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Team Seven Yamaha 2008 team announcement

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Team Seven Yamaha are raring to go in 2008 with a strong rider line-up
Team Seven Yamaha has today announced its rider line up for the 2008 motocross and supercross seasons. Tom Jones, Kirk Gibbs and Shaun Williamson have been retained from 2007 whilst marquee rider and excitement machine, Danny Ham has been added into the mix. After a mixed year in 2007 with heavy injuries to all riders at sometime during the season, including the unfortunate accident of #711 Bronte Holland, there is a huge air of expectation surrounding Team Seven in 2008 with all riders fully fit and raring to go. Jones who rode the entire 2007 Pro Open series carrying injury after injury has been training extremely hard both on and off the bike throughout the summer break. The "Bulldog" feels he is back to his 2006 form when he finished 6th overall in the MX Nationals. "I believe that I am lot better prepared for the 08 season after spending 07 adjusting to the yamaha as well as a few niggling injuries here and there. I have spent the summer training hard so I can perform consistently at a higher level in order to crack the top 5 in the outdoor series. Top 5 is my definitve goal for 2008. Riding for Yamaha is a real privilege. To be surrounded by people that want to help you achieve your goals enables me to focus 100% on getting results that are required by myself, team 07 and Yamaha" says Jones. After being team 07's sole shining light last year, where he finished 3rd overall in the inaugural under 19 championship Kirk Gibbs #56 steps up to fill the Pro Lite ride. If his continued form at the 2007 Oceania event is anything to go by the smiling assassin is definitely the one to watch out for consistently surprising everyone bar himself with his results in pro lite events. What makes Gibbs' 2007 U19 effort even more astonishing is he rode the first 2 rounds last year with a broken wrist so it is quite possible he could have finished higher up the under 19 ladder. "This is my first full season in the pro lites. After riding 3 rounds in the lites series i know I can run with the top guys so I will definitely be gunning for my share of podium action in 2008. I just have to thank all the crew at team seven, Yamaha and all our sponsors for their continued support." stated Gibbs. Williamson, the 2005 National U15 junior supercross champion, is making a fresh start to his senior career after breaking his wrist three times in 2006/2007. He competed in the last 5 rounds of the 2007 pro lite championship and eased his way back into racing with some good solid results coming in the last couple of rounds. Williamson was also a stand out the recent Stephen Gall riding academy conducted at the AIS. "To be representing team 07 and Yamaha in the 2008 under 19 series is a real honour. I have been working really hard over the summer break to ensure I am on the gas come raceday. Team 07 have put together a great bike this year and I will be leaving no stone unturned in the chase for the number 1 plate for them and Yamaha. Danny Ham riding under #968 in the Pro Opens is chomping at the bit after a knee reconstruction put him out of action in 2007 after winning round 1 of the 2006/07 supercross series in Perth. Obviously Team Seven are extremely happy to be signing Danny who will be out to prove you don't write off champions. "While it was a really great opportunity to be a commentator for a year whilst my recovering from my injury it was simply too hard being stuck on the gate. Team 07 and Yamaha have given me the opportunity to resurrect my career and I will be giving it everything to win championships for the Team 07 Yamaha and its sponsors. Team Seven owner Mark Haughton in just his 3rd year in the business has put together a very strong team for 2008. Always seen as the underdog he loves nothing more than knocking off the more fancied factory teams when the opportunity arises and this year he firmly believes that all riders will feature on 2008 podiums. "To be honest considering the strength of the line up we had in 2007, it was a pretty disappointing year, bar Gibbsy's 3rd in the u19's. When Bronte went down it hit our team harder than most people realized or understood and so you can be guaranteed, like the inspirational Holland has requested, we will come out fighting in 2008. "I am really impressed with the maturity shown by Shaun Williamson to ride the under 19's as it will be great opportunity for him to show everyone he has got the speed and talent that we at Team Seven know he possess'. Tom and Kirk are both on fire and will be breathing down the neck of more profile riders. To me signing Danny Ham has been the one that got away from the other teams. I had many conversations with Danny during 2007 whilst he was in commentating mode and he is extremely hungry to nail that championship he knows is very capable of winning. "I can't speak highly of all the crew at Yamaha Australia, especially Cheryl Muldoon and our sponsors who are fully supporting Team Seven again in 2008. With all our pre season work going into 2008 we will be a force to be reckoned with" commented Haughton. As per normal Team 07 are giving out a "support ride" to a rider and this year it goes to Ricky Girdwood of Pt Augusta

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