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Yoshimura

New Yoshimura Support Team
Lost Creek/Yoshimura/Suzuki Signs on Joe Haavisto


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 Support Team.

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 pickup.

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 racing world.

Lost Creek/Yoshimura/Suzuki Program Partners
JB Racing, MSR, KBC Helmets, Maxxis, Cernic's, Rath Racing, Fox Shocks, Motul, Tag Metals, Hinson, Douglas, Velocity, CV4, DP Brakes, Generation X, PowerMadd


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