Top Chief Joe Barnes heads out to the woods to ‘tickle some ruts’ on his new ride after waving goodbye to Canyon Factory Racing.
The news is out. Joe Barnes has set sail from his Canyon Factory Racing days to set up Hazzard Emporium, his own racing and video programme with Orange Bikes.
Joe started his racing career on Orange and rode for the brand for 10 years through his time in Scottish youth DH, World Cup DH, and then into mass start Enduro racing before the EWS began.
For many, this project brings it back to the perfect combo of UK talent. Joe took the Orange Five trail bike all over the world in the early days of enduro racing, but will we see him on something a little bigger this time?
Videos will be back as a major part of Joe’s year. Taking the packed racing calendar and allowing time between the races to travel and film is a key part of the new set up. Select big events like EWS, Mega and Scottish Enduros will get mixed into a year of new races and film trips.
“I want to combine my videos into the racing calendar more for 2019 as for me they compliment each other perfectly. Getting back racing with the boys from home and on my own structure will fit this plan perfectly.”
Joe will be joined on the team by local heroes Lachlan Blair and Fergus Lamb.