The Monster Energy/Iron Horse/Mad Catz racing announced its team for the upcoming 2006-competition season.
The team led thing off by signing twenty-one year old Australian Sam Hill to additional three years. A two-time Junior World Champion (2002-'03) and two-time US Open Champion, Hill finished second in the UCI World Cup downhill standings the past two years (2004-'05). Hill has also won medals at the World Championships the past two seasons, collecting a Bronze in '04 and a silver this past summer. Hill will again focus on the UCI World Cup series this summer, the UCI World Championships (Aug. 22-27 in New Zealand) and at select ‘big time' events throughout the world.
Joining Hill in men's competition will be fellow Australian Justin Havukainen. In his sophomore year on the team, the twenty-two year old cracked the top ten last year on the UCI World Cup tour and blazed to a podium finish in the US Open. This summer Havukainen will focus on North American events, including the NCS National Series, North American World Cup races and the US Open.
Also joining the team is Sabrina Jonnier. Considered to be a lock on the podium in any race she enters, Jonnier, 25, was last year's US Open Champion, placed second overall on the UCI World Cup Series and scored a silver medal at the UCI World Championships.