It was a crazy World Championship in Leogang. The weather conditions were varied dramatically from Thursday to Sunday with rain and snow to sunshine and very difficult conditions for the riders.
With Nina Hoffmann and Greg Minnaar we had two top riders who had a good chance of winning the title. But things would play out differently.
Our Junior Daniel Slack was able to bring a flawless qualifying run down to the track and qualified 5th. A perfect starting situation for the final.
On Sunday it was unsure if the finals would take place, but the snow stayed away more-or-less and the race was on!
Unfortunately Nina Hoffmann couldn’t manage her final run without mistakes and finished in 7th place:
“Never rode such a demanding track in the wet! I had a lot of problems over the weekend, several crashes and a hurting body everywhere on finals day. I’m not satisfied with my result, but I’m happy to be in one piece. So on to the next one, Maribor here we go!”
Greg Minnaar already showed in practice that he is hot for the title. His run started very strong, but unfortunately he went down hard in the stumps section. Fortunately he didn’t get injured. Finally 27th for Greg.
“Yeah I was disappointed, you don’t race World Champs to finish 27th. All in all it was a hard week. The build-up went to plan and despite the snow on race day overall I rode the top section OK. Going into the stumps, I was only a few cm off but ended up on floor. Got back up and on quickly but it wasn’t to be. The guys on the podium looked pinned all week, not just on race day, so congratulations to them.”
Our team riders Adam Rojcek/ Banshee Racing Brigade (41th) and Roger Vieira/ MooreLarge Team (42th) showed a solid performance in the rain lottery of Leogang.
Already next weekend we will continue with the World Cup in Maribor/ Slovenia. Hopefully the weather will be more consistent!