UK suspension fettlers Mojo have revealed their 2009 race team lineup. They’re sponsoring a slimmed down, two-rider downhill squad and three-man cross-country team, and will also be working closely with the Subaru MTB Pro Racing Team.
Elite downhiller Dan Stanbridge will stay with the team, and he will be joined by Aimee Dix. Team Mojo Suspension will again be riding Orange bikes this season, kitted out with Fox 40RC2 forks and DHX-RC4 shocks.
In a statement, Mojo said: The long standing nature of this partnership gives a solid platform on which both companies can mutually develop downhill technologies, making the best suspended, lightest downhill rigs out there!”
Stanbridge and Dix will run Hope Technology brakes and hubs, e.thirteen chain devices, SDG saddles and seatposts, Crank Brothers pedals and Lizard Skins grips, with clothing from Fox.
Stanbridge will be competing on the World Cup circuit, in the National Points Series (NPS) and at several one-off events.
He said: “I’ve been racing with Mojo for the past three years, but I’m as excited to be continuing with them for 2009 as I was when I first signed. This is because of Mojo’s interest in high-quality engineering products and attention to detail, which gives me the opportunity to race with the best kit available.”
Dix will represent Mojo at the NPS and European World Cup rounds. She is a full-time technician for the firm.
This year, Mojo will also supply suspension and technical support to the Subaru MTB Pro Racing Team – two-time downhill world champion Fabien Barel and his teammates Damien Spagnolo and Florent Payet.
Mojo MD Chris Porter said: “Although the elite male portion of the Mojo team has been slimmed down [Ben Cathro and Chris Hutchens have gone], the amount of effort we are putting into top-level downhill racing has gone through the roof. We’ve been measuring, marking, datalogging, drawing, riding, reporting, timing, testing, riding, riding again, riding some more and then riding again!
“Our enthusiasm for downhill racing and testing hasn’t waned at all and with the possibility to work with a select bunch of the smartest full-time athletes we are fully fired up for the 2009 season. Let the games begin!”
The Mojo cross-country team is made up of brothers Antony and Sean O’Boyle, two of Wales’s most promising young talents. Alongside them is Ross Porter, racing in the veteran class.
Team Mojo Suspension rider Dan ‘Stanny’ Stanbridge on his new Orange downhill bike