Press Release: GT Factory Racing
New year, new team, same vibe. The GT Factory Racing squad is adding some fresh blood to the 2022 roster, and we’re fired up to get the season started!
2020 Jr World Cup Overall winner, Ethan Craik, will be moving up to accompany Wyn Masters in Elite DH World Cup, and Ryan Pinkerton will join the team as our Junior racer. Hailing from Aliso Viejo, CA, this young speed demon has been making quite a name for himself with his dominant performance in the US DH scene. Don’t let Ryan’s age fool you, this kid is wise beyond his years and ready to prove himself on the world stage.
Kiwi race and freeride phenom, Jess Blewitt, will also be joining Ethan, Wyn, and Ryan on the DH team in her second year of Elite World Cup racing. Jess linked up with the team last year with the intention of attending a few World Cups, but the vibe was so good she stayed with the team for almost the full year. Although her season ended with a devastating crash in Snowshoe, Jess proved she was a force to be reckoned with, earning 8th place at World Champs and in Maribor, as well as a 3rd and 2nd in U21 at the EWS and an invitation to RedBull Formation. At 19-years-old, Jess is only getting started in her riding career and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes with the GTFR team!
This year’s Enduro line-up will be led by two female powerhouses – Katy Winton and Noga Korem. Katy is looking to continue to add to her already impressive racing career. Together she and Noga will join Wyn on the EWS circuit. Last year, Katy ran her own program and ended up 9th overall in EWS. With the support of the GTFR team, she will have more time to focus on her riding and training, which will be a huge advantage. The Scotland native is an absolute weapon on the bike, and we cannot wait to see her and Noga dominating the Women’s EWS field!
DH World Cup vet, Cam Cole, will also be joining GTFR as Team Performance Manager, supporting rider performance needs and elevating their physical and mental game. With six Elite DH World Cup podiums and a Jr. World Champion title under his belt, Cam knows a thing or two about what’s needed to succeed as a racer. His wealth of experience and down-to-earth mentality will be a priceless asset to the whole crew.
With the stacked crew of Masters, Craik, Korem, Winton, Blewitt, and Pinkerton, we already know it’s going to be a good year. Add in the fact that it is GT’s 50th Anniversary and you have got yourself a recipe for endless GOOD TIMES!
Thank you to our team partners, Shimano, Fox, Alpinestars, Michelin, OneUp, Stans, Tannus, FSA, Ethirteen, Krush, ODI, GoPro, Nezium, and Prologo for the incredible support.