François Bailly-Maitre joins Ibis for 2017 EWS
Mr Consistent gets a new race seat
Ibis bikes has today announced it has signed François Bailly-Maitre for the 2017 Enduro World Series season.
Francois has struck a deal that will see him on an "independent program for Ibis", racing the entire EWS season. François has been one of the most consistent top 10 finishers in the EWS, at 8th overall in 2016, 11th in 2015 and 8th in 2014. The 31-year-old Frenchman has ridden for BMC for the past three years.
Ibis finished second in the EWS overall thanks to the strong performance of the Gehrig twins and Robin Wallner, all of whom return for 2016.
François said: "It was a strange off season for me before contacting Ibis. Despite 2016 probably being my best season ever, I was struggling to find the good deal, but from the first time I spoke with Ibis, I directly felt the positive vibes and their motivation to have me on board.
"Once I received the Mojo HD3, I built it up quickly, and the first impressions were really good! I was a bit concerned as I only rode a 29er the last four years, but the geometry and the DW-Link system seems to work really well. The dry winter we’re having has given me the chance to test it and I am already at home!
"I already want to say a big thanks to Ibis, and I am looking forward to an incredible season!"
Best of luck to Francois and the Ibis team for the year ahead.