We were off to a good start in France for this 5th race. Dakotah was feeling good in Les Gets, especially after some bike setting changes. The confirmation came on Friday in the qualifications, when he took 13th place, knowing that he still had some aces up his sleeve.
The track in Les Gets was so loose that Dak decided to run Shortys front and rear for his race run, as they gave some extra traction on the dusty surface. That helped, but on such a fast track―with speeds above 60 km/hr―even that wasn’t enough. Every rider went sideways in at least a couple of sections, so did Dakotah who finished the race in 36th place. He still holds the 21st place in the overall standings―thanks to great results on Friday.
“This weekend… tough race. It was a different track from what we’ve raced in the past, I don’t think it was a track that necessarily suited me. Regardless, I found some speed in qualifying and I just didn’t find the flow in the finals. I felt like I was riding well all weekend, like I made some huge gains from the first lap to the last lap. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have the flow in the finals.”
– Dakotah Norton
At the same time, it was a fantastic weekend for Canadian Junior sensation Patrick Laffey. The young gun from the Devinci Development Racing continues his progression. The Vancouver Island native landed once again on the podium in Les Gets.
He's never been outside the Top 5 at his four first ever World Cups. He scored his best result in Les Gets with a Silver Medal, 1,6 seconds off the winning time. Laffey now sit’s 2nd overall of the World Cup Series.
> After two races in Europe, Laffey is back in Canada and preparing for the Canadian National Championships in two weeks time.
Tanja Žakelj showed her new best of the season in Les Gets—she was 16th on the XCO race on Sunday 19th on the short track Friday. This is her second great result in two weeks. The Cross-Country race in Andorra was one of the most exciting we’ve seen in the last few years, and we’re happy to report that Tanja Žakelj had her best performance so far this season. She was 19th on the Sunday XCO race, before that she took 25th on Friday’s short-track race.
“Les Gets is a new venue in the World Cup and I like that. The track has no technical challenges, but I knew right away that it would be very hard physically. I must admit that it was very fast on the descents and we had to stay focused for the entire race. My mission was to make it through the race as optimally as possible. I did that and the end was good, so I can be happy with my result."
– Tanja Žakelj
Tanja is now 23rd in the overall standings
Split 1 0:39.676 45th
Split 2 1:28.881 48th
Split 3 2:07.528 38th
Split 4 2:46.430 37th
Final 3:06.301 36rd
Max speed 64.168 km/h 10th
Overall Ranking 21st