Thames, New Zealand

Guy Johnston

Biography

Guy Johnston

Thames, New Zealand

Guy Johnston is only a few months older than his Junior teammate. The 16-year-old hails from Thames, New Zealand, which is 70 miles / 114 kilometers south east of Auckland. Guy was brought to racing by his parents and has a BMX background. Since then the adrenaline rush of racing and hitting a jump or section of any track well has been a cornerstone of his life. The New Zealander looks up to Greg Minnaar and fellow-countryman Brook MacDonald and will be looking to take the first steps in pursuit their greatness in the coming season.

Born: 5 February 2003
Q&A

Why do you ride: Because I love it, it gives me an adrenaline rush like nothing else.

What/who started you racing: My parents when I made the change from BMX.

Weakness: Acknowledging my success/results.

Most important people in your life and career: My parents and everyone else who supports me and my riding.

Racing since: 2015

Professional since: 2020

Best part of racing: The feeling of success and accomplishment when I win a race or get a section/jump good on track.

Hardest part: Overcoming failure and pushing on.

Worst moment in career: Crashing hard in my last practice run at the 2019 Oceania Championships and not being able to race as fast as I wanted or knew I could.

Best moment in career: Getting selected to race for the YT Mob.

General career goals: Get myself to be one of the best in the world.

Best idea of having good time: Riding my bike or motorbike with mates, just having fun.

Favourite place to travel to: Queenstown (NZL).

Most respected mountain bike riders: Brook MacDonald, Greg Minnaar.

Other most respected athletes: Ken Roczen, Levi Sherwood.

Favourite Downhill Track: Dirtstar DH Cardrona, Queenstown.

Advice to beginners: If you don't succeed try again, be the best version of yourself.

Other interests: Motocross.

If I was not a professional mountain biker... Riding Motocross.

Objectives
  • Qualify at my first World Cup
  • Be consistent throughout the season
  • Get in the top ten overall at the World Cup
Career Highlights
  • Winning my first race in U17

  • Winning the 2018 Oceania Champs in Dunedin in the wet

  • Getting selected as 1 of the 8 to go to Spain for the YT Mob World Tour Finals

  • Getting selected to be on the YT Mob team for 2020

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