Winner of the Red Bull Rampage McGazza Spirit Award in 2018, Fairclough is known for his sportsmanship as well as his talent, helping fellow riders who’ve taken a spill even when he’s competing himself. "I’m super keen to get the season underway. I’m feeling great heading into 2019, and look forward to riding my bike, both on track and for film projects. We have a good vibe going with the team; it’s all very exciting," he said.
Dean Lucas took third place at the World Cup opener last year in Croatia and tenth at Mont-Sainte-Anne, was fourth at Crankworx Rotorua, and was sixth in the Australian National Championships. He’s enthused about joining the team: “I’m really excited to be given the opportunity to work with such a well-known and high-end company like SCOTT. I feel I started to peak momentum towards the end of last season and know I will carry that on leading into 2019!”
Marine Cabirou won the 2018 Women’s Elite French Cup DH #1 as well as the Descenso Sant Andreu De La Barca Gran Premi Diputacio De Barcelona, and took fourth place at the UCI MTB World Championships. "I am very motivated for this new season, and even more so by integrating into the new SCOTT Downhill Factory Team. We are really in good shape, and I’m sure that we are going to do big things together," she said.
Florent Payet won the Men’s Elite at the 2018 Descenso Sant Andreu De La Barca Gran Premi Diputacio De Barcelona, took second place at the French Cup DH #1 in 2018, and fifth place in the French National Championships. Payet is also excited about the coming season: "I’m stoked to ride for such a big brand with some dream teammates. We have an amazing bike and a solid crew. I’m really excited to spend more time pushing our limits with these guys!"
Maxxis is proud to sponsor the 2019 SCOTT Factory DH Team and looks forward to seeing them on World Cup podiums throughout the year.