Meklau to Replace Russell

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Much speculation has surrounded the two Ducati North American factorySuperbike teams since the Daytona 200, when Scott Russell was sidelined withinjuries and Aaron Slight retired from motorcycle sports.

There have been some changes to thestructure of both teams since the first round in Daytona, but both TeamBosses, Mitch Hansen and Tim Pritchard, respectively, have assembled crewsthat will take them into battle for the rest of the AMA Championship. HMC Ducati Racingand the Competition Accessories Ducati Team will continue to receive thefull support of Ducati North America...

Scott Russell won't be in the line-up for Sears Point this weekend, and although he isrecovering well from his injuries, it is impossible to say when the formerWorld Champion will return to the grid. His teammate, Steve Rapp, will stayon and former Pro Superbike Champion and top World Superbike privateer,Andreas Meklau, will join him.

Meklau brings with him his long-time sponsor,Remus, which has come on board as one of HMC's major sponsors. Remus is theworld's largest producer of racing exhaust systems and has sponsored manyEuropean motorsport teams.

Team Owner, Mitch Hansen, says with certainty that Russell is not beingreplaced: "Scott's bikes will be waiting for him if and when he's ready tocome back this season. We will restructure the team to run three riders ifnecessary.

"We had some bad luck at Daytona, but I'm confident Steve and Andreas willrapidly turn things around. I'm proud of the team we've put together andhave no doubt that the rest of the season will produce the results we'vebeen looking for."

There are no big announcements from the Competition Accessories Ducati squad --yet. Team Manger, Tim Pritchard, says there are sponsorship developments inthe pipeline, but certainly nothing he is ready to disclose.

In his second season with Competition Accessories Ducati, Larry Pegram hashigh hopes for the second round of the AMA Chevy Truck SuperbikeChampionship and as the sole rider, he certainly has the best technical helphe could possibly ask for. "The key ingredient," says Pritchard, "not justfor Sears, but for the rest of the season, is having the best team structurepossible. I'm confident that we have two of the best technicians in theworld and when this confidence is carried over to our riders, the resultsshow."

HMC DUCATI RACING TEAM:Mitch Hansen Team OwnerAlistair Wager Team ManagerOwen Coles Crew Chief/Engine BuilderVittorio Bolognesi Data recording EngineerStig Pettersson Suspension EngineerSteve Rapp's crew:Anthony "Slick" Bass Chief Technician/Chassis SpecialistRichard Boyd TechnicianPatrick Neph MechanicAndreas Meklau's crew:Charly Putz Chief Technician/Engine BuilderMark Sutton TechnicianMike Neph MechanicCOMPETITION ACCESSORIES:Tim Pritchard Team ManagerTom Pavoni Press OfficerPietro Comandini Data TechnicianLarry Pegram's crew:Kazuhiko Matsumoto Crew ChiefMassimo Capanna TechnicianClaudio Peirreti Technician/Engine BuilderScott Orehek Mechanic
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