2016

3rd victory in a row for Danny Hart!

3rd victory in a row for Danny Hart!

This was it. This was the last world cup round in Valnord/ Andorra. We came to Valnord with 2 victories of Danny and a small chance of winning the overall title. Danny was 178 points of Aaron Gwin in the overall and so the door was open. Even it was just a small chance our goal was to make the impossible happen and so the focus was on the overall title.

The tension level was high as on one hand the overall was possible, but Danny’s current second spot was also not secured yet. With qualification and race there was a maximum of 250 points to collect and so the mission was basically “all or nothing”.

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Danny had a kind of cautious qualification run, while the others had perfect full on runs. Troy Brosnan won the qualification and Aaron Gwin got second, while Danny landed in 7th spot. Troy made some points up to Danny and with 200 points between Aaron and Danny the door for the overall was almost closed.

While Markus had a decent qualification run, which got him into 24th, Laurie struggled with a flat tire, but he made it into the finals because of the top 20 protection rule.

Again everything was prepared for a thrilling race and even the chance of winning the overall was just in theory alive, we kept working as it was possible. With the whole focus on this chance we didn’t really think about anything else we probably could win.

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Markus came down with a solid but not perfect run. Some small mistakes avoid a perfect run, but he still made it in the hot seat. A few riders weren’t able to beat his time and also Laurie rank himself right behind Markus. Just during the run of Laurie it slightly started to rain, but it was still okay as the track was so dusty, that the rain didn’t affect the conditions really.

Danny came down with a pinning all or nothing run. He knew he had to win to keep the chance for the overall title alive and he crossed the finish with almost 2,8 seconds ahead of the current leader Greg Minnar. 2 out of the last 6 riders remaining to coming down had a kind of home advantage, but not one of them was able to beat Danny’s time. Aaron Gwin was second last to come down and he knew that all he has to do to secure his overall title is to ride down the hill and cross the finish line and so he did. With Troy being the last man on the track and him being way back, the impossible and unexpected happen- 1 rider in 1st place and two other riders in the top ten made us winning the team of the day ranking. Absolutely happy with that it just turned out before the podium ceremony that we also won the UCI world cup team overall ranking by 1 point.

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This information was absolutely overwhelming all the work and investments finally paid off- 13 years after we found the MS-RACING program.

3 victories in a row, 3 riders in the top ten and winning the overall team title… there is no better way to finish the world cup season.

We are now heading to Val di Sole7 Italy for the 2016 world championships.

RESULTS:

Monte Saint Anne- Danny Hart wins again

Monte Saint Anne- Danny Hart wins again

What took Danny 5 years to accomplish for his first time he now managed to accomplish two times in a row- second world cup victory for Danny Hart.

With some awesome results in our bags we came to Monte Saint Anne, which always was a good venue for us as a team and also for the riders. The team won it’s first world cup here in 2006 with Chris Kovarik and with Steve Smith we had a vice world champion in 2010. Danny can look back on some podiums here in MSA and Laurie won his second junior worldcup.

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After we have been able to prove that we are able to win a world cup with our setup it was a big relief for us and we came to Mont Saint Anne as motivated as someone could be. It’s hard to put in words how much we were looking forward to come to MSA and race again as we knew that if everything comes together we might can win again.

With Danny and Laurie we already showed that we are good enough for fighting for the team overall ranking and with having Markus as a joker we were more than confident.

MSA offered the same perfect conditions as always for a great race. The track is known for its speed and this year it was even faster. 75km/h top speed in combination with a rough track separates the wheat from the chaff and mechanicals were on the agenda.

We started with some technical issues at the beginning, but the mechanics and riders found the perfect setups for the races to prevent mechanicals in their race runs.

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With a 2nd place Danny showed straight in the qualification that he would be again one of the aspirants for the win. Markus qualified in 13th position and Laurie struggled with a mechanical, but still ended up in 80th position.

Greenland ripped his saddle off during his qualie run and almost lost a couple of very important parts in the process. An 80th place finish meant he would have qualified by the skin of his... err teeth, even he wasn't a protected rider.

Greenland ripped his saddle off during his qualie run and almost lost a couple of very important parts in the process. An 80th place finish meant he would have qualified by the skin of his… err teeth, even he wasn’t a protected rider.

First to come down in the finals was Markus. He managed to transfer his performance from the qualification to his race run, crossed the finish line in 2nd and finished in 14th place in the end.

Laurie again had some bad luck with a mechanical and was not able to keep his bike on the track in the top sections. He tried hard to catch up some time, but the mechanical hold him back. He ended up in a very unhappy 46th place.

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Danny was the second last man of the race to come down. He changed his lines a bit from his qualification run and was able to set a time below 4 minutes. Now the pressure was on Aaron Gwin, who wasn’t able to catch up with Danny this time.

With Danny being in first and Aaron being 2nd in the 6th round of the 2016 world cup, the overall world cup is still not decided and open till the last round in Andorra.

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On top of the victory and the 14th place of Markus we got again second in the today’s team ranking and we have been able to defend our 2nd position in the team overall ranking.

For sure we came to Monte Saint Anne to succeed, but how it worked out is something you can’t expect. We are very thankful for these moments and want to thank all our supporters and sponsors.

 

Stay tuned for the last two races of the 2016 race season: world cup finals in Andorra and the world championships in Val di Sole.

 

RESULTS:

 

Lenzerheide- 5th UCI worldcup stop with a victory of Danny Hart

Lenzerheide- 5th UCI worldcup stop with a victory of Danny Hart

Lenzerheide/ Switzerland hosted the 5th round of the 2016 UCi MTB worldcup. Lenzerheide is one of those spots we really enjoy going to as the venue is situated in a nice area with a little lake and there is almost the touch of being on holidays- apart from that Lenzerheide offers a short, but firm track, which is always good for a tight and thrilling race.

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Danny came to Lenzerheide with a little handicap. Since the IXS cup in Schladming he suffered from a little fracture in his thumb, but with the okay of the doctors he was ready to race. Because of this handicap we didn’t see as many training runs in practice as we are used to. Laurie felt good on the track throughout the training sessions and he came to Lenzerheide with a win in his pocket from the former year in the junior’s race.

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His time back then was just 5 seconds of the win in the Elite category and this was a good reason for us to hope for more. Markus is lives thru a though period and missing that extra little bit of luck at the moment. He saw Lenzerheide as another chance to strike back and so he was fully motivated and committed, which is hard in this situation.

The race weekend started a little bit unexpected, but exciting considering circumstances. Markus wasn’t really able to connect his fast sections, but managed to finish in 34th position. The first big surprise was Laurie finishing 5th with just 2,35 seconds of 1st which was Danny. He had a solid but not perfect run and some of his competitors struggled, crashed or had a mechanical, but the result was still promising.

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The weather forecast showed constant weather conditions and so everything was arranged for a fair race. Markus was the first man to come down of our squad, but he crashed just 20 seconds out of the start house. The crashed ruined his chance on fighting back and so Markus finished in unsatisfied 76th position. Next to come down was Laurie. He passed the split time sin reach of the current hotseat, but missed it by just a few tenth of a second. Laurie finished in 13th spot which also got him into 13th place in the overall.

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Last man to come down was Danny this weekend. Aaron Gwin, who crashed in his qualification run, was the current leader and his time seemed to be unbeatable. Danny came into first split with 0,2 off Aarons time, lost a bit more to the 2nd split and came into 3rd split with almost 1 second off. The race for the win seemed to be done for Danny as non of the riders before made up time in the last section. Danny came into the 4th split and was just 0,4 seconds behind Aaron- there was room for hope. Danny crossed the finish line with 0,096 seconds ahead of Aaron Gwin. This was a big relieve for Danny as he hasn’t won a world cup race yet since he won the world championships in 2011. Finally the combination of a top rider, with the material of our sponsors and the support of the team got Danny into the position to accomplish this mission.

 

The results of Danny and Laurie got us in 2nd position in the team results and also in 2nd position in the UCI worldcup overall team ranking.

We leave Lenzerheide with happy faces and looking forward to the next race in Mont Saint Anne in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more news!

 

full results:

Leogang- 4th UCI worldcup stop 2016

Leogang- 4th UCI worldcup stop 2016

Like every year we came from Fort William to Leogang for the 4th round of the 2016 UCI world cup. With some top results in our pockets we were excited to race the next worldcup in Leogang/ Austria, which is one of our more preferred tracks: a home race with an awesome host in combination with a frequently changing track- what more can you ask for.

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Danny couldn’t really look back to a lot of experience on this track as he missed it 2 times over the past years. For Markus was it the home track, which might have been a little advantage for him and Laurie was just looking forward to race. The weather conditions were contrary to what we had in Fort William, but not as bad as we saw on the forecasts. It started with rain for the track walk day, got sunny and warm for the first day practice and changed back to miserable for qualification day.

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The organizers made some changes on the track, which caused some discussions, but ended with pleased riders as the track was as challenging as they are always asking for.

Danny showed again a solid and strong run in qualification, which took him into 4th. Markus played his cards close to the chest and got 26th and Laurie unfortunately crashed, but made it into the finals because of his protected status.

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Markus went into the race with a lot of expectations, but also with a good confidence. He had some good lines up the sleeve, but risk a little too much in front of his home crowd and crashed. Even he knew he wouldn’t get into the top 20 he tried to make some points at least. A mechanical as well as a last minute course direction change by the UCI hold him back to do so- unhappy 82nd place.

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Laurie was next to come down- he was on the hunt for the current leader and came with top splits thru the top section till he got stopped by the same moved pole as many other riders during this race. Even the same cause hold him back from a possible top 10, Laurie was happy with another top 20 result.

Again last to come down was Danny. Danny was in the direct duel with the current leader Troy Brosnan, who crossed the finish line with an advance of 4,5 seconds. Danny was off at split 1 and 2, was ahead at split 3 and lost 1,4 seconds till the finish- 4th place is maybe a little bit unlucky, but good enough to keep the 3rd sport in the world cup overall.

In total we had a good race with mixed feelings, but that’s racing right? Stay tuned for world cup #5 in Lenzerheide/ Switzerland.

Results

Fort William- 3rd UCI worldcup stop 2016

Fort William- 3rd UCI worldcup stop 2016

Boom- another podium for Danny Hart and Laurie Greenland enters the top 10.

3rd round of the 2016 UCI MTB worldcup ended with a 3rd place of Danny Hart, a 8th place of Laurie Greenland and a 31st place of Markus Pekoll.


Wow what a thrilling weekend. We came back to Fort William after the British national series a few weeks back. We knew that this will be our race and we were prepared for a podium and maybe more. Danny took the win at the national round, which was promising considering the well-staffed starter field.

From the very first time practice Danny was dominating the course of Fort William and he left no doubt on that he is one of the aspirants on the top box of the podium. Also Markus and Laurie did well in their training session and new that with a solid run they will easily make into the top 20.

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As mentioned Danny dominated the time practice with 2 seconds ahead of the closest competitor. This was promising and so we hoped for the sensation- the eagerly awaited world cup win.

Danny crashed in his qualifying round, which didn’t affect him too much and Laurie (15th) and Markus (13th) shone with 2 top 15 results- so everything was again prepared for the race.

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Because of the current ranking Markus was the first to come down. Unfortunately Markus crashed and couldn’t make up enough time to finish in the top 20. Markus ended up in 31st place, but made up some positions in the overall ranking. In between Markus and Danny the future winner Greg Minaar set a best time, which was 5 seconds faster than Danny’s best time over the weekend- Danny tried hard, made up a second from his best training time, but crossed the finish line in 2nd and finished 3rd in the end. Last man to come down of the MS Mondraker team was Laurie and he crossed the finish line in 3rd position. Laurie shared the hotseat with Greg and Danny for a while till he got replaced by Greg Williamson- Laurie finished in 8th position.

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The team finished 2nd overall this weekend and made up a spot in the overall team ranking. We are now 5th and working our way up in the ranking.

Now we are heading back to Austria to compete in our home race in Leogang. Stay tuned for more news…

Results

Cairns- 2nd UCI worldcup stop 2016

Cairns- 2nd UCI worldcup stop 2016

Solid race for the MS Mondraker team: Danny Hart in 11th place, newcomer Laurie with his 1sttop 15 result and Markus Pekoll within the reach…

 

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Round two of the 2016 UCi MTB world cup took place in Cairns/ Australia- the host of the 2017 UCI MTB world championships. Coming from Lourdes we expected very different conditions in comparison to France. Based on the experiences of 2014, we were prepared for a typical race in Australia’s rain season.

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From the moment of the course walk it was clear that the track conditions would be far of the ones in 2014, were we faced a mud battle. The track was bone dry during course walk and just changed for one afternoon with some rain. Usually the rain would be healthy for a dusty track like we saw during the course walk, but because of the special soil the surface became black ice, which result in a crash series during practice.

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With a little too conservative run after a crash in his last training session Markus became 41st in the qualification. Laurie Greenland went fully motivated in his quail run since he knew about his pace, proved two weeks ago. With a little technical handicap Laurie managed to qualify in 29th position. Also Danny was fully motivated after his first podium in Lourdes since 2014, even the track in Cairns was’t one of his strongest, but he qualified in solid 7th position.

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All riders knew that they would have more in the tank for the race and so they weren’t too worried about their qualifying results. Markus Pekoll was the first to come down this time and crossed the finish line with the feeling of a decent run, but the view on the timing board was sobering- Markus finished in 37th.
Laurie was again on a pinning run with the fastest splits thru all sections, but lost some time in the last pedaling section just before the finish line- newcomer Laurie finished in 15th position in his 2nd elite mountainbike world cup.
Danny was the first rider after a while coming down with top split times in the reach of the current leader Joshua Button, but didn’t had the faultless run you have to have to win a tight race like this. In the end Danny became 11th with 1.1 sec off the podium.

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Without a podium the results maybe don’t look as successful, but we are happy with the overall result: Danny kept his 4th overall position, Laurie is now top 20 in the overall and we made up some positions in the overall team ranking. In the end it was not a bad race for us at all. We have the pace, we know what we have to work on and we are looking forward to the upcoming events to close the gaps even more- stay tuned.

 

Check out The full results on www.uci.ch

Lourdes- 1st UCI worldcup stop 2016

Lourdes- 1st UCI worldcup stop 2016

Like in 2015 the 2016 worldcup season started with the race in Lourdes/ France. We were coming to Lourdes with mixed feelings- on one hand the track is super technical and maybe the track is a little bit too rough for the first race of the season plus the weather forecasts are never promising. On the other hand we had 2 podiums with Danny and Emmeline in 2015, which are more than positive memories.

We came to Lourdes with our full A team squad including Danny, Markus and Laurie Greenland, who is new for 2016. Also new for 2016 was our sponsor lineup and so the race becomes a kind of benchmark of where we stand with all the material testing and if we are in the position to attack podiums. After a long offseason we were hungry for going back racing especially as we invest a lot of time into preparation such as testing our new Maxxis tires and the new Fox suspension.

The weather conditions on the days before we arrived were terrible. It was raining for a couple of days and the race site was partly flooded. The organizers put a lot of effort in preparing the track so it will be race ready, but even we know about all the work we know that this track will separate the wheat from the chaff.

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The practice days were affected by rain and temperatures around 7 to 10 degrees, which were not the best conditions for starting a race season. It was hard to get thru those days with keeping the riders in one piece.

On qualifying day Danny started with a pretty bad crash in morning practice, where he broke his helmet. Maybe a little bit handicapped by this crash he went into his quail run and crashed again, which was not the best start into a worldcup season- Danny finished in 23rd position in qualification. Next to come down was Markus. He put a solid run together which put him into 16th place- this was a big relief after his terrifying crash here in 2015. Laurie went into qualification with a higher number as he came into the elite class from juniors. This late start time was a big disadvantage as it just began to rain before he started. Laurie had to stop in the top part, but made up enough time till the finish to end up in 45th position, which was the right spot for him to attack.

 

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Contrary to our expectations race day started with best weather conditions and the weather supposed to be the same for all the riders, which are the best conditions for a fair race. First to come down was Laurie and he was pinning from the start, which got him into the hot seat for a while- in the end he became 23rd in his first Elite worldcup. Next to come down was Markus. He had a solid run, but he missed some of his fast lines and so he ended up in 34th spot, which was a bit disappointing for him.

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Because of his “top 20 protection” status Danny was the 12th last man to come down in the Elite category . He found the right combination of flow and readiness to assume risk to set a top time, which got him into the hot seat. This situation was a kind of reminder to 2015, where Danny just didn’t made the top 3 podium… with this in mind the race became more and more thrilling with every rider to come down, but in the end Danny finished 3rd.

 

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We can’t be more happy to start the season like that and for sure we are now hoping for more. We are no heading to Australia for the 2nd worldcup round. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook for the latest news.

 

Full results:

2016- let’s get the season started

2016- let’s get the season started

The MS Mondraker team enters into the 2016 season with a lot of changes and some little surprises. After a so-so season with a lot of crashes and injuries, we all went back to work, determined to return stronger for the new 2016 season !

Danny Hart and Markus Pekoll remain in the team, but the squad gets buoyed by the arrival of the 2015 junior worldcup overall winner and junior world champion Laurie Greenland.

 

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Team manager Lukas Haider: “We are stoked to have Laurie on our roster. We were looking for a passionate, race-driven character to join forces with Danny and Markus. With Laurie we found the right person and the future looks very bright indeed !

Furthermore we are happy to announce a last minute add-on to our team, which is Emmeline Ragot. This may be a surprise to most of you as Emmeline officially retired in 2015. This should not be seen as a comeback, but as a backdoor for her if she is able to recover 100% after her bad ankle and elbow injuries. We always stand by our riders to give them the optimal chances of success.

Apart from the A Team lineup, we started again a B Team support program under the responsibility of Maria Ulrich and Rainer Wollendorfer. The main focus will be on European races such as the European IXS cup where our promising riders, Fabian Ulrich, Matt Lawton and Pascal Engel will be competing.

 

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Rider’s statements:

Danny Hart: “A few changes for me in 2016: firstly I have been working with the RMJ-Acadamy for training, so that means spending a lot of time in Liverpool at the John Moore University, and I am loving it, training in a group has been really cool. I am also excited to be working with a few new team sponsors, Maxxis tyres is cool for me, they are the OG of the tyre industry: I used these when I was an amateur coming through. Concerning Dainese, a lot of you may know that I am a big Moto GP fan and these guys are the biggest name in leather suits, so I can’t wait to see what they are going to do for our team: We visited see the facilities and I was blown away. Finally, Fox, what can I say! They have dominated the last few years of DH racing, and I am really looking forward to bolting their stuff to my bike. 2016 looks like it is going to be good!“

 

Markus Pekoll: “2016 is going to be a very interesting year for me! After four years on Marzocchi, 5 Years with Alpinestars and 8 Years with Schwalbe, new things start with Fox suspension, Dainese clothing and Maxxis tyres!

I’m really looking forward to compete with this winning proofed products with a great history against the best in the world! When I started riding Downhill around 2004, the first protection I used was Dainese and Maxxis rubbers fitted my bike! My first real DH bike had the fox 40 in it! So, for me this is something like going back to the roots, and yes as I wrote before I can´t wait to race with this stuff on my Summum!
Another good thing for 2016 is that we got the fastest Junior in the World to race with us! I met Laurie earlier this year and I think we got along well from the first second as teammates! His speed and style for his age are incredible and I am sure we will have a great time on and off the track!  With Danny and Laurie I have two of the best riders in the world as team members and that definitely should help me to reach my goals for the upcoming season!!”

 

Laurie Greenland: “The MS Mondraker team has been one of the most professional teams on the circuit for years- working with these guys, my good friend Chaz as a mechanic and being able to keep my favorite components and sponsors going into this year make me very excited!! Riding along experienced elite riders like Marcus and Danny will help me a lot going into my first year in the category. My goals are to progress on my results from last year, pushing towards more top 20 results!

 

Emmeline Ragot: “a lot of you guys may be surprised seeing me in the current roster of the MS Mondraker Team. My last season was not what I was hoping for. At the start of the previous season I was almost sure that I was going to retire at the end: But as we got more and more into the season I was feeling good, that is until my crash in Mont Sainte Anne- the injuries I got made the decision easier for me. Right now I am doing a kind of re-education to get my elbow and ankle up to a 100% level, which means I am still training. Registering with the team keeps a door open for me… we will see!”

 

Partner’s statements:

Mondraker, Miguel Pina: „At Mondraker we are delighted to have such a talented rider as Laurie racing with our MS-Mondraker Team in 2016, especially as he dominated the junior field last season and is the current Junior World Champion. With his consistency, seven podiums out of seven World Cup events, three World Cup wins and overall World Cup title as a junior, no doubt Laurie and his Summum Carbon Pro Team will be one of the rookies to follow this coming racing season which is about to start soon and, of course, he is one of the rising and brightest stars on the international DH scene. We wish him the best for his first season in Elite category, along with our current and fellow riders Danny Hart and Markus Pekoll“

 

MS-RACING, Markus Stoeckl: “It was during the last races in 2015 that I met Laurie in person for the first time. By then it was already clear that he is one of the most promising young athletes to come up to elite category in 2016. But it was not just his riding skills that made a big impression on me but also his personality and happiness were a huge factor for me to come up with an offer for him.

After he won the overall junior world cup and world champs, many of the top world Cup teams were competing for Laurie. But in the end he made the choice to join our team after feeling the trust we had in him and discovering the professionalism of our crew. (I deleted the part about the offered package as it sounds negative, making it look like Laurie came for the money)

We are extremely happy to welcome Laurie and his long term friend and mechanic Chaz Churry and see them representing our Team and sponsors.

I think Laurie will be able to reach top 20 results in the first year in the Elite category and maybe even further up. However we will give him all the necessary freedom to adjust to the new environment and support him as much as possible.”

 

For 2016 we are also pleased to announce deals with new sponsors:

 

 

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The biggest change in our sponsor line-up is for sure the suspension partner. After Marzocchi has been bought by Fox Suspension, we are now happy to be a part of the Fox family. For 2016 we will race on the Fox 40 and DHX 2 and we are looking forward to working with the race support team of Fox.

Fox, Mark Fitzsimmons: “Following the purchase of Marzocchi, we are allocating our efforts into making sure we have all the surrounding elements in place to continue the success of the brand. Our goal at FOX is making sure our suspension products, including Marzocchi, are properly supported in the market place. This process takes time. For 2016 we are excited to have the MS Mondraker racing on FOX suspension while we continue our efforts on expanding the Marzocchi service and support.

FOX has experience working with the MS team in the past and look forward to restarting the racing relationship again. Laurie won his world championship on FOX and we hope to help him continue his success into the elite class”

 

 

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Having fought for multiple championships with Schwalbe tires in the past, MS Mondraker is excited about its new cooperation with Maxxis Tires and is ready for a winning and successful 2016!

Maxxis, Robert Tsai: Maxxis has always sought opportunities to sponsor excellent teams, and is pleased to announce the new sponsorship for the outstanding MS Mondraker team in 2016. Maxxis is proud of building this new partnership with Mondraker and providing high-quality tires to the team.

 

 

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MS Racing is more than happy to annoumce the new partnership with Dainese. We are known in the industry for the strong will to develop new products. Dainese is a company we had an eye on since we saw their developments in skiing regarding the airbag technology. We now have the chance to invest our knowledge into new products at Dainese, which is the base of our new partnership.

Dainese, Giovanni Fogal: „At Dainese, we are committed to innovating products that help our athletes push the boundaries of their given sport. Working with and learning from top tier athletes like Danny and Markus is at the root of the development of premium gear. We are extremely excited to partner with MS and will stand behind them as they push the envelope of the downhill mountain biking community.“

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MS Mondraker also competing in the Enduro World Series

This season we will also support four riders on the Enduro World Series. Cyril Pages and Matthias Stonic will represent the team in the Masters category. Two junior riders, Gabriel Torralba and Alexi Cuellar-Primot, will compete in the U21 category.

And now it’s time for the serious business! We can’t wait to start the season and race!

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