Hometown: Bellville, South Africa
Team: Canfield Factory (as of 2012)
During high school, Johann was introduced to the Downhill racing scene by one of his friends' brothers and in 2003 got his first proper Downhill bike, an Xtension, which lead to him winning his first Downhill race at Magic Forest in 2004. After finishing school the next year, Johann worked at his local bikeshop where he got his first sponsorship in the form of a Kona, kick starting a very successful racing career.
Backtracking to 2004, Johann went overseas to take part in the World Champs and learned a thing or two about how the real Downhill racing world works. Several years of racing in the local DH series passed when Mongoose stepped onto the scene in 2010, providing a two year sponsorship and in 2011 Johann made his first real impact overseas. He took a win in an Austrian and German cup, and got a 5th and 3rd in two European cup races. It was during this time that the Canfield Brothers team took note of him (and Stefan Garlicki) and offered them a spot on the team for 2012.
This year Johann will be riding for the Canfield Brothers Factory team, taking part in the World Cup races as well as the European cup races.
"I would like to thank Redbull, Von Zipper and Mongoose for their support. Without you it would not have been possible".