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Apr 6, 2011

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada Announces "Full Commitment" To XR1200 Cup Series In Canada

DEELEY HARLEY-DAVIDSON® CANADA PREPARES FOR A BIG LAUNCH OF THE XR1200® SERIES

A Busy Grid and an Enthusiastic Audience Are To Be Expected

CONCORD, ONTARIO

Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is proud to announce a full commitment to running the highly anticipated Harley-Davidson® XR1200® Cup Series in Canada in 2011. With the potential of veterans such as Steve Crevier participating in the series, the XR1200® Cup Series promises to become a captivating and entertaining show of passion, performance and artistry in racing.

After the recent announcement of the launch of www.csbk.ca, hosted by the newly appointed management company of the Canadian Superbike Championship, Frontline CSBK Inc., Darren James, owner and racer #29 for Ruthless Racing Inc. commented, "To see this XR1200® Series kick off in Canada in 2011 is a dream coming true. I have wanted nothing more than to make sure we start with a full grid, so it's amazing to see the level of enthusiasm of riders wanting to participate in this new Harley[-Davidson®] Racing series. Who knows, we may have to actually hold qualifiers for the XR1200® Series this time next year! The feedback we have received so far is great. Guys love the fact that they can easily alternate U.S. AMA race dates with our Canadian racing events. I am very grateful for the support that Vance & Hines and Elka Suspension are giving the series. It's going to be a ton of fun out there!"

Together with the established Floridian Racer #123, Dave Estok, Darren James, Manager of Ruthless Racing Inc., will be competing in two classes this year the Harley-Davidson® XR1200® Cup Series and the Pro Sport Bike Class. The two-rider team will be racing on Harley-Davidson® and BuellTM motorcycles, respectively, prepared by Ruthless Racing Inc.

Having won the 1996 Harley-Davidson® 883 World Championship and in the same year the BuellTM Lightning® Championship, Dave Estok brings a wealth of experience, which will prove to be consequential in the upcoming racing season. Dave also has three ASRA Thunder Bike Championships under his belt (2003, 2005 and 2007) and has been participating in the Canadian Superbike Series for the last five years. Most recently, Dave put forth a strong fourth place finish in the Pro Sport Bike Series in 2010.

On the other hand, Darren James has two Canadian National Thunder Bike Championships (2005 and 2006) and a CCS National Thunder Bike Championship in Daytona (2003) under his belt. Teamed up with the renowned Jeremy McWilliams, Darren spent the 2010 season racing for Warr's Harley-Davidson in the U.K. and participated in the Harley-Davidson® XR1200® Trophy Series in the British Superbike Series. Darren finished fourth overall for the year, while teammate McWillams took the Championship.