The final race of the series and the overall was down to nothing more than a coin toss. With barely any points in the overall both Gee Atherton and Steve Smith would have to put down solid runs in both qualifying and finals, bar injury, to take out the series overall. Whilst Atherton had a solid season opener with wins in the first two round, Smith showed equal consistency in the later stages of the season with wins in Mont St Anne and Hafjell and was clearly everyone’s pick for the win.
As practice got underway, the feedback was much the same as in previous years, bike park-ie with a few new added features. Unfortunately this was enough to see some of the big wigs go down with Danny Hart having a particularly bad over the bars ending in one broke and one cracked wrist.
Sunday dawned and the juniors were up first. Despite carrying the overall leaders jersey in the opening couple of rounds, Dean Lucas’s last few rounds have not been as kind with results, meaning it was a podium or nothing for the young star if he wanted to push up through the rankings. Finishing up in 12th it was not to be on the day but Lucas still managed to bring home 4th in the overall. With another year up his sleeve, this kid is destined to go even higher. …View More