We're just eight weeks away from the opening World Cup round in South Africa, so it's prime time for team and rider announcements. The following statement from Mondraker confirms a few things - first, MS Evil is now MS Mondraker. Second, despite various rumors Brook MacDonald is staying with the MS Racing Team. Damien Spagnolo, Emmeline Ragot, and Markus Pekoll round out the roster. Third, this team will replace the Mondraker Factory Team.
Press release below:
MS MONDRAKER TEAM is the name of Mondraker's new ¨UCI Elite Mountain Bike Team¨.
This new structure is the result of an agreement between Mondraker and the Austrian Race Team MS Racing owned by RedBull athlete Markus Stöckl and will mean a new stage and step ahead for Mondraker in DH racing after the Mondraker Factory Team and Fabien Barel announced their retirement.
The team will be composed by the following top riders:
Brook MacDonald - 3 podium positions at World Cup UCI in 2011
Damien Spagnolo - Silver Medal World Championship 2011 Champery/SUI
Emmeline Ragot - World Champion 2011 Champery/SUI
Markus Pekoll - European Champion IXS Cup 2011
The goal of the team is to be one of the top DH teams of 2012 and to continue the great job of the Mondraker Factory Team from previous seasons.
All riders of the MS MONDRAKER TEAM will be riding the Summum Pro team which has proven to be a very promising and medal winning bike ever since its launch in 2009, with various victories from Fabien Barel in the last few years and Damien Spagnolo's great performance in Champery September 011.
The MS MONDRAKER TEAM will have an impressive infrastructure and a very professional support team available for the riders, as well a professional photographer and movie maker who will be following the team during all the important races starting from the first World Cup race in Pietermartizburg between the 17th and 18th of March.
MS-Racing Owner Markus Stöckl says: "We are very proud to represent the new Mondraker Factory Team, already at my first visit at the Mondraker office we found a good base for our program. The Team is very sad that we had to let some of our riders go but also happy about the new riders Damien and Emmeline and about Brook and Markus to still be with us, each of them is a great Rider and has a cool personality, so we are looking forward to some successful and fun race weekends. It is quite a busy time for us because of the change of our main partner there will be some more changes down the road, but we are stoked about the new opportunities which are coming."