H-D Restructuring Superbike Program

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Harley-Davidson released this information regarding the Superbike team today:

Harley-Davidson Dedicates 2001 Race Season to Rebuilding VR 1000 Superbike Program

Company to Increase Resources, Restructure Developmentand Organization of Race Team

MILWAUKEE, WIS. (Jan. 28, 2001) - Focused onstrengthening its VR 1000 Superbike racing program,Harley-Davidson will devote 2001 to a rebuilding effort, thecompany announced today. Among several initiatives,Harley-Davidson will restructure and expand the developmentprogram of the VR 1000.

"We've begun an aggressive effort we believe is necessary tomove the program forward," said John Baker, director ofracing. "The 2001 racing season will be a rebuilding year. Butthis change is necessary to get us where we expect to be inthe future."

Increased funding will drive the development program, andprovide greater resources in both manpower and hardware.

Organizationally, the new development effort will be focusedinternally. As a result, engineers from Harley-DavidsonResearch and Development will work in close concert withpartners at Buell, and will begin work immediately to realizethe performance potential of the VR 1000.

"By tapping our vast internal engineering capabilities, we'reconfident we can improve," said Baker. "Our racers, PascalPicotte and Mike Smith, are excited about the new directionof development and the rewards it will bring the program inthe future."

Harley-Davidson will increase its involvement with CosworthRacing and Ford Racing and continue its long association withGemini Racing Technologies, which will maintain somedevelopment duties and provide all race team operationfunctions.

"We expect our partnerships with Cosworth Racing, FordRacing and Gemini Racing will yield results, and we're pleasedto continue our relationship with them," said Baker.

Harley-Davidson's VR 1000 Superbike team will open the AMAseason March 7-11 at the Daytona 200 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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