Hans Laske, a long-time crew member and truck driver for multiple AMA Pro/MotoAmerica Superbike teams, died suddenly June 20 at his home in Temecula, California.
News of Laske’s death was relayed to Roadracingworld.com by former Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Rich Doan, who spoke to Laske’s family.
Laske drove the tractor-trailer race hauler for the American Honda factory race team for several years before joining Yoshimura Suzuki as its primary truck driver/crew member in 1999.
During his 20 years with Yoshimura Suzuki, Laske was part of 11 AMA Pro/MotoAmerica Superbike Championship efforts: seven with Mat Mladin, three with Ben Spies, and one with Toni Elias.
Laske often joked that he was the winngest truck driver in the paddock.
In addition to driving, looking after the team’s trucks and pit equipment, and running the team’s hospitality, Laske also worked as a spotter and operated the pit board for Spies.
When Yoshimura Racing’s MotoAmerica Superbike program ended, Laske went to work driving for Vance & Hines’ racing team.
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