Velosolutions Racing may be no more but Scott are flying into the new season with what looks to be a super-strong factory program in place.
Brendan Fairclough stays put but he is joined by Dean Lucas from Intense and Florent Payet and Marine Cabirou from Voul Voul Racing. It looks like the team will be running a new carbon downhill bike as well. The video above shows both 27.5" and 29" versions and slimmer tube profiles than the aluminium test mule Brendan was running last year. It also has a curved top tube and a lower standover, bringing it aesthetically closer to other bikes in the Scott range like the Ransom, Genius and Spark. We reached out to Scott for further details but they're staying tight lipped for now.
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Having been part of the Scott Family for many years now, Brendan Fairclough will continue with Scott. Always a fan favorite, Brendan looks forward to more World Cup racing and other “extracurricular” activities.
Australian 23-year-old Dean Lucas brings with him past success, and a very bright future for years to come. He's definitely looking forward to the next few years of racing
With Frenchman Flo Payet, we get a well-respected, tough competitor with plenty of speed. Having had an injury-affected 2018, Flo is eager to start putting it all on the line in 2019.
Marine Cabirou is coming off the back of a season that ended on a high note - a 4th place finish at World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Her confidence both on and off the bike is very promising, Scott can’t wait to see what she will bring to the circuit in 2019.
Managing the Scott DH Factory is Patrice Afflatet. Patrice has been a key figure on the World Cup Circuit for years and is looking forward to the challenge at hand. “I am excited about the opportunity and the trust that Scott and the other partners have put in us. It is a challenging project, but I am sure we will be able to express ourselves at the highest level. We have a great squad and an awesome bike package. Scott have managed to find the synthesis between design, lightweight and performance. With solid support from Fox, TRP, Maxxis, Syncros, and all of our other partners, the team is in good shape to achieve great things!”