From here it´s just another five minutes up the valley to get to Commezzadura and the World Cup village.
Sam Hill missed the last two World Cups here after being injured in 2010 and 2011. Quite a lot has changed since Worlds 2008 but the tracks technical and rough character is still the same. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Audi_Sam_Hill.mp3"]
Val di Sole is the kind of track Steve Smith likes a lot so he will be definitely someone to watch as soon as training starts. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Audio_Steve_Smith.mp3"]
With the fastest time last year, Aaron Gwin will be the man to beat this weekend.
Lots of work for the service teams. With last weekend´s iXS Cup in Leogang basically around the corner, a lot of riders used the possibility to get their suspension checked and refreshed in between races before the busiest racing month of the season.
After his win in Pietermaritzburg Greg Minnaar had to wait quite a long time to finally run his earned number one plate. Jason Marsh getting Greg´s bike ready for the first practice session.
The course was so crowded during track walk today that it got pretty difficult to check for lines on some of the redesigned sections.
There are not many places on this track where you can catch a breath from all the rocks and roots. At marshall point 13 you first have to get through "Hell" before you shoot out of the last woods into the final open section.
The calm before the storm. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Audio_VDS_2012_MG_5864.mp3"]
Last year Troy Brosnan scored his first ever World Cup podium here in Val di Sole and was one of the main favorites for a win this weekend. Unfortunately he got injured in Leogang last week and won´t be able to race here. (shot from 2011) [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Audio_Troy_Brosnan_VDS.mp3"]