Another video summary by Björn Hunger of our fabulous week in Leogang… good things happen when you don’t expect them! 4 elite men in the finals, 3 out of 4 in the top 10, 1 podium with a 3rd place and the 2nd place in the team results… you can’t ask for more- we are stoked!
Day 4: Race day
Another race is in the books and we are catching up. We went into the race day fully excited, as we knew we were on a good pace. All the riders from the factory program qualified in the top ten, as well as Johannes qualified for the men’s final and new add on Patrik qualified for the juniors final. The times from the day before were very promising, which let us hope for the jackpot.
Patrik was the first in juniors race and struggled a bit after coming back from a broken scaphoid. He did some mistakes and crashed in the last section of the track. In the end he became 16th, which was maybe a little setback for him, but the result from qualifying is something we can build on.
Co-factory rider Johannes was the first to come down. Johannes didn’t find his flow, made some mistakes, which send him back into 54thposition, but we think positive, as we know what to change to get him up in the rankings.
Mike Jones was net to come. He already showed in the first timed training session that you have to have him on the radar. His 2ndplace was motivation was enough to qualify in 10thposition with a steady run. In his final race run Mike put a solid run together which got him into 8thplace in the end.
Laurie was next to come. He qualified in 6thplace, which was the perfect position for an attack- and so he did. Laurie had one of these runs he is known for- wild and on eth edge, but controlled and precise at the same time. He was just a few tenth of a seconds of the time of current leader Aaron Gwin and crossed the finish line in second position, but got 3rdin the final result.
Last man of the MS Mondraker team was Brook MacDonald. Still not 100% fit and missing some weeks of riding after a broken collarbone, Brook shows an incredible performance. A 2ndplace in qualification got him into the circle of favorites. Brook was the second last man to come down today. He lost some time in the top parts and took a different line in the lower section. Brook got 9thin the end… maybe he was not really satisfied with that, but happy to know that he is on the pace to keep up with the current podium riders.
The 3rdplace of Laurie was our first world cup podium this season and the fact that we had three riders in the top 10 brought us into the 2ndplace of today’s team ranking. We are now back in 4thposition of the team overall world cup ranking and keep catching up.
We are now heading to Bikepark Innsbruck for the second round of the crankworx series- meet us there!
We had an amazing qualifying day today. Brook, Laurie and Mike from the factory squad qualified in the top 10, as well as Johannes from the co-factory team qualified in 40thposition. This result got completed with the 6thplace in qualification for the men junior race of Patrik Butler, which is pretty promising considering his situation of a coming back after a broken scaphoid. We are now in a very good position for the race tomorrow. Stay tuned and follow the race on https://www.redbull.tv/live/AP-1VPHMM9GS1W11/mercedes-benz-uci-mountain-bike-world-cup
First day of practice was wild. The riders couldn’t wait to ride the new version of the DH world cup track in Leogang. Laurie, Brook and Mike got on speed really quick and they were on the same pace thru out the open training session. Mike was leading in the timed training session for quite a while and got 2ndin the end. Brook got 14thwith a solid run and Laurie got 20thwith a so-so run and an almost crash, where he hit a tree. We have a good pace and everything is open for tomorrows qualification.
In the past few years Leogang was maybe not the most popular track on the world cup circuit. Too easy and to “bikeparky” was the common sense between the riders. Even more we have been surprised on track walk when we saw the modifications the organizers did to the track- especially the nice new grass off camber section was in favor of all the riders. The new common sense?! Bring on the race and lets rock!
We had an amazing qualifying day today. Brook, Laurie and Mike from the factory squad qualified in the top 10, as well as Johannes from the co-factory team qualified in 40thpositi