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By VeloNews Interactive
What had been rumored for months finally became official on Tuesday, when it was announced that world downhill champion Greg Minnaar was leaving Haro-Lee Dungarees to ride for Honda.
In a news release issued by Haro, company president and CEO Jim Ford said “Greg is both a great person and a great athlete, but we choose not to match an offer presented to Greg to ride for Honda in 2004. Although the financial terms of the offer were significant, money wasn’t the real issue. Greg and I talked and after hearing his desire to work with Honda on this project, I felt that it was best for both of us to end the relationship on a positive note.”
Minnaar had nothing but praise for the American bike maker that he was leaving behind after only one year.
“Obviously this was a difficult decision for me after having had such a great year with the Haro team and all they have done for me,” he said. “I have been very fortunate in my career already, and I am very much indebted to all at Haro for their support and genuine loyalty this year.”
At this point Haro has no plans to replace Minnaar and will instead rely on Australian Mick Hannah to pick up where the South African left off.
Specific details on the new Honda team have yet to be released.