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Feb 21, 2001

Deal Fell Apart When Competition Accessories Wouldn't Charter Jet For PR Appearances And Hire Personal Suspension And Computer Technician, Kocinski Associate Says

Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

According to a source close to former Superbike World Champion John Kocinski, contract talks between Kocinski and Competition Accessories Ducati broke down over Kocinski's requirements that Mike Watt be hired as his personal Ohlins suspension technician, that he be supplied with his own data acquisition technician and that he be provided with a chartered private jet whenever he had to attend a press or promotional function. Mechanics specified by Kocinski had already been hired by the team.

When Competition Accessories Ducati could not meet his new demands, Kocinski decided not to sign a contract, electing instead to concentrate on his new career as a real estate speculator and developer.

Aaron Slight has replaced Kocinski on the Competition Accessories Ducati team for the 2001 season.

Roadracing World was unable to contact Kocinski prior to post time.