reported that Animal and the Athertons have parted ways for the 2012 season:
"The story started back in 2002, the Athertons were juniors on Muddy Fox bikes and had big potential.
They were talented, raw, unpredictable and we loved them. From these early days we have seen Dan, Gee and Rachel develop with huge steps to be one of the sports most successful teams of all time. One thing hasn’t changed though, they ride their bikes with a single minded determination, skill and commitment that will keep them at the top sport for many years to come.
The Animal design team have proudly designed the team riding kit, trucks and look and have entered each season with a fresh and distinctive feel to the team...
Animal have been racing downhill bikes since 1994, the start of the original Animal team. A team that went on to include some of the best riders the sport has seen. Steve Geall, Tim Ponting, Greg Minnaar, Martyn Ashton and many more fantastic riders who all have played a part in helping to build the sport. The Athertons will confirm their apparel plans early in 2012. For Animal, we will take a break from team support. It’s hard to replace these guys. Instead we will focus on supporting individual youth riders, after all, that’s how it all started with the Athertons…"
Catch the full story with words and photos from the 10 years with the Atherton crew over on Dirt