But we end the day with some interesting results which will see for some exciting racing! The sun is shining down on us and with the forecast looking much better than that of previous days it should turn into one hell of a day of race.
Scores on the doors sees plenty of top boys not qualify on this one, mostly down to punctures.
But taking it all today in qualis, Josh Bryceland picks up the top spot and bags a bunch of points to go along with it also. Josh has shown himself off once again, putting him in a great position going into finals. He talks about his day of racing. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/32_audio1.mp3"]"
First man down Troy Brosnan didn't have the best of luck coming into his run as literally as he rolls to the beam, the skies open and dump down well and truly in the top section. A course hold of 15mins didn't make much different either as he rolled on this freshly soaked track. But even with the odds against him he takes 2nd place. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/31_audio.mp3"]"
Andrew Neethling out performing himself today and he take his best result so far this season in qualis. 3rd for Needles.
The new stallion has shown that it is up to pace of the World Cups, or maybe its just the pilots are on fire of late! With the mixed conditions during racing, it really was down to impressive bike handling skills. Aaron Gwin presses home for a 4th.
Matching his best World Cup quali result today, Matt Simmonds sees himself sitting tightly in 5th place. Settling in to the track, he knows that the style favours him and he will be looking for a good result tomorrow. He chats about his day. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/28_audio1.mp3"]"
After a success of practice, Marc Beaumont was eager to lay down a time for his run. Not quite getting into the rhythm of things he makes small mistakes that cost time. He talks about his 19th place run. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/27_audio_01.mp3"]"
Sam Hill proving his worth today in qualis but missing out on the top spot he comes in with a 6th today. With 4 seconds of room between him and first, he will have his work cut out tomorrow.
Everyone is always secretly rooting for Loic Bruni to bring it home. A rider constantly pushing his boundaries every time he races, but too often than not he goes too far it doesn't end well. Coming to the bottom rock garden he has a moment that puts him right over the bars and face first onto the rocks. A quick brush off and he was on it again but it hurt his time. Back in at 18th for Bruni.
Clearly enjoying the track here in MSA, Mike Jones lands himself a high qualifying run. 12th with what he called a 'smooth' run was damn impressive for the first year Elite rider! A repeat of this tomorrow in finals will do him well! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/24_audio_01.mp3"]"
It sure did turn into a muddy bog up on track. Adam Brayton fills us in on his progress down the hill. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/23_audio.mp3"]"
Racing in some actual kit today after his bags went missing on his flight here, Steve Peat was eager to put down some times. One rider that can almost claim he has ridden every race here and even won one here back in 2004, he wants to show that he still has it. Unfortunately taking a right tumble in the top section saw his time down and he crosses the line in 66th.
Best get your calculator out for this race because you couldn't even count the amount if flat tyres on two hands! A huge part of field suffered from flat tyres. Which I still find so bizarre, we spend all this money developing new bikes but yet we still cant keep air in our tyres.
Matching up his number board in qualys today, Danny Hart scores in behind team mate Needles with a 7th place. Making do with dry tyres on the soaked out track he will be seeing tomorrow as a new day and another chance to take gold. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/20_audio1.mp3"]"
After a big crash in practice yesterday which was Gee take a trip to the hospital, he put on a brave face and tackled this mountain. Tendon damage to his wrist is never recommended but with the points race being as tight as they are, he is going to need to stick around and squeeze as much out as he can. Only a 11th for him today, he chats about his day. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/19_audio_01.mp3"]"
All aboard as we go steaming into Elite men qualifying runs and you best get your mud guards out as its going to be a messy one. Harry Heath here pinned in the bottom section on his prototype Orange on his way to a 17th place run.
Taking the win in qualis for the women, Manon Carpenter steps up the plate once again. She goes up by a considerable margin of 4 seconds giving her some breathing space for tomorrow finals. But with the likes of Ragot and Rachel eager to snatch the leaders jersey from her, it will be some tight racing for sure! "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/17_audio_01.mp3"]"
Bruni and Sam are still yet to run Lapierre's new steed at a World Cup, but they are still looking right at home on the old one. Top of the hill bound for their quali runs, with the daunting skies above, threatening to rain.
Emmeline Ragot snapping down on Manon's heels in the top section, but Manon managed to break away leaving Ragot to cross the line 4 seconds off of Manon's pace. After winning here last year she should be confident that she has what it takes.
Over the several weeks off of the World Cup circuit Rachel has proven that she still has what it takes to win races by taking the National Champs jersey for another year. Her quali run didn't go so according to plan. The fastest top section beat her up and she lost time in the final sectors coming over the line in 3rd. Clearly disappointed she chats about her day. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/15_audio_01.mp3"]"
A bit of a mare for Tahnee Seagrave today during her qualifying run. A flat tyre in the starting hut before here run left her and her mechanic in a frantic panic to change it out and get her rolling for her run. Barely managing to break the beam, she secures her self in the finals but by the skin of her teeth! She chatted about the experience. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/15-2_audio_01.mp3"]"
Women out on track after the young guns and with a couple of quick Canadian locals in the mix, quali could throw out some interesting results.
Young Luca Shaw takes the first in qualis for the Juniors. Luca has a knack of taking the top spot in qualis but lacks the gas when its comes to finals. He will be coming into his race run eager to close the gap on current leader Loris Vergier.
Quite a one line track really with the only options coming into play in the lower wooded rocky section. Expect fast and tight times, but with the weather not knowing what to do it could open the doors to some tactical play.
Fastest British Junior of the day, Neil Stewart shows us all once again that he has skills to challenge the podium. 5th for him in qualis, but with plenty in the tank he will be pushing it in his run. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/11_audio.mp3"]"
Growing up watching downhill is one thing, growing up to then one day race the tracks you dream of is another. It's Laurie Greenland's first time at MSA and he is loving it. Taking it smooth in qualis he comes down into 8th and talks to us about his run. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/10_audio.mp3"]"
It wasn't long until we were racing. Kicking things off with the Junior men as always. With inconsistent weather all day long, one minute being clear and dry and the next threatening to storm, teams were having to make risky decisions on tyre choices and bike set ups.
It's also maybe not advised to take big crashes in race day practice. Drew Carters went down hard after a big high side on the shark fin step down. Hitting his head hard, he took 5 mins out to chill out before surprisingly getting back on his bike. Despite this big crash he still raced and managed to pick up a 25th in his quali run.
Getting in all the practice you can get. Maybe not advised to be pushing up for sections on race days, but if you need the extra time, you have earn those turns.
But you can't have that much rain without the odd puddle or two, or three! A couple of big soggy sections on track formed big ruts in the places you really didn't need them.
A fog filled session of morning practice for everyone. At first glance the track doesn't really look like the rain has made too much difference. Sure it was wet, but the steepness of the hillside and the nature of the dirt here has handled the rain well.
Spotting the track from the lift above and the water damage from the night before is clear. The ruts have been churned deeper, puddles fill the corners and dust turned into claggy mud. But with the sun forcing its way through the low cloud, it wasn't long until the track started to show signs of life.
Although mostly bright looking from the pits, the middle of the track was engulfed in a thick cloud for most of the morning making visibility low at the best of times, but with the wind picking up, the cloud came and went throughout the day.
Its great to see such a high number of British riders making their way out for the two North American rounds. Emyr Davies, one part of the #townandcountry crew making his way out of the Welsh hillside to come tackle this beast of a mountain. He chats about what its like to be here. "[audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2_audio_01.mp3"]"
Good morning race fans. The sun is shining, the rain and stopped and the ground is drying up as we speak! Qualifying day today here in Mont Sainte Anne and boy is it going to get fun out there. A huge spell of bad weather last night made everyone fit the spikes ready for some muddy action! Lets jump right in and get all of the action from the day.
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Qualifying was a mixed up affair yesterday at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup. A lot of riders suffered punctures on the rough, high speed track and that knocked a few racers out of the running. Tahnee Seagrave had a nightmare with a puncture before she rolled onto the course and we catch up with her about that experience. After spending a few hours in hospital Gee Atherton took himself up for qualifying with his injured wrist and still managed a decent result. The day was Josh's though and he took the points from qualifying to close the gap on series leader Troy Brosnan. Danny Hart and team mate Andrew Neethling took 7th and 3rd respectively whilst two other team mates in the form of Aaron Gwin and Troy Brosnan took the spots either side of Needles. UK pinner and now a member of the 2014 Worlds Squad Matt Simmonds took 5th place and will be gunning to better that result today in racing.
In the Women's race Manon Carpenter made it a UK double in qualifying, she was on a flyer and came across the line comfortably four seconds ahead of second placed Emmeline Ragot. Rachel Atherton was just behind Ragot 5.968 back but after Rach the gaps grew. Tracey Hannah finished in 4th but she was well off the top ladies pace 29.986 back on Manon. Micayla Gatto took her best qualifying result of the season in 5th.
Things were tighter in the Juniors with Luca Shaw taking the win with Pierron Amaury took another good result in second. A new name up on the list was Ferran Jorba Prats in 3rd with another rider coming into the mix of Juniors Alex Marin Trillo in 4th. The only UK rider to make the top five was the on form Neil Stewart, another rider to make the Worlds selection he will be hunting a podium out at the Mont Sainte Anne World Cup.
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