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Sep 17, 2001

With Connell Hurt, AMS Ducati Pulls Out Of Formula USA

From a press release issued by Ducati:<BR><BR>Craig Connell withdraws from Formula USA<BR><BR>Pompton Plains, NJ, September 17, 2001: AMS Ducati Performance Racing are withdrawing from the Formula USA series after their sole rider, Craig Connell, was injured at the fifth round held at Portland International Raceway on September 9. The Australian rider suffered a break at the socket of his right arm and broken ribs in the unavoidable crash, caused by a fallen motorcycle. Famed Californian surgeon, Dr. Ting, has since treated him and successfully inserted a plate over the damaged joint. He expects a full recovery for Craig.<BR><BR>"It was one of those weekends you rather forget," said Team Owner Jeff Nash. "Obviously we are disappointed but we are happy to know Craig is alright and will recover from the injuries."<BR><BR>At the time of the crash, Connell was sitting third in the point standings and was leading the series for the first three rounds.<BR><BR>AMS Ducati Performance Racing would like to thank their sponsors and fans for their well wishes and offers of support.<BR>