Laurence Crossman-Emms hits us with a bumper gallery from yesterday's qualifying in Hafjell.
The Athertons dominated taking the two tops spots with fellow Brit junior clocking some solid results too. The pair are being chased down though with Mick Hannah and Emmeline Ragot less than a second behind.
Racing kicks off tomorrow and we can expect it to get wild, Hannah will be looking to claw back that tenth and take the top spot. Ragot will be doing the same but there we know that Rachel will step things up for race day.
Finishing off qualifying with all the riders down and the results in. Some making it through by the skin of their teeth, but a lot not making the top 80 and heading home early this weekend. Roll on Sunday's racing, its going to be action packed and exciting with everything to play for and everything to loose!
Even pro riders wash their own bikes…well some of the have to. Josh Lewis from 'Team All the Lads' spraying off the Norwegian dust for the last time. Unfortunately not making it through this time, 103rd place!
Snapping at Gee's heels Mick Hannah was up at both splits by half a second but losing time in the last section he slots in behind Gee by just 0.11s.
Kicking up the dust and bringing home for team Lapierre. Loic Bruni finished an impressive 3rd yesterday only 1.8s back.
World Champion Greg Minnaar practicing a little in the background this week. Can only imagine he has been flat out busy since his win at PMB, racing must be a break. Still flat out on track, he puts a 4th place quali run, 2.5s back.
Team Lapierre on it this week here in Hafjell. Great results all around in quali today, apart from Loris Vergier's concussion in practice. Blenkinsop on his way to 8th place bagging himself some points.
Catching up with the whip king that is Brendan Fairclough, he told us how even though he is enjoying the track, he is still plagued with flats, mechanicals and misfortunes. Not a great run today, 30th in quali. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/24_audio1.mp3"]
Tucked and rolling on the knife edge, Giant rider Marcelo Gutierrez pushing right through to till the end and into 18th.
What's this…a Marshall and Medic siesta? Just taking a little break mid racing…all chill…right?
Several weeks of heated weather and plenty of riders tearing up the track has left a bit of dust in the air!
Mark Beaumont pulling out to the side in practice to eye up the big gas to flat sender in the middle of the track. It is quite a risky feature with not a great ton to gain. Send it, land smooth and gain speed. There is a risk of a flat or bad landing so some riders are just pumping through.
Steve Peat has been looking good all weekend on his…cough…Tallboy LTc…cough. I know it does look like he is running Fox 40s on this, but nah, definitely…100% a trail bike…no lies! 21st in Qualifying today, through to the finals.
Remi Thirion pinned and stylish as always. Always looking comfortable in practice, but only managing 15th in quali, 7seconds off the pace.
Even if you do take the risk and pull up off that lip, its not going to a soft landing. Joe Smith making the landing but still blowing through all the travel he has to offer.
But it all came down to this man and his sister. Taking the double first in qualifying. Gee and Rachel both up, but not by much, each of them being chased down by less than a second. Tight racing here, but expect them to turn the taps on for Sunday…thats if the rain holds! Bad weather ETA Saturday 8am! [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/16_audio.mp3"]
Ragot through the rocks, composed and quick. She closes down the gap on Rachel and really puts the pressure on. 2nd place in qualy, less than a second behind. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/15_audio.mp3"]
Myriam Nicole looking strong through the rocks on her qualy run which was made evident when she came across the line and help onto 3rd place, but she is a whole 8 seconds back!
This Scottish fellow has whips all day long, but also shows he can turn it on when he wants too! Top seeding result for Innes Graham this year. He will be hoping to take this through to finals on Sunday and take his first WC win! No pressure. [audio url="http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/13_audio.mp3"]
Dropping in, Mike Jones pedaling flat out down the start ramp and into the first booter. Good result for British Juniors today, 1st, 2nd and 4th. Mike managing the 2nd place, a second behind Innes Graham!
Another top 5 Junior rider hunting down the podium, Luca Shaw managed 7th in seeding today.
Two sessions of practice this morning to warm the legs up, Juniors and ladies getting out early followed by the quick gents! Swedish rider, Mike Andersson spending some air time in the morning sun light!
Second in the Junior World Cup standing, Dean Lucas has been on it all weekend. After his win in Val di Sole, he will be looking to stand high on that podium. Not the best seeding run for him today, 9th and almost 8seconds off the pace.
The Tissot timing man with the stare that can kill! He is your best friend but worst enemy, he is the time keeper!
Warming up at the top of the track, tucked away in the trees, made especially easy with this stunning weather and amazing views. Back on form here in Hafjell, Phil Atwill tucks away a 4th place in seeding.
Dropping in for some racing action. Starting off with the Junior seeding followed by Ladies and Gents qualifying runs.
Great to see juvi British rider Laurie Greenland out on track this week helping out with the course sweeps. Riding like every run is his ever last race run, he bolts out the gate like a dog on heat. Keep riding like that and he will up there in no time!
Kovarik Racing are back on the WC Scene! Claire and Chris found the time out of their busy coaching and ripping lives to come race here in Hafjell. First one for the year, looking comfortable back in the game Claire catches the stunning morning light.
Pinned out the gate and whipping the jumps. Nothing like a good morning wake up call! 'God Morgen'
Spending lift journeys with riders is a good chance to catch up and chat about their week, their season and just general banter. Riding the lift this morning with Irish rider Stephen McCormack and Brit pinner Scotty Mears. Insightful chat with Scott told me how he has had a good season, but found the lack of team support difficult, just down to bike maintenance and travel. Scott mentioned how he is keen to look for a team deal for next year to help out on these sort of things and spend more time focusing on his racing!
Friday morning, sun is once again unexpectedly shining down on us and Friday brings us qualifying. Make or break for riders to prove their worth and make it to the finals on Sunday. Although not the main prize, there is still a bunch of points to be handed out, and with this year being such a tight points race, expect fast on the edge racing today!
This Scottish fellow has whips all day long, but also shows he can turn it on when he wants too! Top seeding result for him this year, taking the top spot. He will hoping to lead this through to finals on Sunday and take home his first WC win! No pressure.
But even if you do take the risk and pull up off that lip, its not going to a soft landing. Joe Smith making the landing but still blowing through all the travel he has to offer.