Rapidly rising sales have resulted in the need for this dedicated position, says a press release from Jungle.
Hepworth raced for the Santa Cruz team last season, finishing 8th in the National Championships and Jungle says this will give him a riders eye view of the US-produced bikes.
"Its superb working for Santa Cruz knowing what the bikes are capable of. Were really pushing them hard this year with improved support and backup for all our dealers, said Hepworth.
The big boys had better watch out!"
Hepworth has pulled out of the team for this year. The Y2K team includes riders such as Rob Jarman, James Allaway and Chris Whitfield.
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