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Joe Smith Parts Ways With Propain Factory Racing, Currently Without a Team for 2020

Jan 2, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
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Joe Smith has announced he will no longer be racing with the Propain Factory Racing team in 2020 and beyond. Reading between the lines, it also seems that he has struggled to find a ride for 2020 but is still looking to put a privateer program together.

Smith joined the team in 2019 after previously riding for the Norco Factory Racing team. Smith had a tough 2019 with quite a few crashes and some "niggling injuries" but finished the year with a standout performance at Hardline that placed him third even with a puncture at the bottom of the track.

bigquotes2020 brings a new start for me and I’m currently looking into what opportunities are available. All I can say is I’m still super keen and motivated to race/ride my bike to the best of my ability.

If there’s any brands out there who would be interested in supporting my program for 2020 and beyond I welcome any questions. I want to say thanks to Propain Factory Racing and all the sponsors for 2019, it certainly wasn’t a great year for me with plenty of crashes and niggling injuries but also some great results and plenty of fun times with the crew.

Cheers guys, you know who you are.
Joe Smith

Quali 4th

We'll keep you updated on Smith's progress and whether he can find a team ride or has to go privateer for 2020.


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 That sucks! One of the last flat pedal riders out there, good luck Joe
  • 21 0
 So a flat pedal sponsor opportunity.
  • 19 0
 Hope you get a ride man, your run at Hardline was sick.
  • 9 0
 Quality rider, should be snapped up quickly
  • 5 1
 budgets mostly spent already though. someone might offer frames and a tiny bit of cash...
  • 3 2
 He's on clearance
  • 5 0
 If any teams are looking for a full squad this season they are spoilt for choice man, wish I had the funds to make my own team right now !
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flag LaurensVR (Jan 2, 2020 at 3:25) (Below Threshold)
 You have 1.5m to do so. Fantasy DH is better than the real thing..
  • 2 0
 i've often wondered how much money it would take to put a team together - there's plenty of logistics involved, i know - and there's loads of things to take care - but.... more or less, sorta realistic number, with .. . let's say 2x joes-smiths. . .. and some average sponsorship. . .. .. what's the number like !?
  • 5 0
 Fingers crossed for you Joe. Hope you get something sorted.
  • 5 0
 All the best rider
  • 4 0
 Really hope you bag a team Joe, great rider to watch.
  • 3 0
 Is still a thing haha
  • 1 0
 never heard of it til now. Hookit it legit if you're a junior
  • 1 0
 @mtbmaniatv: It's been around since Myspace and 26" wheels were a thing
  • 1 0
 @draggingbrake: lol good stuff
  • 1 0
 Dang I really hope he nails a team he’s been around the circuit since I started watching dh racing.. almost 15 years ago!!
  • 2 0
 hopefully something works out for him he sure deserves a ride!
  • 1 0
 Apparently Fabio Wibmer left Specialized too, though I havent seen that yet on PB.
  • 1 0
 @brajal: Thanks, I was away
  • 2 0
 Good Luck Joe!
  • 1 0
 rumor has it an aussie jr will be joining Propain Factory Racing
  • 2 2
 All the riders left companies to try to be the next Privateer. More exposure.
  • 1 0
 Put me in coach
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