The 2015 world downhill champion Loïc Bruni has signed for the newly formed Specialized Gravity Team for the 2016 season.
Former Lapierre racer Bruni, along with 2014 Junior World Champion Loris Vergier and 16-year-old Finn Illes will together make up the brand new Specialized Gravity Team.
With an average team age of just 18, Specialized (in partnership with Pure Agency) will be hoping to conquer podiums for years to come.
Troy Brosnan will stay with the separate Specialized Racing Factory Team.
Bruni spoke about his eagerness to get back on the bike in the new World Cup season:
“I’m really excited about changing my rig for many reasons and it gives me coherence in the way I see my career,” he impenetrably quoted in the Specialized press release.
“We’re all ambitious and able to deliver really professional work while still having fun. I was really seduced by joining such a big family, even if this brand already has the biggest history, I’m excited about being part of it, it’s always been a dream. I’m looking forward to ride well with my rainbow jersey.
“We are already working on preparation for the 2016 season that is promised to be a blast.”
A full presentation has been organised for early this year where Bruni and the rest of the Gravity Team will be demoing the new 8 I Carbon, as well as some other new Specialized products.
The news comes following the departure of three time World Cup winner and current World Cup overall champion Aaron Gwin.
Benno Willet, Team Manager for Specialized’s Factory MTB programs, was excited for the future of Specialized’s racing teams:
“2015 was in many ways our best season yet,” he said.
“At the end of the season, we bid farewell to Aaron Gwin after an awesome season but at the same time we look forward to the future and are excited to be supporting more riders than ever before.”
The UCI MTB Downhill World Cup will begin on the 9th of April 2016 at Lourdes in France.