UDFR
19.03.06
DH#2
World Cup Fort William

RACE REPORT : Fort William DH World Cup #2

Things are heating up in the downhill World Cup and we’re extremely proud to see our riders up there. Best of the three was Dakotah with 13th place, Kirk and Jure were 39th and 55th respectively.

Race weekend in Fort William was wet and cold, after more or less sunny races in last few years, we were treated to some fine Scottish weather. Not to complain, this is mountain biking and that’s part of the game—but it’s just more pleasant to be out in the sun. Not to mention that the view from Nevis Range is also more spectacular under a blue sky.

Rain doesn’t affect this track that much, and fortunately fans aren’t scared off by rain, making this a great show for us again. Dakotah was fantastic out on the track and took 3rd behind Loic Bruni at the time. The wind was pretty strong during his run, but he performed really well and only improved as the finish line got closer. He finished in 13th at the end, which keeps him in contact with the top 10. He’s also 13th in the qualies and is now 13th overall.

“ Fort William has always been a hard one for me, it’s pretty rough and long and you just have to hold it out there and be OK with kinda getting a little looser. I think I was strong top to bottom and I rode pretty loose. More so than usual. I knew I had to do that to do well here, and all things considered, I felt very good on the bike. Those guys at the front were just going really fast.”
– Dakotah Norton


Kirk was our second fastest man of the race, finishing in 39th. Kirk came to Scotland with lots of uncertainty, but gained confidence with every run, consistently improving his result. This should boost his confidence for the upcoming round in Leogang.

“I came with pretty low expectations. Since my crash in Maribor, I haven’t been able to ride and train at home that much and wasn’t really sure if I was going to be able to race. To qualify was a goal, to have a good run in the finals was also a goal, and to make it through the weekend without crashing was the biggest goal. I checked them all off, so it’s solid, but I’m not setting the world on fire.”
– Kirk McDowall

Jure lost some positions this time around. He wasn’t the “in-the-zone Jure” in the morning before the finals, but still showed great speed at the very top. He was faster than Bruni on the first split, but then came the mistake… and another one. He quickly got back into full race mode, but it’s a shame that he lost those precious few seconds.

"I was feeling good out there for the whole weekend, but not so much today. I was off to a good start in my final run, but I made a big mistake soon after and another one in the woods. It was hard to get a better result with two mistakes like these on the track. I know I was fast at the top and I’m taking that with me to Leogang."
– Jure Žabjek

Dakotah is now our highest ranking rider, and was the fastest American of the weekend, which is telling!

“I’m happy with where I am overall, I’m just trying to ride consistently and with that speed. I think I’m riding where I should be right now and just continue to gain strength and confidence. I’ll keep working on the bike and myself, and the number on the front of the bike will go down over time. The way it’s going, it’s going well.”
– Dakotah Norton



Norton

Split 1 0:56.047 20th
Split 2 3:07.664 18th
Split 3 3:33.833 15th
Split 4 4:12.682 15th
Final 4:39.634 13rd
Max speed 55.926km/h 13th
Overall Ranking 13rd



Žabjek

Split 1 0:55.738 13rd
Split 2 3:11.854 49th
Split 3 3:43.766 54th
Split 4 4:22.557 57th
Final 4:49.782 55th
Max speed 53.057km/h 51th
Overall Ranking 30th



McDowall

Split 1 0:57.702 57th
Split 2 3:11.373 45th
Split 3 3:41.301 40th
Split 4 4:18.552 41th
Final 4:46.664 39th
Max speed 53.289km/h 48th
Overall Ranking 56th




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