Just trucked in to Leogang after a weekend in sunny Val di Sole.
I am obviously pretty dissapointed in myself for not putting together any runs the last two weekends.
The weekend started out allright, first practice was fun and both me & Niklas were excited. Think Marcus got a bit scared of the track to be honest so he was struggling a bit at first.
I always liked the track in Val di Sole, it´s steep with a lot of lines to choose from and a lot of roots & technical stuff. But I also think the track is a bit to dangerous in places. The ground is soft and underneath there are rocks & roots that you just can´t see. You have to let go and go fast even though you are not sure what you are putting your wheels on. There was a lot of crashes & injuries in practice so I´m happy to get out in one piece.
Check out the trackwalk-video from @dirt tv: http://mpora.com/videos/AAdi0xrbxgen
Still I like the layout of the track and so on but I think it needs to be prepped a bit better then it has been to be a bit safer for the speed that everyone is going.
Here´s also dirt tvs video from thursdays practice: http://mpora.com/videos/AAdi1pq4smq2
For this trip we don´t have a mechanic at all and on friday morning I lost a bit of time of practice due to a bit of wrenching on my own bike so I got a bit stressed out before qualies.
Marcus just made his way down the hill basicly, ofcourse with some misstakes & stops here & there but atleast made it down and into a 47th spot.
Guest rider Jakob had a pretty good run going until a crash in the lst steep section but still made a 26th spot. Juniors qualifying: http://dirt.mpora.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/44661_DHI_MJ_Results_SR.pdf
My qualifying run just sort of went from a bit sketchy and bad up top to getting worse & worse further down the hill. I made so many misstakes that I just tried to make it down to the finish without crashing. Didn´t even bother to check my result at first as I knew I would be way down the sheet.
I had bib no 18 so I was a protected rider in qualifying but Niklas could have made a bit more use of that plate this weekend. He had a stop up top and made more misstakes coming down. At split one he was all the way down in 123rd place. He made up a lot of time towards the bottom of the track ut it wasn´t enough for a qualifyiong position ending up in 88th spot 1.2 sec of qualiyfying position.
Full elite qualies: http://dirt.mpora.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/DHI_ME_Results_QR.pdf
I wasn´t to worried for finals to be honest. I know that I can go fast and that I just had to put things together in my head a bit more before going down the hill.
Watching the juniors race was a bit like watching the lites-class in moto, more exciting and everyone was just hanging it out everywhere with a lot of crashing and misstakes.
They showed Marcus run on the big screen and it started out pretty bad with him almost going of track in corner one, where he got unclipped and squirly. He made it down to the finish but you could see the head hanging down a bit in the last steep section where he made more misstakes.
A 47th again in finals for him.
Jakob looked like a man on a mission with a pretty loose run. The little man made it into the hotseat
but racing was tight and he ended up in 15th spot 9seconds down on winning Dean Lucas.
I was pretty focused at the start. I just wanted to have an AS clean run as possible down the hill.
Made a two misstakes at the top but my first split was apparently not as bad as I thought it would.
As you are coming out of one of the steepest sections on the track I felt my back end being a bit squirly. It didn´t slow me down to much until it went all empty just as I jumped in before split two.
I rode down as best as I could but barely made it down the last bit of the track.
Felt pretty dam shitty rolling into the finish when I saw that I was up at split one at Peaty and just around the same time at split two.
Nevermind, I will figure out how to make it to the finishline before Andorra but i´m pretty bummed right now.
Next up is IXS-cup Leogang and then Spicak next weekend. Should be good times!