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Team G-Cross Honda

2004 - 2007

Team History

After the demise of Global Racing, 23 Degrees was hired to manage and operate a new team which was owned by the Honda Racing Corporation. Featuring the amazing Honda RN01 Downhill bike with its revolutionary race winning gearbox, the team broke new territory with media attention. Despite a lot of skepticism at first, team leader Greg Minnaar won the first World Cup that the bike entered, by a massive margin, and went on to win the 2005 World Cup overall title.

The bike won 5 World Cup races in total with Greg Minnaar and Matti Lehikoinen and ultimately Honda stopped the project after 4 amazing years. Only 4 riders ever rode on this program, namely Greg Minnaar (RSA), Matti Lehikoinen (FIN), Brendan Fairclough (GBR) and Cyrille Kurtz (FRA).

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Team Results

Greg Minnaar, South Africa (2004-2007)

2004

9th – World Cup Overall Men’s DH
1st – Fort William World Cup DH
2nd – UCI World Championship Men’s DH
4th – Livigno World Cup DH
10th – Calgary World Cup DH
29th – Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH
1st – NORBA Overall Men’s DH Series
1st – NORBA DH – Snowshoe Mountain
1st – NORBA DH – Durango
1st – NORBA DH – Mount Snow
1st – NORBA DH – Schweitzer Mountain
6th – NORBA DH – Snowmass
9th – NORBA DH – Big Bear
1st – Mexican National Championships
1st – Andalusian Cup – Motril
2nd – British National DH Series – Moelfre 
5th – Lisbon Down Town
6th – iXS DH Cup - Buttes

2005

1st – World Cup Overall Men’s DH
1st – Willingen World Cup DH
1st – Camboriu Beach World Cup DH
1st – Angel Fire World Cup DH
2nd – Fort William World Cup DH
2nd – Vigo World Cup DH
2nd – Pila World Cup DH
2nd – Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH
4th – Schladming World Cup DH
3rd – UCI World Championship Men’s DH
4th – UCI World Championship Men’s 4X
18th – World Cup Overall Men’s 4X
5th – Fort William World Cup 4X
11th – Vigo World Cup 4X
13th – Angel Fire World Cup 4X
21st – Pila World Cup 4X
2nd – NORBA DH – Deer Valley
2nd – NORBA DH – Schweitzer Mountain
1st – Coupe de France DH – La Bresse
3rd – Lisbon Down Town
7th – Super Cup Lyon
10th – Maxxis Cup – Vallnord 

2006

3rd – World Cup Overall Men’s DH
2nd – UCI World Championship Men’s DH
2nd – Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH
3rd – Fort William World Cup DH
3rd – Willingen World Cup DH
3rd – Schladming World Cup DH
19th – Vigo World Cup DH
23rd – Camboriu Beach World Cup DH
2nd – NORBA Overall Men’s DH Series
1st – NORBA DH – Mount Snow
1st – NORBA DH – Deer Valley
1st – NORBA DH – Snowmass
1st – NORBA Dual Slalom – Snowmass
2nd – British National DH Series – Fort William
2nd – NORBA DH – Brian Head
8th – NORBA DH – Sonoma
5th – Lisbon Down Town

2007

6th – World Cup Overall Men’s DH
2nd – Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH
3rd – Vigo World Cup DH
3rd – Schladming World Cup DH
4th – UCI World Championship Men’s DH
74th – Champery World Cup DH
3rd – Sprint Avalanche Cup 4X – Lyon 
7th – Sprint Avalanche Cup DH – Lyon 
4th – British National Series DH – Ae Forest
19th – British National Series DH – Innerleithen
17th – Lisbon Down Town

Matti Lehikoinen, Finland (2005-2007)

2005

11th – World Cup Overall Men’s DH
6th – Fort William World Cup DH
7th – Vigo World Cup DH
7th – Willingen World Cup DH
11th – Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH
13th – Camboriu Beach World Cup DH
13th – Angel Fire World Cup DH
20th – Pila World Cup DH
77th – Schladming World Cup DH
20th – UCI World Championship Men’s DH
2nd – Coupe de France DH – La Bresse
3rd – Maxxis Cup – Gouveia
5th – Lisbon Down Town

2006

6th – World Cup Overall Men’s DH
1st – Camboriu Beach World Cup DH
4th – Schladming World Cup DH
6th – Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH
9th – Fort William World Cup DH
9th – Willingen World Cup DH
16th – Vigo World Cup DH
8th – UCI World Championship Men’s DH
8th – NORBA Overall Men’s DH Series
3rd – NORBA DH – Mount Snow
3rd – NORBA DH – Brian Head
4th – NORBA DH – Deer Valley
4th – NORBA DH – Snowmass
4th – Coupe de France DH – La Bresse
11th – Lisbon Down Town

2007

2nd – World Cup Overall Men’s DH
1st – Champery World Cup DH
4th – Schladming World Cup DH
4th – Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH
7th – Maribor World Cup DH
6th – UCI World Championship Men’s DH
11th – Vigo World Cup DH
3rd – British National Series DH – Ae Forest
4th – Maxxis Cup – Gouveia
5th – Lisbon Down Town
7th – British National Series DH – Caersws

Brendan Fairclough, Great Britain (2007)

2007

12th – World Cup Overall Men’s DH
7th – Schladming World Cup DH
8th – Maribor World Cup DH
13th – Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH
37th – Vigo World Cup DH
40th – Champery World Cup DH
26th – UCI World Championship Men’s DH
4th – British National Series DH - Caersws
8th – Maxxis Cup – Gouveia
9th – Open DH Espana – Vall d’Uixo

Cyrille Kurtz, France (2004)

2004

41st – World Cup Overall Men’s DH
20th – Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup DH
28th – Calgary World Cup DH
48th – Livigno World Cup DH
50th – Fort William World Cup DH
46th – UCI World Championship Junior Men’s DH (Qualified 2nd)
2nd – French National Junior Men’s DH Championships
1st – British DH Series – Moelfre – Junior Men’s DH
5th – European Junior Men’s DH Championships
6th – NORBA DH – Snowshoe Mountain
14th – NORBA DH – Big Bear
18th – NORBA DH – Snowmass
50th – NORBA DH – Mount Snow
9th – iXS DH Cup - Buttes
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