After Sam Blenkinsop's successful 2006 season, which included a victory ahead of two-time world champion Fabien Barel (France) at a New Zealand national series event, the second place overall World Cup Junior rider re-signed with the Gravity Group. Blenkinsop also took second at the junior world championships, only 1.1 seconds behind the winner despite a crash in the final run.
Blenkinsop plans the following events for 2007: the world championships, world cup, Maxxis cup, and selected European events to be determined, but his main goals are a first trip to the World Cup podium and a top 10 overall ranking.
"I'm really happy to re-sign with Gravity Group for 2007. Last year, the team gave me my first chance to race at World Cup level, and I learned a lot. I'm looking forward to returning to the team this year," said Blenkinsop.