PRESS RELEASE: MS-Mondraker
At Mondraker we are pleased to finally announce the members of our 2018 MS-Mondraker Team. 2018 marks our 10th Anniversary as a leading brand in the World Cup Downhill scene and it will become our 7th season (since 2012) as the main-title sponsor for the MS-Mondraker Team, led by Markus Stoeckl and Lukas Haider. We cannot be any more excited for the new racing season to come!
Our rider line-up promises to deliver and the Summum Carbon Pro Team – “the most successful and winningest bike at the 2016 World Championships” – is ready to tackle and tame the roughest 2018 downhill courses along the way.
"At Mondraker we are fully committed to downhill racing since our very first year and MS-Mondraker Team is the best representative of our brand racing DNA," Mondraker’s CEO Miguel Pina said. "2018 is set to be an amazing season with a more experienced Laurie Greenland, Brook MacDonald 'coming home' and racing a Mondraker again, and Mike Jones who fits perfectly with our brand identity. And also the new 4 young rising stars who will also race our Summum Carbon and we are sure they will become downhill wonders and will offer big surprises for this new season. It’s going to be an awesome year. Bring on 2018!”
Just 20 years old, Laurie Greenland is ready for his third season racing Mondraker Bikes. He really is in love with his Summum and after his 2nd position at the World Championships in 2016 and first World Cup podium in Lenzerheide 2017, Greenland is more focused for this new season than he’s ever been.
Brook MacDonald is one of the most popular racers of our decade and always a crowd favourite. His riding and powerful style return at his best for 2018 along with his beloved Summum, the same team and bike he achieved his greatest success to date, winning at Val d’Isere World Cup in France 2012.
Mike Jones has signed with MS-Mondraker to prove why he is a podium contender at any race he enters. 5th place at Mont-Sainte-Anne 2017 World Cup, at 22 years of age he belongs to the new breed of UK super talented riders and fits perfectly on the 2018 MS-Mondraker Team.
MS-Mondraker Development Program
2018 will see the introduction of a younger team roster featuring the Norwegian, Brage Vestavik, the Australian junior rider, Patrik Butler, Italian, Johannes von Klebelsberg and the Austrian rider, Fabian Ulrich. All of them will also be racing our Summum Carbon Pro Team and promise to be writing some headlines during the downhill racing season of 2018.
"I’m really excited to be on the MS-Mondraker team. It’s a great gang of riders, some of them which I have shredded with in the past. Really looking forward to working closely with and learning from them. Most of all I'm stoked to shred the Summum. I think the bike will fit my style perfectly, and it’s built up with all the components I would choose for my dream build. Can’t wait to get started! Skrrrrt“ - Brage Vestavik
"I feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen for the Mondraker team and can’t wait to learn some tips and techniques from my awesome teammates. My goal for 2018 is to get at least one podium (or more), well maybe in the top 5 would be fantastic. I am looking forward to a great riding year with a world winning team." - Pat Butler
"I’m super motivated to ride this season in a professional racing team! Being in the same WhatsApp group with such great names like Macdonald, Greenland, Jones is pretty cool! Riding the Mondraker Summum is great and it’s actually the first time that I will ride a carbon fibre downhill bike. I’m sure that this bike is fast and I hope I’ll be as well!“ - Johannes von Klebelsberg
"I was surprised when I heard about this team coming together. There are some big names in the lineup and I hope I can benefit from riding with my new teammates. It's such an honour for me to have the chance of being in the development program of the top level World Cup team such as MS Mondraker" - Fabian Ulrich
Johannes von Klebelsberg
MS-Mondraker Team 2018 sponsor list and race calendar will soon be published on the team website page www.ms-racing.at