Race Season Has Officially Begun

GT Factory Racing's Team Camp just wrapped in New Zealand. The riders and staff used this time to dial-in their bikes with some pre-season races.  Then, the team headed to the first stop of the Crankworx series with George Brannigan and Wyn Masters both landing on the podium in separate events. To wrap it all up, Martin Maes took every single stage win at the EWS... and GT Factory Racing won 'fastest team' honors!


GTFR Rotorua


Everyone got a result we can be very proud of. Martin topping it off, winning every single stage, collecting the maximum points for the first EWS! It was so good to have both our EWS and DH team together. We are all leaving Rotorua charged with good vibes and a comfortable feel on the bike heading into the season! Cheers!  - Mark Maurissen, GTFRTeam Manager

"The day couldn’t have gone any better. I have never had a good race over here in Rotorua the last few years. It was time for redemption. So happy of my riding and the team effort. What a start of the season!" - Martin Maes

The race was super fun! Enjoyed every one of the stages. Had one big mistake on the first stage but the next 4 stages were great and I finished 3rd on the last few stages. Solid start to the season and excited for Tassie next week! - Noga Korem

It was a great weekend for the whole team to kick off the EWS season in Rotorua. I was happy to be able to put in the top-10 ride in front of the home crowd and then Martin winning and Noga top-5 gave us team of the day! Roll on the rest of the season! - Wyn Masters

Martin Maes

"Really stoked on how things went this past week. My first time racing with all the team and we did some good testing on the bike to get things dialed and I couldn’t be happier right now. I think that showed on Friday in the race and now I can’t wait for the rest of the 2019 season with everyone!" George Brannigan

"Storybook start to the season for GTFR! Everyone has worked so hard in the offseason and it showed this past week in Rotorua! Couldn’t be more proud of the team. Also, a big pat on the back to the staff for all of their hard work and dedication to pull everything off behind the scenes!"Steve Spencer, GT Sports Marketing Manager


Congratulations, Team!


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