Multiple downhill world champ, South African pro Greg Minnaar, has joined the Santa Cruz Syndicate for the next two downhill racing seasons, according to team manager Kathy Sessler.
Santa Cruz Bicycles owner Rob Roskopp has had an eye on Minnaar for a few years now, and when Honda made the decision to end their involvement in downhill racing after 2007, Roskopp saw this as the chance he was waiting for to add Minnaar to the successful Syndicate program.
According to Sessler, having talented bike racers with big personalities is a prerequisite for the Syndicate, and Minnaar brings his professionalism, engaging personality and dedication to his craft to the squad.
"Something that impressed Roskopp the most was Minnaar's performance at the World Championships in Fort William, Scotland, when in his race run, he crashed and continued on to a successful 4th place finish with a dislocated shoulder and broken scapula suffered in the crash!" Sessler added. "Witnessing that type of mental determination and control was compelling for Roskopp to aggressively pursue signing Minnaar."
"I'm very excited to have Greg on the Syndicate," Roskopp said. "I admire his talent, professionalism and work ethic and have wanted him on the Syndicate for some time. The Syndicate will now have a broad range in the downhill squad with Steve Peat, Nathan Rennie, and Josh Bryceland. Having Greg will be amazing, and I look forward to seeing him race on the V-10."
"The most important factor for me in choosing a team I race for is the level of support, and the ability to race at my best," Minnaar said. "It's clear that the Syndicate is driven by people who love to race. We're going to be a pretty tough team to beat."
"Something we strive for in the Syndicate is to create an environment where each rider can express their unique individuality and develop their personas in the sport," Sessler said. "Supporting and maintaining the momentum Minnaar has attained in his career will be a feature of his program."
"Greg is going to be a huge asset to the Syndicate," Peat said. "He and I have been friends since he first visited the UK, a long time ago, and I can see how his drive to win along with his professionalism will be a huge plus for us on the circuit."
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