DANNY HART IS THE 2016 WORLD DOWNHILL CHAMPION!

Danny Hart is the 2016 World Downhill Champion! In racing they say confidence breeds confidence, and Danny’s perfect end of season form in the world cup championship couldn’t have been better. Winning the last 3 events back to back, the next stop for the selected few (chosen by their national governing bodies to represent their country) was the World Championships in Val di Sole. The World Championships is a one day affair – the pinnacle of the season. 1 shot at glory, all or nothing. The question on everyone’s lips was – could Danny Hart really do 4 for 4? Val di Sole has a reputation for being hard, but this? This was without doubt the toughest race track of all time. Defending Champion Loic Bruni looked fast in Sunday’s morning practise sessions but a puncture in his race run ended his hopes of a 2nd consecutive stint in the coveted rainbow jersey. Team mate and fellow Brit Laurie Greenland set the day’s fastest time early on, a staggering 3 seconds faster than Saturdays best timed practise result from Danny Hart and as the riders came down one by one it slowly sank in that last year’s junior world champion could be about to write history and become this year’s elite men’s world champion. 1 by 1 the riders were coming down the mountain but all of their time splits were red – until Danny Hart left the start hut and showed the world what he and he alone, is capable of. Danny’s run was everything, awe inspiring, creative, fast, (damned fast) and yet somehow completely in control – even inventive with the rapidly deteriorating course creating never before seen problems on track. A sublime demonstration of talent & skill, Danny crossed the line 2.97 seconds faster than the best of the rest of the world in a league of his own, without a doubt as the most deserving winner of the World Championship Honours for 2016. As you can imagine we are delighted to have been part of this season and to have supported Danny with our products.   Congratulations Danny Hart – 2016 World Champion! #wd40bike

DANNY HART WINS IN ANDORRA (AGAIN!)

Danny Hart wins in Andorra (AGAIN!) Making it 3 on the bounce for the Redcar Rocket! After a hard week of dry, sunny and very dusty practise at the Val Norde venue high in the Pyrenees Mountains. Saturday was race day, and it delivered a sensational turn of events as the final round of the World Cup Series unfolded. Aaron Gwin was always the bookies favourite for the 2016 season delivering the most consistent results after dominating the race scene for the last few years. Following his 2nd place qualification on Friday all Aaron had to do was roll down the hill in 80th position or better and the championship was his. Business as usual then on race day, until, the heavens opened… The dust had become so thick and deep that most of the top runners were already using mud tyres to hold any chance of maintaining grip, but for the last hour of racing, mud tyres were a necessity as conditions deteriorated and the heavens truly opened. The later the riders were the harder the conditions would be – making the fastest runners victims of their own success.   A moment caught on the TV coverage, pre-race runs said it all. A zoom in on Danny warming up showed a smiling man – who would bet against him in the mud. Onto the hill and Danny delivered a truly masterful display of bike handling that was of genius level. Destroying the previous fastest time by nearly 3 second (that time was set by the worlds winningest world cup rider and multiple world champion Greg Minaar). The crowds erupted and now the pressure sat with the few remaining riders left at the start hut. With conditions deteriorating further, would anyone come close to matching Danny’s time? With Gwinn 69th at split 2 suddenly there was even a small glimmer of the overall, but that fairy tale was not to be, Gwinn finished a smart riders 55th to take the overall. Danny has hit the form of his life as the season has continued. He suggested a 3 for 3 back in Mont Sainte Anne heading into Andorra, now he’s delivered on that.   On Saturday, as he fielded the media questions from within the winner’s enclosure, Danny stated “Why stop here?” The next race for the chosen few is the World Championships in Val di Sole Italy on the 11th of September. And a fourth win on the bounce could provide the most prestigious result of them all…