This just in off of Cycle News: "Former 125cc National MX Champion Mike Brown will not race for the CAS Honda in the 2005 MX2 Motocross Championship. CAS Honda team owner Harry Ainsworth said that negotiations broke down and the team will now set their goals toward winning the MX1 World Motocross Championship with New Zealand's Josh Coppins. "After a meeting with the team personnel, we have decided not to go with Brown," Ainsworth said. "After a long negotiation period we have decided it is better to put all our efforts into backing Josh to win the MX1 championship. We felt it would be better for the team and for Josh if we put all out efforts into his fight for the title. We are also looking at Jussi Vehvilainen finishing top five in the class and I think if we do everything a little better we can reach our goals for 05. The complete team needs to work harder and be a little more proffesional, and then we can be a success." Ainsworth knows that working with just two riders in 2005 will give the team the best chance to take Coppins to that elusive World title. He also knows that while Brown might have been a great addition to the team he was not sure of winning in Europe, and was not guaranteeing the CAS team a World Motocross Championship, or even more exposure. "We could have gone with Brown, but it might not have turned out, he's a good rider, but the way it would have worked we could have put a big effort in and come up with nothing, it was a big gamble, financially and also doubling the work load for the team, and at this stage we felt it better to do one thing correct, than two things wrong." CAS Honda is now busy moving their workshops to Belgium where they will work out of their new facility throughout the 2005 season, giving them an easy working situation with most of the Grand Prix rounds are on the continent." Ouch, not a big Brown fan, but that hurts.