Team Plano Honda announced today that they will not continue in their racing efforts in the 2003season. After a very difficult year on and off the race track, team owner Steve Wagner has decided to focus more onhis family and less on motorcycles. “I have sold the shop to a group of investors and I am disbanding the race team. This is hard for me with the passion I have for motocross racing and the people in the sport,” said Wagneron Wednesday morning. By not being able to collect the monies owed to the team from the Shark Energy Drink company, the team was left in financial ruin and will be unable to sustain itself for another year. “It is a verytough thing to run a race team and my hat goes off to every team manager and owner of the many teams outthere. With the current state of the economy, it is getting harder and harder to keep up with the demands of racingon the upper level. We could still be out there racing next year had our primary sponsor fulfilled their agreement,”said Wagner.
Plano Honda racing started in 1999 with Grayson Goodman in a box van, and quickly grew into a full fledgedA-Class race team by 2000 when it purchased an 18 Wheeler and hired Kenny Watson as team manager. Aftermany successes on the track, it is important to thank all the sponsors that have helped the team out over the lastfour seasons. We would like to thank Honda, Pro Circuit, Showa, Pro Honda Oils, Alpinestars, Michelin, ProGrip, Etnies, VP Fuels, Hinson, Braking, Renthal, Mechanix Wear, Works Connection, V-Force, UFO, APDesigns, Motion Pro, Twin Air, Factory Effex, Tsubaki, Dunlop, Scott, Gaerne, MSR, Shoei, Fetish, Berkeys,Action Sports Management, and all the others that helped out over the years.
Plano Honda will be missed by the entire MX/SX community and it is sad to see a team of any magnitude leavethe sport at this time. Everybody at Plano Honda and Plano Racing would like to say thank you to our sponsorsand our many fans.