What took Danny 5 years to accomplish for his first time he now managed to accomplish two times in a row- second world cup victory for Danny Hart.
With some awesome results in our bags we came to Monte Saint Anne, which always was a good venue for us as a team and also for the riders. The team won it’s first world cup here in 2006 with Chris Kovarik and with Steve Smith we had a vice world champion in 2010. Danny can look back on some podiums here in MSA and Laurie won his second junior worldcup.
After we have been able to prove that we are able to win a world cup with our setup it was a big relief for us and we came to Mont Saint Anne as motivated as someone could be. It’s hard to put in words how much we were looking forward to come to MSA and race again as we knew that if everything comes together we might can win again.
With Danny and Laurie we already showed that we are good enough for fighting for the team overall ranking and with having Markus as a joker we were more than confident.
MSA offered the same perfect conditions as always for a great race. The track is known for its speed and this year it was even faster. 75km/h top speed in combination with a rough track separates the wheat from the chaff and mechanicals were on the agenda.
We started with some technical issues at the beginning, but the mechanics and riders found the perfect setups for the races to prevent mechanicals in their race runs.
With a 2nd place Danny showed straight in the qualification that he would be again one of the aspirants for the win. Markus qualified in 13th position and Laurie struggled with a mechanical, but still ended up in 80th position.
First to come down in the finals was Markus. He managed to transfer his performance from the qualification to his race run, crossed the finish line in 2nd and finished in 14th place in the end.
Laurie again had some bad luck with a mechanical and was not able to keep his bike on the track in the top sections. He tried hard to catch up some time, but the mechanical hold him back. He ended up in a very unhappy 46th place.
Danny was the second last man of the race to come down. He changed his lines a bit from his qualification run and was able to set a time below 4 minutes. Now the pressure was on Aaron Gwin, who wasn’t able to catch up with Danny this time.
With Danny being in first and Aaron being 2nd in the 6th round of the 2016 world cup, the overall world cup is still not decided and open till the last round in Andorra.
On top of the victory and the 14th place of Markus we got again second in the today’s team ranking and we have been able to defend our 2nd position in the team overall ranking.
For sure we came to Monte Saint Anne to succeed, but how it worked out is something you can’t expect. We are very thankful for these moments and want to thank all our supporters and sponsors.
Stay tuned for the last two races of the 2016 race season: world cup finals in Andorra and the world championships in Val di Sole.