Men's Top 5
1. Aaron Gwin
2. Danny Hart
3. Gee Atherton
4. Sam Hill
5. Josh BrycelandComplete results at bottom
After a few days of sunshine and dry conditions at Fort William the rain started to come down about an hour or two before the start of the women's final. Track conditions went from hard and dry to wet and soft, with some definite slippery sections and greatly varying visibility.
Dan Atherton decided to race the DH here at Fort William this year after spending the season racing enduro. Not overly fast, but still in the game. His run put him 11th behind Bryn Atkinson. With 20 riders to go it was Bryn, Patrick Thome and Lewis Buchanan on the hot seat. Great run for Lewis, he held the hot seat for 16 riders until Bryn took it away from him. Brendan Fairclough looked good but tired, struggling a little bit to clear the jumps at the bottom, 2 seconds back and into 9th. It looks like the time off the bike really didn't do him well, he's going to need to regain a bit of fitness now. Greg Williamson down next, charging into the hot seat to take the lead by 4.178 seconds. Ruaridh Cunningham didn't finish his run, hopefully just a flat. Jared Graves on course, he was 55th last weekend in Val di Sole, could he improve on that here? Probably not, finishing 48 seconds back and into 52 spot with over 20 riders to go. Rider after rider cam down covered in dirt with slow times. Nick Beer way back at the first split then only 1.5 back at the finish. Steve Peat had horrible crash yesterday and almost didn't ride today. Watching him ride through the fog at the top it looked like he slid off the course and had to hike back on.
Aaron Gwin crashed twice yesterday in qualifying and started 61st with 20 riders still to come. 2nd at split one, but over 9 seconds up at the second split, charging! 9.654 ahead to move into the hot seat, would anyone be able to beat him? Sam Dale next, and only 7 seconds back of Gwin to move into second spot.
|Look at the conditions on the top part of the course, the cameraman's done good just to find him up there. - Warner commenting on the visibility at the top of the course.|
Andrew Neethling up, and only half a second back at the first split, but 6.8 back at the second split, 8.127 back at the finish to move into 4th. Luke Strobel, America's other rider, 8.16 back at the second split and +8.958 at the finish to move into 5th. Junior rider Loic Bruni styling it up over the jumps and finishing +9.615 and into 6th, that should be more than enough to widen his lead in the jr category. 15 riders to go... Joe Smith moving up on his run, second fastest at the second split, 6.938 back at the finish to move into second behind Gwin, but still a lot of fast riders to come... Matt Simmonds pedaling hard down the bottom part of the course to move into 4th as the rain eased off. Leov on track, 25th at split one and +15 at split two and into 22nd spot at the finish. 17th spot for Jusso at the first two rounds, he's going to have to step it up a bit for the rest of the season. Mick Hannah looking fast at the top, and still charging at the bottom but +10 at the second split, big whip over the hip, +9.2 and into 8th spot at the finish with 11 riders to come. George Brannigan down next, +14 for 13th spot, and we're into the top 10. Will Gwin's time stand? That's the real question at this point.
Brook MacDonald, the Bulldog. He crashed at Val di Sole last weekend, and crashed here somewhere on the track, covered in mud. +38 seconds as he came through the bottom part of the course, styling it up and whipping every jump to finish 39 seconds back. It's still Gwin, Smith and Simmonds on the hot seat. Cam Cole 6th at split 2, seven seconds back. +7.564 at the finish to move into 5th, still no change in the top 3. Josh Bryceland on course and looking to improve on last weekends result at VDS. 22nd at split one but less than 1.5 seconds back. + 4.5 and second fastest at the second split, awesome style and only +5.058 back at the finish to move him into second spot behind Gwin, knocking Sam Dale off the hot seat with 7 riders left to go. Sam Hill on course dressed all in Pink on his Pink bike. Looking fast +3 at the second split and in second spot, he's won here before and wants it again. Pedaling hard down the bottom section, +3.532 at the finish to move into second behind Gwin and bump Bryceland into third. Will he make the podium? Six fast riders left at the top...
Greg Minnaar on course, he's needing a win here to take back the overall lead from Gwin, he's looking fast at the top, but he hit a rock and lost his chain at one point, +4.993 at the second split, and +5.123 at the finish. Not good enough to make the top 3, this will give Gwin a bit of a lead in the series now. Sam Blenkinsop next up, 17th at split one and up to 6th at split 2, he's charging. +8.03 at the finish and into 10th though, four riders left, Stevie Smith, Danny Hart, Gee Atherton and Marc Beaumont.
Stevie Smith on the track now, riding with a taped up finger that he injured at Val di Sole. 0.2 back at the first split, +11 at the second split and into 18th spot, +11 and 17th at the finish. Will any of the last three riders be able to unseat Gwin? It's still Aaron in first, Hill in second, and Bryceland in third at this point.
Danny Hart, the current World Champion, fastest at split one. +1.68 at the second split, he's looking really fast here. 0.834 back at the finish, faster than Gwin on the bottom section, but not fast enough, he moves into second with Atherton and Beaumont left at the top. It's now Gwin, Hart and Hill in the top 3 spots.
Gee Atherton on course, visibility is looking terrible at the top. Gee is +4.14 at the second split, +2.516 at the finish and into 3rd with only Beaumont left at the top, things are looking good for Gwin.
Beaumont leaves the top with horrible visibility, hard to see him on the track. Off track somewhere, he finishes +32 and it's all about Gwin here today.42221 DHI ME Results42221 DHI ME Standings