The Val di Sole World Cup track has a well-deserved reputation for being a ruthless, rough, and unrelenting course that punishes mistakes like no other, with the possible exception of Fort William. That's the case for mere mortals like us, but the line between distinction and disaster is impossibly narrow when you're traveling at the speed of a top World Cup racer, something that they're all too familiar with.
Santa Cruz's Greg Minnaar had an eventful practice in Italy, with reports from the side of the track saying that a massive crash sent his V10 flying through the air - without him on it - and into a post. The result, which can be seen the video above (uploaded to YouTube by Claudio Paselli), was a broken front triangle and Minnaar doing his best to get away from the cameras post haste. The Syndicate rider is known as the GOAT for a reason, though, with his mechanic, Jason Marsh, building up brand new race bike from scratch in just 45 minutes that Greg went on to qualify in second spot aboard... on his first run on the fresh bike. That's how you turn a bad morning around, folks.