Carnage was the word of the day. All it took was one miscalculated landing or the simple slip of a tire and suddenly there'd be broken bodies, bikes, and bits strewn everywhere. The jungle's a gnarly place, and even if the weather isn't playing havoc, it will find a way to let you know who's boss.
Three consecutive crashes on the same part of the track put an end to Group B practice, and closed the course for almost three hours. With no helicopter available to winch the broken riders out, the only option was the long and precarious walk to the nearest access road. Riders that were above the disaster zone got to join the Wait Awhile vines in the forest as the injured were evacuated.
Once the track was clear again, Group A practice dived straight into a tropical downpour, causing pile-ups in the rock garden and chaos on the rest of the greasy slopes. Aaron Gwin, Danny Hart, and Loic Bruni were perhaps the trio of standout performers amongst the action. Everybody was praying that the weather would hold up, but it looks like Mother Nature might want to stamp her dominance in the battlegrounds of Cairns once again.