Results: Mob n Mojave Downhill 2020

Feb 17, 2020
by Ed Spratt  

With the first World Cup just over a month away regional racing is kicking into gear for the 2020 season. This weekend saw some top American riders head to Bootleg Canyon for the Mob N Mojave Downhill race. In the Pro Men's racing, Cole Suetos managed to pull out a great run that saw him take the top spot on the podium beating the likes of Aaron Gwin. Sitting on the second step was KHS Racing's Nikolas Nestoroff who rode within 0.61 seconds of Suetos' time making for some close racing at the top. Aaron Gwin onboard his prototype Intense bike couldn't match the pace of the top two riders and finished the weekend nearly three seconds back in third place. He posted his full race run on Instagram:


For the Pro Women's field, the racing wasn't quite as close with Kailey Skelton pulling out almost two seconds on Jordan Scott in second place. Over thirty seconds off the time of the two fastest women was Mckenna Merten who crossed the line with a time of 6:12.02.

Results:

Pro Men

1st. Cole Suetos: 4:23.02
2nd. Nikolas Nestoroff: +0.61
3rd. Aaron Gwin: +2.47
4th. Austin Dooley: +5
5th. Steven Walton: +11.04


Pro Women

1st. Kailey Skelton: 5:41.45
2nd. Jordan Scott: +1.66
3rd. Mckenna Merten: +30.57
4th. Ashley Luis: +49.8
5th. Jessie Jones: +1:1.63




Full results are available here.





67 Comments

  • 29 1
 He was held up but the first two sure gave him Aaron for his money.... yes a pointless and terrible pun but it’s a shitty old Monday and I don’t care
  • 6 0
 2:14 to 2:21, 7 seconds total at 80%? would of been tight for the top spot fer shure
  • 1 0
 Barely held up. Cole and Nik were just faster on that day. Who's the poor devil that had to start their run in front of Aaron? Talk about 1 eye glued to the rear-view....
  • 25 0
 Definitely not a track you want to have a high speed crash on.
  • 24 0
 @Whatajohnny: Not a track you can even have a low speed crash on.
  • 3 0
 Exactly what I was thinking, the top section seemed pretty exposed and withouth many people around...
  • 2 0
 AG was flying on the smooth sections. That hill is unforgiving and nasty.
  • 28 9
 If any of you watch Gwins race run video, you can see that he loses several seconds waiting to pass the racer before him. Cole Suetos is still a ripper for 18, but Gwin would have hands down won if the course was clear.
  • 7 10
 www.instagram.com/p/B8pPOQmg_Sp

Looks like there could have been 5+ seconds in that delay
  • 16 15
 You really think he lost time there??
  • 23 1
 @powpowpow: Gwin was pretty chill in passing him - he waited for the guy to notice and make room.
  • 3 0
 @Mojo348: fair play
  • 12 9
 @Mntneer: Five seconds? No doubt he lost time there, but five whole seconds? Maybe two. At most.
  • 11 0
 @Mojo348: I'm not sure of it was out of class or self preservation. No need to aggressively overtake a guy at local, and this is the last track where I would want to take a risk or put someone at risk
  • 15 4
 Another good reason for bike bells, no matter what you ride. Wink
  • 11 5
 @Mntneer: No way in hell that he lost 5+ seconds. Aaron really seemed to be on a cruise control run here -- this was not a World Cup so it wouldn't make sense for him to go all out and risk it.
  • 1 0
 Didn't this exact same thing happen last year?
  • 29 1
 @Unrealityshow: it's not about how long it took to pass, it's about lost momentum. that is seldom regainable. it likely continued to cost him time the rest of the way down the track
  • 3 4
 He should have asked for a rerun.
  • 14 0
 @conoat: bingo. Seems like this concept is completely lost on people who don't like to go fast
  • 2 1
 @Mntneer: @conoat : Agree with you both, but overall there's just no true way to know how much time he lost. I watched the video and would GUESS that it was a couple seconds. I think it's possible he could have won if that didn't happen, but I don't think he would have won by much (had 2.5s to make up on the winner). One man's opinion.
  • 10 1
 As a 17yo on a 275, Cole was within a couple seconds of Gwin last year, as well. He rips & Bootleg is one of his favorite tracks. I'm sure Gwin was held up and had some left in the tank but he likes riding with Cole because he's such a positive kid, who loves riding his bike.

Really happy for him. Cole is the coolest kid ever. That same smile is on his face whether he's on top of the box, 5th or just ripping around Summit with his dad/friends. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
  • 15 1
 The whole weekend was screwed up. Timing got messed up Saturday and those of us who races the Enduro are still waiting on results. Wouldn't be surprised if it was still messed up Sunday. Sorry downhill Mike, but the way this bootleg event is ran just keeps getting worse Evey year.
  • 5 0
 WORD. Messing up the timing on a huge event is crazy bad.
  • 13 0
 Wonder what he'll spend his $125 on?
  • 35 0
 Hair products?
  • 1 0
 @trainboy17: hahaha! True.
  • 2 1
 @trainboy17: Can take the ginger out of merica but you cant....
  • 2 0
 hopefully an airhorn for his bike to alert slower riders
  • 7 1
 man it would be cool to see a WC race in the desert like that. that looked SO gnarly and so different from the riding at basically every WC track. cant believe some of those lines he took at the speed he did.
  • 11 2
 Gwhy Gwas Gwin 3rd?
  • 9 0
 G3rd?
  • 7 1
 @colincolin: idk I gave it my best effort
  • 5 2
 Looked like a chill run. Person he passed definitely held him up a bit but he looked to just Sunday stroll the race. Fast and in control is always good, especially weeks before the season. I'd be gutted for Gwinner if he got injured. #MURICA
  • 4 0
 Right. Bootleg is a nasty place to wreck and Gwin has absolutely nothing to prove there. Part of being a pro is preservation of your body for the stuff you get paid to do. Yea sure, it's great to show up to local events and test the new bike, but this is really just a promo event for Intense/Gwin.
  • 4 0
 That was a gnarly looking course. Would not want to come of the bike in that terrain. Good job for all who made the podium.
  • 2 0
 My question is how people could stack up during a pro race run. Understanding crashing/mechanical and all that; I would have just waited for the few guys left to go down and then finished after them. No point in risking ruining someone else's chances because of my mistake.
  • 3 0
 At the speed he was going having someone appear in front of you has got to have cost him a few seconds especially on that track
  • 4 0
 That was so rocky, I checked on my bike in the garage and it had a flat tire.
  • 1 0
 Dude this stuff is truly crazy. Growing up in the area... I am used to big sharp rocks. For these guys to come from around the world to race here is just crazy. It is a whole new terrain than what they are used too. If you crash... well you will definitely need stitches.
  • 3 3
 After watching the video. Cole must have ridden a great ride. Gwin didn't slow for the passed rider. Not 2 seconds for sure. Great ride Cole hope we get to see more from you. Gwin is always the PRO. Fun to watch, half of those rocks looked like they'd rip the pedal and crank arm off.
  • 1 0
 Gwin needs to be already doing muddy runs in the alps, u.k. to be at the top of his game. We know he is good enough to be at the top and does not like to be on a year long trip but wc level is too high these days.
  • 8 5
 All the fan boys will be gwincing looking at the results.
  • 6 5
 Not really once you know why he finished 3rd...
  • 4 1
 @beanandcheeseburrito: I have seen his run on Instagram, I assume you mean that he caught someone mid run who got out of the way pretty much immediately?
Thats racing for you.
Track looked so good and something like that should be part of the WC circuit.
There was no bike park on that track.
  • 1 0
 @beanandcheeseburrito: tell us why he finished third.
  • 5 0
 @Pixels: I'll help: Gwin went 3rd fastest on the hilll.
  • 3 0
 I wish my bike was that quiet when bashing thru the chunk!
  • 3 0
 I don’t think gwin is trying to prove too much at bootleg
  • 2 0
 Well thats one use for the planet of the apes film set.
  • 2 1
 Beat Gwinn because there was a dude in his way. No dude there I’m pretty sure the outcome would’ve been different.
  • 2 0
 Was Gwin holding back?
  • 1 0
 maybe he was chilling
  • 2 1
 Cool looking trail, does it favor an Enduro bike over DH?
  • 2 0
 Definitely want a full rig for the top section. An enduro is better for the lower section when you get out of the jank.
  • 2 0
 The trails off the top dropping down the front side definitely favor a DH bike over an enduro bike. You can do them on an enduro bike, but a DH bike is better. However, there are some fun trail-bike trails that loop off the backside where the shuttle drops you off. One of them is an IMBA top 100 trail or something like that.
  • 2 2
 Looks like the mook on the course cost Aaron the few seconds he lost by.
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