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Jan 13, 2001

No GP Tech Yamaha Ride For Derek King After All

Derek MacKelvie King's ride with GP Tech Yamaha for 2001 has fallen apart, and King is looking for another ride. "It was just some internal disagreements," said King, who finished second in the 2000 Aprilia Cup Challenge Series and won an AMA 250cc Grand Prix race at Loudon in 1999.

"We couldn't come to contract agreements and just went ahead with Chuck Sorensen for the year and more than likely we're gonna have Simon Turner riding also," said GP Tech Yamaha Team Owner Geoff Maloney when asked about King. Maloney had earlier issued a press release announcing that the team would run King along with 1999 and 2000 AMA 250cc Grand Prix Champion Sorensen.

Turner, 31, finished sixth in the 1998 British 250cc Series and had four podium finishes in the 2000 Irish Stock Sport Series, as well as winning an international Superbike race at Mondello Park. Turner also has experience riding a Honda NSR500V, and sampled racing in the Southeastern U.S. in 1999 while riding under the Irish Bike magazine banner.