We've just had some interesting team news just in on our World Cup race hot line which rings every now and then at this time of the year.

The voice on the other end of the line told us that Team Maxxis will be running Rocky Mountain bikes for the 2009 World Cup downhill events. As for riders on the team we can confirm only that Sabrina Jonnier will be onboard. More news when we get it, when our phone rings.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

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In other UK team news, we just had this news from Astrix Europe

"It is with great enthusiasm that we announce our finalised 2009 Astrix Europe downhill race team.

The Havoc R performed flawlessly through 2008 despite been under development. We would like to thank all our 2008 riders for their input. The finished 2009 model will be stiffer, plusher and a tad lighter with a new custom tubeset.

The Team will be competing in 2009 World Cup DH, with the exception of Sam due solely to his age!

This year we welcome 2 new riders, Ben Ineson and Liam Mason, both well known on the UK circuit and deserving of our full support. Ben Baker enters his 2nd season with us and Sam 'The Flying Scot' Flockhart starts his 3rd. We look forward to seeing the lads on track, firing on all 12 cylinders. Astrix Europe will be trackside at most major events providing tech support - though we probably won't be needed."

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Riders from left to right:

Ben Ineson - Elite

Ben Baker - Elite

Liam Mason - Elite

Sam Flockhart - Youth

Team Maxxis to ride Rocky Mountain Bikes