Video: Angel Suarez Begins His Hunt for a New Junior Team Mate in New Zealand

Jul 25, 2019
by YT Industries  

Obsession is a root of talent in the eyes of the YT Mob. In Episode 2 of the new video series, the team heads to Jentree, near Blenheim in New Zealand, with the goal of giving the young riders in the southern hemisphere an opportunity to learn from YT Mob Pro Rider Angel Suarez and also former World Cup Rider Justin Leov. How does obsession play a role when trying to make it to the next level and will the Mob be successful in finding the diamond in the rough?

Shot by Isac Paddock

Searching for Young Talent in New Zealand

Former World Cup Racer and New Zealand National Champ Justin Leov welcomes the YT Mob to his local trails in Jentree for the first stop of The YT Mob World Tour. Leov’s and Martin Whiteley’s paths crossed years ago when the now YT Mob Team Owner was Leov’s personal manager for many years. The participants from all over Oceania had three days to take in as much as they could and prove that they can possibly develop their raw talent into something more. Episode 2 portrays the first of six initial Young Talent Camps from which eight young riders will be invited to a final camp in Granada, Spain, in mid-October.

bigquotesThere is a point, where you have to start thinking ‘Ok, this is what I have to do’ if you are going to follow the career of a pro racer. As soon as we started talking timed runs, the personalities started to come through. You start to be able to identify the kids that have the right work ethics and are focused. No matter if it is windy or it is raining, they realize this is something they need to do. Everyone enjoys riding their bike, but it’s about the whole process of trying to become the absolute best that you can be.Justin Leov, Former World Cup Rider

Shot by Isac Paddock

The camps are accompanied by production crew “Knowmad Development” to create a video series that will not only tell the tale of what happens at the camps and how mentor and talent developer Martin Whiteley and his team identify talent, but are also enriched by insight from Whiteley’s former protégés such as Brook MacDonald, Neko Mulally and Greg Minnaar, who all can look back on a similar process of being discovered, refining their raw talent and making it to the World Cup Elite.

Shot by Isac Paddock

Shot by Isac Paddock

Missed Episode One? Watch it here.

Video: Knowmad Development
Photos: Isac Paddock


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 Training his replacements. Wink I'm kidding.
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 Suarez is still racing?
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 He will be - been injured.
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 Dude might be the most injured rider of all time.
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 @chriskneeland: I think Matti Lehikoinen might have that title for a while still
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 2nd pic. WHY is he leaning against that beautiful rock? I would be riding off it! Razz
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 Dude, that’s because you’re so hard!
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 @COnovicerider: what? Wow, ok then, that must've come across the wrong way. Maybe I should've said "when he could be riding ... it"... Not trying to say I'm a better rider or anything stupid like that lol, not a brag look-at-me. i just love crazy features and I just see literally everything as a potential TTF, and I don't get to work with rocks like that in my area, so whenever I see them my mind goes into hyperdrive-scheming and I ... Drool lol Redface No harm meant. Forgot this was PB comments.

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