the best of luck next year,” said Lindsey.