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Josh Button

Josh Button

Josh Button is a hard-working young man that has made a strong comeback in 2016 after his first streak of World Cup downhill racing from 2007 to 2012. While many have had it easy, Josh has been knocked down and had to work his way back many times. In 2016 at the Australian National Championships he was talking with Connor Fearon about how he would love to come back and do a year of World Cups. He spoke with team manager Mathieu Dupelle, Connor offered him his old race bike, and they told him he could travel with them as long as he didn't mind sleeping on the couch at races.


Their accommodation at the Cairns World Cup was small and he was sleeping on the floor on a camping mattress, but it didn't slow him down and he got 5th place which was the best result of his career. For the next World Cup at Fort William they upgraded him to a bed, and he had a devastating crash which dislocated his hip. It took him six months to properly heal, but throughout his recovery Josh stayed positive and he is ready for the 2017 World Cup season. With his camping mattress in his bike bag, ready to depart after a long off-season driving a bulldozer for work, Josh is one of the toughest people you will ever meet.

RIDER INFO

Date of Birth
November 25, 1989
Disciplines / Riding or Racing Focus
Downhill
Konas in Your Quiver
Operator
Personal touches on your bikes?
Green & Gold World Champs colors.
Pre-ride Rituals
A brief prayer if the track's gnarly.
Where are you from / where do you live?
Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia.
Riding with Kona since
2016
Goals for the 2017 season?
Consistency.
Favorite place to ride
Morzine
Three things we don’t know about you?
  1. Keen moto guy
  2. Keen surfer guy
  3. Earthmover guy
Cats or dogs?
Dogs. Cats are savage.
Would you rather be eaten by a lion or be eaten by ants?
Lion. Bulldog ants here in Coffs are so gnarly!
Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?
Zombies. World War Z is such a mint film.
Would you rather become a superhero or a supervillain?
Superhero. I would love to be able to pause and rewind time, to just be a lord, save people, win money and get hella birds.
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise. I’m a morning person.

Favorite moment of 2016

Cairns World Cup podium, hands down. I'd never had support like that before, and it gave me the motivation to work through my injury and work hard for the 2017 season.

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