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O’NEAL is proud to announce that the french MTB 4x and DH rider Quentin Derbier wins the 4X Pro Tour 2015. Be sure to read Quentin’s review of the the final race.
It’s been quite a hard decision to made the move to this last race of the season: the previous one was not easy, crashing hard during practice of the world champs let me with an ankle ligament’s distorsion, as its wrench a little piece of bone with. Anyway, I felt good enough to try it, I knew that the tactical will be simple: put the maximum points in the bag, with the hopes that english rider (and overall leader) Scott Beaumont won’t … 70 points to catch, let’s try it ! The track looked fast and long, pretty wild too (big rocky turns, bushes…), I started practice very progressively in order to manage my ankle. I felt up to speed after the 1st day.
I did almost the perfect lap in qualies, despite the serious awful conditions (heaviest rain of the year) : clocked a 1 min., wich let me 1st by a full second ! Beaumont came 6th, 5points less to closed, that’s something. We had finals runs just after qualies, and pouring rain. It’s gonna be war! I managed to qualified for the first 2 rounds, pain was a bit here but ok, it was hard for everybody… I went through my quarter and qualified for semi final n°1.
I was also looking for what Scott was doing, as he was my challenger for the overall, and then. He went out in quarter! At this point, a quick stone confirmed me that I just needed to go to the main final to win the overall, pressure was on! We were on the gate, voice box on, and BAM ! gate dropped a lot earlier than expected, probably due to hours of rain on the compressor ! I found myself in 3rd position just after the start, and put all the power I had to came 2nd after the first straight. I was screaming “gogogo!” to the guy in front of me, riding on his tales, and finally crossing the line in the 2nd spot: I was qualified for the main! I won the overall!
Main event was anecdotical, as I was not enough “on it”. I missed my start so kept my physical integrity for the rest of the track.
I won the 4X ProTour 2015 by 13 mere points, on more than 900!