New Yoshimura Support Team –
Lost Creek/Yoshimura/Suzuki Signs on Joe
Chino, CA – March 6, 2007 - Lost Creek Cycles
has signed Joe Haavisto to join Jason "Dunk"
Dunkelberger on the newly formed Lost
Creek/Yoshimura/Suzuki racing squad. The
likeable Northeastern rider is ready to rip in
the new Lost Creek Cycles rig. Both riders will
campaign Suzuki LT-R450 racing quads equipped
with full Yoshimura engine modifications.
Back in the day, Kevin Mummah of Lost Creek
Cycles did what every passionate rider does. He
loaded up the pick-up truck with a couple of
buddies and hit the local ATV race scene. It was
a natural. He'd wrench. They'd race. They'd
break it. He'd fix it.
Over the years, he assembled and dedicated
his resources to fielding a competitive Pro race
team. In 2001 he did just that by hooking up
with Jason "Dunk" Dunkelberger. Dunk's speed on
the track and Kevin's good business sense and
passion for the sport brought Dunk a 7th overall
in the WPSA SuperQuad Pro Series in '06 and the
attention of American Suzuki and Yoshimura. For
2007, the team will be the official ATV Suzuki
Mummah now finds himself with a new paint job
and a premium rig location next to the mother
ship "Team MSR/Pro Taper/Suzuki/Yoshimura". This
is a far cry from his early racing rigs. In
fact, the team's success can be measured in
trailer size. Starting with an open snowmobile
trailer, the team rigs grew to a 20' enclosed,
then 24', then a 38' gooseneck to finally a
palatial motor home. Well, maybe not quite that
fancy but more comfortable than that first
Now, in 2007 the bigger truck called out for
a second rider. So, Kevin promptly signed up Joe
Haavisto as the second pro rider. Joe is coming
off of a good season placing 8th in the ATVA GNC
series. An injury sidelined him and kept him
from making 2006 a "great" season.
"I'm really excited about hooking up with
Dunk and Kevin and riding the LT-R450," Joe
remarked. "The bikes are top-notch. We've been
testing, trying different combinations, and
everything is pretty much dialed in. We're ready
to go race."
Rod Lopusnak of American Suzuki is also
pumped about the new relationship: "We're really
excited to be a team player with Team Lost
Creek/Yoshimura/Suzuki. This is a perfect
example of how Suzuki is taking a leadership
role in ATV racing. In regard to Joe, he totally
impressed everyone last year; he showed a lot of
promise and ability and this year he's proving
everyone right and going really fast."
It's still all just sinking in for Kevin.
"It's amazing to be a part of the Suzuki racing
efforts. Rod bent over backwards for us. He's
got the vision and the drive to get things done.
Suzuki takes racing very seriously."
Dunk is fired up for the 2007 season as well.
"It's time to show everybody what I can do. And
I plan on doing that this year. Riding with guys
like Doug Gust was like playing basketball as a
kid defending Michael Jordon. This year I want
to show what I learned from them."
While both Joe and Dunk have completely
different styles, each has their own strengths.
"I'm looking forward to playing off each other,"
Dunk explained about his new teammate.
Yoshimura's Brant Russell is equally excited
about the new team. "Yoshimura is 100% behind
growing the sport and supporting a talented team
like Kevin's demonstrates our level of
commitment. Kevin also fields a large and very
impressive amateur team with some great kids
riding for him. We especially like being
involved helping this group move up."
KBC Helmets, MSR and Cernic's have also
joined in the growing list of Sponsors for 2007.
This is the KBC's debut sponsorship in the ATV
Lost Creek/Yoshimura/Suzuki Program
JB Racing, MSR, KBC Helmets, Maxxis,
Cernic's, Rath Racing, Fox Shocks, Motul, Tag
Metals, Hinson, Douglas, Velocity, CV4, DP
Brakes, Generation X, PowerMadd