Devinci Global Racing will not race downhill in 2017
An unfortunate departure
Devinci Global Racing has today announced it will not be fielding a team in the 2017 downhill World Cup series.
It was a rough year for the team with Stevie Smith tragically passing away while racing on the hottest form since his 2013 World Cup overall win. Mark Wallace and Brage Vestavik and Magnus Mason admirably soldiered on throughout the season, but it was obviously a tough ask after such a heartbreaking start.
Devinci have said they were "unable to put together a team that met [their] expectations" for next season so have decided to withdraw the program.
It's encouraging to hear they have every intention to return to the World Cup soon. They have one hell of a bike in the Wilson that needs to be showcased at the highest level.
Devinci will be carrying on its enduro porgram with Damien Oton (who finished second in the EWS) and Theo Galy.
We wish everyone involved in the Devinci Global Racing program the best and hope to see them back in the pits as soon as possible.
The full press release is below:
From Devinci global racing:
"The year 2016 has been an emotional one at Cycles Devinci. The season started with great promise, as Stevie Smith was once again in World Cup winning form after several seasons marred by injuries.
Things were bright on the Enduro scene as well; Damien Oton secured the second place in the EWS overall standings. There was also Magnus Manson’s unforgettable podium finish at the World Championships in Val Di Sole Italy.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck in early May, Stevie Smith was lost in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Nanaimo, BC. This sad news was hard on everyone at Devinci and it also had a major impact on riders and fans all over the world. Steve’s contribution and commitment to the Devinci brand, but most importantly to the sport, will always be remembered.
Unable to put together a team that met our expectations, we took the decision to step away from UCI Downhill racing for 2017. It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but we hope to return to World Cup racing in the very near future.
Our involvement in racing and the Devinci Global Racing Team has always been one of our top priorities. Although we are taking a short break from DH racing, our Enduro program will be going strong with Damien and Theo on the EWS circuit. We will also continue to support many great athletes and programs around the World in all cycling disciplines in their quest for the podium."