FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN™
ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 2004 SEASON
Amateur motocross, National Arenacross,
off-road and ATV racing get underway
Calif. -- Team Green, the amateur racing support program
created by Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., announced the lineup
of racers who will compete under the Team Green banner in a
variety of national amateur motocross, Arenacross, off-road
and ATV events in 2004.
Team Green Manager Reid Nordin said the 2004 lineup brings
some fresh new faces to Kawasaki?s racing efforts.
"This year, we have a good mix of young riders with a lot of
talent and some highly experienced veterans who have what it
takes to win championships," said Nordin. "We're confident
they'll do well in 2004."
Competing in the U.S. National Arenacross Series will be Team
Green racers Darcy Lange of Courtenay, British Columbia; Shawn
Clark of Montgomery, Ind.; and Jeff Northrop of Concord,
Calif. All three riders will compete in the 125c Pro class
aboard Kawasaki's new four-stroke KX250F motorcycle. They will
also compete in the 250cc Pro class aboard Kawasaki's
venerable two-stroke KX250 motocross bike.
In AMA Amateur Motocross, Nordin says Team Green will
represented by more than 55 riders nationwide. Leading the
charge are team members Matt Boni of Oviedo, Fla.; Kyle
Chisolm of Seminole, Fla.; Ryan Sipes of Vinegrove, Ky.; and
Ryan Villopoto of Poulsbo, Wash. While Chisolm, Boni and Sipes
will compete on Kawasaki KX125, KX250F and KX250 motocross
bikes, Villopoto will ride Kawasaki KX85 and KX100 motocross
Team Green's off-road racing efforts will be spearheaded by
racing veterans Destry Abbott of Peoria, Ariz.; Jeff Fredette
of Beecher, Ill.; and Chuck Woodford of St. Clairesville,
Ohio. For 2004, they are joined by multi-time hare scrambles
and enduro champion Steve Hatch of Scottsdale, Ariz. Abbott
will compete in the AMA National Hare & Hound Series and the
World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) aboard a variety of
Kawasaki motorcycles, including the new KX250F. Hatch and
Woodford will compete in the Grand National Cross Country
(GNCC) series aboard KX250 and KX250F motocross bikes, while
Fredette will pilot a KDX220 and KX250F in the Parts Unlimited
Series and other select off-road events.
In GNCC ATV racing, 2003 Utility Stock ATV champion Mike
Penland of Rabun Gap, Ga., returns to defend his title aboard
a Kawasaki Prairie®
700 4x4 ATV. He is joined by 2003 Utility Modified ATV
champion Scott Kilby who will also race a Prairie 700 4x4.
Team Green ATV racer and 2003 Vet class champion Bryan Hulsey
returns for 2004 to compete in the Vet A class aboard a
ATV, while new team member Bryan Baker of Knob Noster, Mo.,
will race a KFX700 V Force in the Open A class.
In addition to fielding race teams, Team Green also provides
regional support vehicles and highly trained technicians at
more than 100 other events, offering technical information and
assistance to those who race Kawasaki products. Kawasaki also
offers a comprehensive contingency program for amateur and
professional riders who place well at designated events.
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., (KMC) markets and sells at
wholesale Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, JET SKI®
utility vehicles, power products and small engines. These
product lines are sold through a network of more than 1,500
independent retailers. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly
2,400 people in the United States, with approximately 400 of
them located at the Irvine, California headquarters.
Kawasaki's heritage of creating high-performance recreational
vehicles and its tagline, "Let the good times roll™",
are recognized worldwide. With its illustrious history of
breaking performance barriers with such product lines as the
world-renowned NINJA® sportbikes and JET SKI® personal
watercraft, Kawasaki is aggressively carrying this heritage of
pioneering leading-edge design and performance products into
the 21st century.
Information about Kawasaki's complete line of recreational
products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet
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