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MS Mondraker Team Announces 2021 Line-Up

MS MONDRAKER TEAM CONFIRM LINE-UP FOR THEIR ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Brook MacDonald, Laurie Greenland,Eleonora Farina and Thibault Laly are joined by three new talented riders

5 February 2021 – Kitzbühel, Austria:After an extraordinary year, MS Mondraker Team is fired up for a new start to downhill racing with an exciting 2021 team line-up. Today they confirm the return of the core of theirmulti-national, podium-winning team alongside three new talented riders to build on their 2020 season successes.

Anniversary of Mondraker Bikes & MS Racing
It’s a special year for MS Mondraker Team as they proudly celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the partnership between Mondraker bikes and MS-Racing. Back in 2012, MS-Mondraker started a race programme withriders including Emmeline Ragot, Damien Spagnolo, Markus Pekoll and Brook MacDonald. Brook then went on to win his first world cup in the same year. Fast forward to 2021 and the MS Mondraker team have great results under their belts; individual World Cup victories, World Champion titles, National titles and the team World Cup overall in 2016.

A much anticipatedteam line-up
The MS Mondraker Team rider squad is a dynamic mix of experience, courage and young ambition. Elite World Cup winner and former Junior World Champion Brook MacDonald is set to race in the MS Mondraker Team after making a tenacious return to the racing circuit last year. Brook’scrash on Mont-Sainte-Anne’s ‘La Tarzan’ rock drop in 2019 left him with a serious spinal injury, but “The Bulldog” eventually made an incredible comeback in 2020 with a short and promising season. All eyes will be on the Kiwi in 2021 as he picks up his Mondraker Summum once again.

Longstanding team member from Great Britain, Laurie Greenland, had his 2020 World Cup cut short when he sustained an injury in Leogang. After successful surgery and recovery, Laurie has been busy preparing for a critical season as he hopes to repeat his victorious 2019 World Cuprun in Val di Sole. It’s a track that suits him well as he also placed 2nd there during the last World Championships in 2016.

Italy’s double national champion Eleonora Farina returns with fresh confidence this year after an impressive performance in 2020 that showed off her technical abilities. Wearing the Austria-based MS Mondraker jersey, she defended her national title with grit, securing two podium results at the first and second World Cup rounds in Maribor.

On-form this season is Frenchman Thibault Laly, who placed 21st in the final round of the 2020 World Cup in Lousa. His eyes are firmly on establishing himself in the top 20 of the UCI World Cup and winning a hard-fought spot on the French World Championship team this year.

Three promising new riders join the MS Mondraker squad this year and all are itching to prove themselves in their new team colors:Toby Meek, Yuki Kushima and Vincent Jouvenal. Toby Meek has already spent some time with the MS Mondraker team, taking the opportunity to learn from fellow Kiwi Brook.Yuki Kushima from Japan is already an experienced rider, looking to test his limits in World Cup racing with the support of a factory team. Last but not least, young gun Vincent Jouvenal from France joins MS Mondraker. At only 14 years of age, he’s showing the right attitude and skills to prepare for a career in MTB racing. He hopes to learn what it takes to become a successful World Cup racer under the guidance of his teammates and support staff.

Lukas Haider, manager of the MS Mondraker Team, said: “We’ve achieved some amazing results in the last decade, but we’re not sated yet. Our team this year combines a depth of experience with raw talent, re-signing Brook, Laurie, Eleonora and Thibault as well as recruiting new faces. It definitely puts us in with a good chance of securing some great results in 2021.Everything we do really wouldn’t be possible without the help of our partners in racing, so I wanted to say a huge thank you to them on behalf of the team for their continuedsupport.”

Click here to find out more information about MS Mondraker Team.

Brook MacDonald
Age: 30
Nation: NZ
Career Highlights:
Junior World Champion 2009
First World Cup victory in 2012
Laurie Greenland
Age: 24
Nation: GBR
Career Highlights:
Junior World Champion 2015
Vice-World Champion 2016
First World Cup victory in 2019
Eleonora Farina
Age: 31
Nation: ITA
Career Highlights:
3rd place UCI WC Maribor 2020
National champion 2020
National champion 2019
4th place UCI WC Les Gets 2019
Thibault Laly
Age: 24
Nation: FRA
Career Highlights:
21st place UCI WC Lousa 2020
Toby Meek
Age: 16
Nation: NZ
Career Highlights:
3rd place Crankworx Rotorua Downhill 2021
5th place Crankworx Rotorua Air Downhill 2021
Yuki Kushima
Age: 28
Nation: JPA
Career Highlights:
1st place Asian Continental Championships 2017
Vincent Jouvenal
Age: 14
Nation: FRA
Career Highlights:
2nd place juvenil cat. French cup 2020 Alp d’Huez
3rd place juvenil cat. French cup 2020 Metabief

Press Contact:

Laura Bolton
+44 (0)7806 604292
laura.bolton@shiftactivemedia.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

About MS Mondraker Team

MS Mondraker is a professional Elite UCI downhill (DH) mountain bike (MTB) team. The initials ‘MS’ stand for Markus Stoeckl, who is a former DH racer and the current world record holder of the high-speed record on mountain bikes. Based on his experience of racing World Cups, he found his own vision of how the sport should look. Thus, the MS-RACING programme was born, marking the beginning of the implementation of MS’s vision.

The original MS-RACING team was founded by Markus Stoeckl and Lukas Haider in 2004 to support semi-professional athletes. Within two years MS-RACING grew from a semi-pro race team to one of the most important UCI trade teams in the MTB race circuit.

The team has enjoyed a lot of success in the professional sphere since its inception: winning the Four-Cross Team World Cup title in 2008; dominating the 2016 UCI DH World Cup with the overall team victory and taking 1st and 2nd places in the 2016 DH World Championships; and taking the win in the 2019 UCI DH World Cup in Val di Sole.

For more information, visit www.ms-racing.at.

About Mondraker

Mondraker is a proudly independent specialist mountain bike brand from Alicante, Spain, creating performance bikes that are race proven at the highest level – World Cup and World Championship winners in Downhill with MS Mondraker on the Summum Carbon, and racing at the highest level of Cross-Country on the F-Podium Carbon RR with PMxRacing.

Over our 20 years of competing, designing and manufacturing we have developed the knowledge and expertise to craft ‘racing bikes for daily use’ – the same machines that our pro riders use. We are never shy to innovate and take risks, but we always keep focused on what really matters: making Mondraker bikes feel right out on the dirt.

For more information, visit www.mondraker.com.

MS Mondraker Team Partners

– e*thirteen
–Fox
– Michelin
– SDG
– Renthal
– Shimano

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