The Madison Saracen Factory Team are confirmed for the HSBC UK National Downhill Series.
Matt Simmonds leads the charge to defend the title of the most prestigious title on the UK race scene. Winning the series title overall last year means Matt will run the highly coveted number 1 plate throughout the 2017 season.
Marc Beaumont comes in hot after finishing third overall. Young gun Matt Walker who was out for two rounds due to injury still finished a respectful 4th. Fighting fit he would have certainly challenged for that top spot in the Junior category last year.
Alex Marin joins the team this year and we wish him a warm welcome at the HSBC UK National Downhill Series. Previously part of the Giant Factory Racing Team Alex was a regular fixture on the junior world cup podium in 2015 and went on to establish himself at the highest level in his first year of elite racing.
The Spaniard scored two world cup top-20s in 2016 – 16th in Lenzerheide and a career-best 13th at Fort William – and Team Manager Will Longden hopes that this year Alex can continue to develop.
“I’m excited to welcome Alex Marin. He’s a true racer and he brings an enthusiasm and passion to the team that we all relate to and are inspired by.
“I’ve watched him at the world cup races and he has great natural style. He also had some really strong results as a junior and a first-year elite rider and we want to help him hone those skills and work with our great set up to find consistency and enjoy his racing.
“His personality really fits in well with the rest of our team of Matt Simmonds, Marc Beaumont and Matt Walker and I think it’s going to be a great year for the Madison Saracen Factory Team.”
Note: Will ‘The Thrill’ Longden will also be competing this year after wrapping up the Veteran title in a close battle with seasoned racer Andrew Titley.