Last weekend the UCI Downhill world cup circus arrived at Val di sole for the final round of the 2017 series. With the championship, still to be decided, all eyes were on Minaar and Gwin, 2 juggernauts of the sport who had fought hard all year to take the crown, but, with both experiencing uncharacteristic misfortune throughout the 2017 season, things had not gone to plan. A statement that resonated for most riders in the top 5 in 2017, with a variety of technical or equipment malfunctions, even freak weather events that have thrown the 2017 series in to championship chaos at several points throughout the year. A lot of the weird and wonderful ‘racing moments’ we have witnessed in 2017 have not been caused by rider error this year. That misfortune has not been selective with WD-40 Athlete Danny Hart (who became world champion at this venue in 2016) also succumbing to unusual conditions early in the 2017 season. At Val di Sole Danny was determined to continue his recent run of form that has taken him all the way back up to 4th overall in the standings as racing begun in the valley of the sun. Danny used his race craft to qualify in a steady 8th place nicely in the top 10 and proof that he was on the pace. On race day Danny was up on the first time split, but soon after had an un usual crash, Danny got straight back up and continued down the course, but the damage was done and with times so tight at the top Danny could unfortunately only achieve 32nd on the day. That result meant that Danny finished the World Cup series in 6th overall – an impressive achievement considering he was unable to take any real championship points from the first 2 rounds. Next up is the world championships for the last race of the 2017 season in Cairns Australia. #WD-40 bike
Monthly Archives: August 2017
It was a weekend of highs for Team WD-40 at Cadwell Park over the weekend, as the team looked to build on recent performances and end the season on a high. Tommy came into the weekend on the back of a disappointing performance at his home track of Thruxton last time out, but Cadwell Park holds great memories for the Wiltshire rider as this is where he claimed his first BSB race win in 2013! Going into Saturday’s qualifying session, Tommy looked in fine form finishing the third practice session in 11th place, Tommy then followed this up with a b rilliant qualifying session where he qualified in 12th position for the first race of the weekend with a time of 1:27.148. This really set up Tommy’s weekend as he then used this place on the grid to pick through the field and finish race one of the weekend in 9th place, only Tommy’s second top ten of the season! This was then quickly followed up by Tommy’s best result of the season in the second and final race of the weekend, finishing in 6th place and gaining 10 points in the overall standings! A great weekend for Tommy as he moves into 14th in the overall standings with one race of the regular season to go! Podium Finish for the Outlaw! It was also a great weekend for Mason Law, who continued his great form this season with a 3rd place finish in round 8 of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship. This podium finish moved mason up to 4th in the overall standings with one round to go! A weekend of ups and downs for Delves It was a mixed weekend for Liam Delves as he had a brilliant qualifying session and qualified in 7th place, only for a technical fault on the grid meaning he had to start from the back of the grid in 38th place! Non-the less, Liam didn’t let that hold him back as he cut through the pack to finish in 12th place! An unbelievable race for the young rider!! The Boys will be back on track at Silverstone on the 8th-10th of September for the last Round of the regular season!
This weekend saw the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup travel across the pond to Mont Sainte Anne in Canada for the first and only stage of this year’s World Cup held outside Europe. Danny came into the weekend full of confidence after some brilliant previous results including two 3rd place finishes in the last two consecutive World Cup races! With the course set up dry and quick, Danny was looking to repeat his heroics from last year’s World Cup where he won on this very same course! He quickly showed how comfortable he is on the Canadian mountain finishing 2nd in a quick timed practice on Thursday, completing the course only one second behind 1st placed Loic Bruni. With Danny’s confidence building from race to race this season, he was certainly in the mood for success this weekend and he brought that mood into qualifying on Saturday! Danny ripped down the dry and gnarly course to qualify in 4th place for Sunday’s race, just 3 seconds behind top qualifier and this year’s stand out rider, Aaron Gwin! Onto Race day and with the weather coming, it took the course from a fast, dry course into a wet, tricky and slippery course!! The early lead was taken by Australian Dean Lucas, who was in the Hot seat right up until the final riders came down the mountain! Danny, who has previously won in such terrible conditions, came out aggressively and was immediately taking time off the current leader! Danny was ahead all the way until the final sector, where he just came up short of the leader’s time! An unbelievable run and 3rd place from the World Champ given the conditions!! Fastest qualifier then smashed the course and the leaders time to take the win…. Again! Danny’s 3rd place finish moves him up to 4th in the overall World Cup Standing with one race to go in Val De Sole, Italy at the end of August!
This month, the WD-40 Team are giving away some exciting prizes to 5 lucky winners!! The prize includes WD-40 branded Water bottles, 5 Picnic hampers and one lucky entrant will win a TomTom Sat Nav!! THAT ONE LUCKY ENTRANT IS…….. PERRY TAYLOR!! CONGRATULATIONS PERRY! THE 5 WINNERS OF THE PICNIC HAMPERS ARE AS FOLLOWS… RICHARD BALDING JON PRESTEDGE FRANCES FRENCH SHAMIM PROPHETT KLARA SUTO WELL DONE TO ALL THE WINNERS!! DON’T FORGET TO KEEP YOUR ENTRIES COMING IN, YOU COULD WIN A ROAD TRIP OF A LIFETIME!!