There are probably not many riders whose racing careers were interrupted by major injuries as often as Matti Lehikoinen. It was always incredible how he came back after each injury. In the last two years things quieted down around Matti though, his last downhill race was in 2012. But now he announcing his return to racing for this years Enduro World Series!

Matti Lehikoinen back in 2011, when he was racing  downhill
Matti Lehikoinen back in 2011, when he was racing downhill

Even though he was not racing in the last two years, you could see Matti at nearly all Worldcup Races, coaching the norwegian Downhill Team. For 2015, he’ll continue this work, but will also participate in some of the EWS races, the European ones at least. He will be riding for Nukeproof and Mavic.

Matti Lehikoinen Ende 2014 in Finale Ligure
Matti Lehikoinen 2014 in Finale Ligure

We’re happy to welcome another downhill legend to the enduro racing circuit and are excited how he’ll perform. In 2014 at Finale Ligure he was 22. without really doing any proper training, so he’s someone to keep an eye on for sure!

The guys from Wideopen mag catched up with Matti in Portugal and asked him what he’s been up to and where he’s going.


Words: Aaron Steinke Photo: Rami Lappalainen / Red Bull Content Pool

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Aaron Steinke

Aaron was our first employee and actively helped make our company what it is today, significantly shaping the look and direction of our various magazines. Aaron has been pursuing his own projects since mid-2020 but he continues to advise and support us on issues of marketing and technology. For many years, you would usually have found Aaron at casual enduro races, but increasingly you'll find him riding his road bike – long live freedom on two wheels!