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MOTOREX Racing Report 2015 EN

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BIKE MOUNTAINBIKE A THRILLING SEASON Once again, cyclists racing in MOTOREX colours were the front-runners throughout the 2015 season. The year saw a clash of the titans between Julien Absalon (Team BMC Mountainbike) and Nino Schurter, with the two racers dominating the mountain bike scene. Once again, Julien Absalon picked up the titles of French national champion and European champion as well as impressing in the final rankings at the UCI MTB World Cup. Of course, the Frenchman’s main goal was to land a sixth world title. After a thrilling race with the two cyclists neck and neck, Julien Absalon picked up the silver medal. Photos: © EGO-Promotion, A.M.Küstenbrück RALPH NÄF © Photos: EGO-Promotion, A.M.Küstenbrück / Marius Maasewerd Ralph Näf bows out. A brilliant career in MOTOREX colours. Since first competing in the World Cup for the Multivan Merida team (2003-2012) and then as a member of the BMC Mountainbike Racing Team, Ralph Näf has also helped make the MOTOREX BIKELINE range the success it is today. Known for his commitment to mountain biking development, by training young people and designing courses such as Lenzerheide, Ralph Näf also brought his expertise and experience to MOTOREX. Palmares: 2012 Eliminator World Champion – 2010 Marathon European Champion – 2009 Cross Country European Champion – 2006 Marathon World and European Champion Thank you Ralph, and good luck for the future. BATTLE OF THE GENERATIONS In the women’s category, the focus for 2015 was on a battle of the generations between 42-year-old Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå from the Multivan Merida Biking Team and 22-year-old Jolanda Neff from the Stöckli-Pro Team, both supported by MOTOREX. The Norwegian Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå left her mark once again on the 2015 season, with her standout results 2nd place in the general rankings for the World Cup and 4th place in the Vallnord World Championships in Andorra. However, it is of course the 10th world championship title that the Norwegian won with Merida during the Marathon World Championships that will leave a permanent impression on the sporting world. For Switzerland’s Jolanda Neff, 2015 was her first full season competing in the elite category. Her results from this season have proved once again that we certainly haven’t seen the last of this young woman from Thal in the canton of St. Gallen: World Cup winner, European Champion and victor at the European Games. During the World Championships in Andorra, Jolanda Neff finished 9th, a position that unfortunately does not do justice to the focus and potential of the young Swiss. The main goal for many racers in 2016 will be the Rio Olympics in Brazil – so why not top it all off with an Olympic title? JOLANDA NEFF © Photos: EGO-Promotion, A.M.Küstenbrück © Photo: Stöckli Swiss Sports AG / EGO-Promotion 22

BIKE A SOUND TEAM PERFORMANCE 2015 was a year of many good results for the Slovenian Unior Tools Team. They were able to put in a lot of great performances in several different series and categories. The most outstanding racer was Jure Žabjek, who won the European Downhill Championships and finished third overall in the European Downhill Cup. UNIOR TOOLS TEAM Photo: © Klemen Humar JUNIOR PHENOMENON Trek World Racing participated in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup across all 7 rounds, as well as the World Championships in Andorra. This year the team was made up of 4 riders including World #9 Brook MacDonald (NZL), George Brannigan (NZL), Greg Williamson (GBR) and junior phenomenon Laurie Greenland (GBR). The team in its 7th year has achieved a large number of World Cup podiums and race wins and this year added to that tally thanks to Laurie‘s three race wins, in Lenzerheide (SUI), Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) and in Windham (USA). These wins and his other podium results were enough for him to win the Overall Junior World Cup title. Laurie then went on to the World Championships where he dominated the field to win by a massive 3.2secs. TREK WORLD RACING © Photo: TEAM Brook MacDonald who had been recovering from injury made a welcome return to the World Cup podium with a popular 4th place in the World Cup finals in Val Di Sole. In the 7 years of existence, every year with MOTOREX as a valued sponsors, Trek World Racing has accrued an impressive tally: 4 World Championships, 6 World Cup Titles, 29 World Cup Race Wins and 77 World Cup podiums DOWNHILL FROM DOWNHILL TO ENDURO Downhill icon Marcus Klausmann (15-times German championship winner being just one of his many achievements) has announced his retirement from the downhill racing scene. But you just can’t keep a good man down: Marcus has now entered the European Enduro Series and has already gained his first victory – September’s Specialized/SRAM enduro race in Leogang… ROAD RACING TEAM LAMPRE MERIDA © Photo: H.Bin MARKUS KLAUSMANN 29 VICTORIES Of course, MOTOREX is also involved with different teams competing on the international road cycling scene. Last season brought the Lampre-Merida Team 29 wins, 15 second places and 19 third places, marking a great result for this UCI team. Meanwhile, Portugal’s Rui Costa came a magnificent 9th in the UCI racer rankings, with his team finishing 12th in the team rankings. © Photos: TRIATHLON WOMAN ON A DIFFERENT PLANE Wherever Gwen lines up at the start, it’s a fair bet she’ll win! As far as 2015 was concerned, this meant eight races, eight victories – including the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Chicago. No surprise, then, that this also made Gwen Joergensen the outright winner of the 2015 World Triathlon Series. 23



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