MS Mondraker Team
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,THEY 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 World Cup overall winner and junior world champion Laurie Greenland.
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.
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 and this should not be seen as a come back, but as a back door 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."
Enduro World Series
This season MS Mondraker will also support four riders on the Enduro World Series. Cyril Pages and Matthias Stonic will represent the team in the Masters category with two junior riders, Gabriel Torralba and Alexi Cuellar-Primot, competing in the U21 category.
NEW SPONSORS FOR 2016
MS Racing is more than happy to announce the new partnership with Dainese, a company they had an eye on since they saw their developments in skiing regarding the airbag technology. There is now the chance to invest their knowledge into new products at Dainese, which is the base of the new partnership. With the launch of the new Altitune range of clothing and their innovative Armoform kneeguard this brand is definitely producing some premium kit right now, with more to come.
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."
"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"
A big change in the sponsor line-up is the team's suspension partner. After Marzocchi has been bought by Fox Suspension, they are now happy to be a part of the Fox family. For 2016 the DH team will race on the Fox 40 and DHX 2 and are looking forward to working with the race support team.
"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"
Having fought for multiple championships with Schwalbe tires in the past, MS Mondraker is now rolling on Maxxis rubber. A sound tyre choice and always a favourite here at Dirt. Maxxis yet again features in the 2016 Dirt 100.
Robert Tsai, Maxxis:
"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 tyres to the team"
It's all looking promising for the season ahead and it's only days away from the opener at Lourdes. Let's finish with a few words from Laurie Greenland:
"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!"