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Before turning professional in 1993 Warner worked for 6 months at the Rover plant in Oxford on a production line building the Rover 800 series car. After riding for Saracen with teammate Steve Peat and then MBUK, he signed for the Giant Bicycles Downhill Team, and remained with them until the end of 2016.
He has joined Commencal Bikes for 2017 according to his Instagram
In 1996 he became the first ever British rider to win a round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup taking a historic win at Kaprun in Austria. According to Warner, in a video streamed to Pinkbike on 2 June 2014 titled The Lost Rob Warner Story, he actually won the Kaprun World Cup with an STI he picked up in Les Gets a week before. He is possibly the only mountain biker in history to win a World Cup with an infection such as this.
Rob Warner also appeared on an edition of You Bet! where he raced a rally car. despite failing to beat the car he did get to meet Jet from Gladiators who was hosting the show.
For the last two seasons he has also presented commentary on World Cup and World Championship downhill rounds with Claudio Caluori and the World Cup Cross Country (XCC & XCO) with Dutch 1996 Olympic Champion, Bart Brentjens.