As a small manufacturer you need to be creative in finding ways to become a sponsor in World Cup racing. In the past ONZA Tires has proven it has a knack for finding promising racers. For example, in 4X racing, top results were obtained with Roger Rinderknecht, David Graf and Quentin Derbier, with the highlight being a 4X World Champion title that Roger Rinderknecht won in 2012 on ONZA Tires.
As of May this year, a new chapter has been started, with ONZA Tires returning to World Cup racing as the tire sponsor for the French team Voul Voul Racing. The riders are being supplied with downhill tire models such as the Ibex, Citius and Greina in the new GPR40 rubber compound that has been developed in cooperation with Swiss company Visco Lab GmbH.
In the DH World Cup scene, Voul Voul Racing is a small set up with potentially big firepower. Three riders make up the team. There’s Marine Cabirou, currently racing her last season as a junior, and distancing all other junior racers by more than a minute in the first three DH World Cup races of the season. In Fort William she made it into the top 10 in the women’s race, finishing 9th overall. Then there’s her 21 year old brother, Rudy, scoring his first top 10 finish in a DH World Cup race at the season followed by a 24th in Fort William and a 31st in Leogang, respectively. Voul Voul Racing’s third World Cup starter is 22 year-old Baptiste Pierron, narrowly missing out on a top 50 finish in Leogang.