Australians Nathan Rennie and Mitchell Delfs will represent the Kenda Morewood World Cup racing team on the downhill circuit in 2009.
27-year-old Rennie, a former overall UCI World Cup Downhill Champion and Junior World Champion, is a regular World Cup podium visitor. After several World Cup podiums in 2008, with his highlight being second on home turf at the Canberra round, Rennie is looking forward to the 2009 World Cup and the World Championships.
"I am super happy to be where I am in 2009. I'm stuck in training already and my knee feels good. It won't be long before it will be 100%. I feel like the change for me is for the better for all parties and just want to get racing again," said Rennie.
Delfs, 19, is still one of the young guns on the World Cup circuit. After a good performance during the 2007 World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, and a fourth place at 2007 Junior World Championships, he was given the opportunity to participate in his first full World Cup season in 2008. Delfs has progressed from race to race and after two top 10 finishes in the second part of the season, he has become a contender for
"It's going to be an exciting year, with a great bike and good factory support to race on. I'm sure there will be a few World Cups with my name on it. With a new team mate as fast as Nathan Rennie I know my riding will improve," said Delfs.
The pair will race the Morewood Makulu in races and train on the Mbuzi, Shova and Ndiza.