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.
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.
- Qualify at my first World Cup
- Be consistent throughout the season
- Get in the top ten overall at the World Cup
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