MS Mondraker Team welcomes three new riders to all-star lineup

MS Mondraker Team
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The MS Mondraker Team has confirmed their roster of downhill racers for the upcoming season. Three new up-and-coming riders will join an all-star cast led by World Cup winners Brook MacDonald and Laurie Greenland. 

MacDonald will be looking for success on the downhill track this season after sustaining a back injury at the 2019 World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada. The Kiwi made an impressive recovery, but will surely hope to step on the podium once again in 2021. 

Greenland is also recovering from a leg injury suffered at last year's World Championships in Leogang, Austria. The Briton will be searching for the top step of the podium after taking his first World cup victory in 2019.

Toby Meek, Yuki Kushima and Vincent Jouvenal

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Additional returning riders to the Austria-based MS Mondraker Team include Italian National Champion Eleonora Farina and Frenchman Thibault Laly. Eleonora raced to two podium spots on the World Cup circuit last year, and Laly's best result was 21st place at the last World Cup round in Lousa, Portugal. 

The new riders joining the team this season are Toby Meek, Yuki Kushima and Vincent Jouvenal. Meek is a junior rider from New Zealand and has spent time riding and learning from fellow Kiwi MacDonald. He has seen success at Crankworx Rotorua in the past. 

Jouvenal is the youngest rider on the team. The 14-year-old French racer might be the future of downhill racing in just a few years. Kushima is from Japan, and this will be his first time racing for a factory team. He'll be one of the only Asian riders on the Euro-centric World Cup circuit. 

The first round of the 2021 Downhill World Cup is scheduled for April 24-25 in Maribor, Slovenia. 

Ryan Simonovich

Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California, where he cultivated his love for riding all types of bikes. Ryan eventually gravitated toward enduro and downhill racing but has also been found in the occasional road and cyclo-cross events. Today, he regularly rides the trails of Durango, Colorado, and is aiming to make a career out of chronicling the sport of cycling. 

Rides: Santa Cruz Hightower, Specialized Tarmac SL4