Young French pilot Mika Brageot joins the Breitling team in the Red Bull Air Race 2017 series. He will be flying race champion Nigel Lamb’s MXS-R, but has made it his own with an extraordinary ‘rusted and dirty’ paint scheme.
After flying with Breitling for eight seasons and winning the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2014, Nigel Lamb has retired from the competition. He leaves his seat to his protégé, Mika Brageot, who will now be heading the Breitling Racing Team.
The youngest pilot to have joined the French Aerobatics team, Mika (born 1987) swiftly climbed his way up the ranks of aeronautical competition at national, European and international levels. In 2014, he was selected for the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Cup and pulled off the amazing feat of winning it in just his second season.
In 2016, he was selected to inaugurate a new mentoring programme under Nigel Lamb, where he learnt what it takes to fly in this high-speed, low-altitude competition at the controls of Nigel’s MXS-R, which he will now be flying in the competition. Supporting him are the experienced Breitling Racing Team members who contributed to Nigel Lamb's success – technician Mark ‘Bugs’ Hensman (known for his high-energy aerobatic displays on the South African airshow circuit), track and tactical analyst Max Lamb and team coordinator Victoria Griffiths. This the new generation Breitling Racing Team.
To mark this new start, the MXS-R re-named ‘Skyracer’ has been completely repainted with a daring, military-inspired oily and rusted design, euphemistically termed ‘vintage’ and ‘hard-worn’, that looks as though it needs some serious restoration – despite the plane in reality being the vanguard of technology. Breitling says it is an offbeat tip of the hat that is perfectly in sync with the Breitling spirit. And it is sure to attract attention, both on the ground and in the air.