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.
Here you can find the complete set of results.
We are now heading to Bikepark Innsbruck for the second round of the crankworx series- meet us there!