Victor Lucas brings us all the action from one of the most exciting races ever!
World Champs raceday is over, after a long week its time to pack up and ship out. This has got to be one of the most difficult races in every way imaginable - both for the racers, spectators and anyone trying to show the action to the rest of the world - it's possibly the steepest and gnarliest course in history, horrible weather, army security guards determined to enforce their own version of the rules and an impossibly small venue that just couldn't handle the volume of people at a World Champs.
It was a tough week for everybody, but I'm glad I was there, if only to see Danny Hart's incredible race run...
It was a day of huge winning margins and Manon Carpenter started the trend with a 14 second lead ahead of French racer Agnes Delest. A great finish to Manon's year of dominating the Junior Women's series.
Troy Brosnan basically walked away with the Junior men's title for his second year. None of the others really stood a chance as he powered into the finish line with more than 12 seconds to spare.
To be honest, on a track with so many treacherous sections, not many people expected Emmeline Ragot to be able to reign in her wild riding style, but she smashed out an amazing and consistent race over 15 seconds ahead of Rachel.
Hopes were high for Rachel Atherton on a course that needed guts and a willingness to let the bike run. But she slipped out in the mud and couldn’t match the speed of Ragot.
This was Fabien Barel's last DH World Champs, and also the last race for the Mondraker Factory team as we currently know it. So it was great to see them finish on a high with Damien Spagnolo taking a solid second place. Team manager/mechanic Paul Walton has a few words...[audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Paul-Walton.mp3|titles=Paul Walton]
Sam Blenkinsop was definitely in with a chance to do well here on this wild and risky course, and he must be pretty please with a 3rd place spot after a year of inconsistent races. Lets hope we'll see Blinky getting back to the full speed we know he's got.
Danny Hart. I don't think I can write a caption that describes the outright insane speed of Danny Harts race run that put him on top spot by 11 seconds. So pick some of these words and arrange in the most amazing way. AWESOME WILD WICKED RIPPING RAILING ROOSTING LAUNCHING HUCKING CARVING SLAMMING SMASHING DRIFTING and of course WHIPPING! Simply amazing action from Danny today, he truly has turned it up to 11 this year and nobody can believe he has managed to hold it all together. Unmissable. [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Danny-race-day.mp3|titles=Danny race day]
Earlier this week, Gee Atherton said he was hoping for rain, and he certainly got what he wished for. And brother Dan was here to watch with a similarly optimistic view on things. In some ways the conditions levelled the playing field and in other ways it was even less forgiving of the tiniest mistake. Gee had a few crashes and ended up way out of contention. Very frustrating. [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Dan-athy.mp3|titles=Dan athy]
After a year of destroying the competition in the World Cup, and putting 5 sec into everybody in timed runs. Everybody was wondering if it was possible to beat Aaron Gwin. He seemed to have every aspect of his racing sorted to perfection. Perhaps the steepest and muddiest course of the year is furthest from his roots riding dusty SoCal trails, who knows. But a small mistake on an off camber section put him into a tangle with the catch-netting and that was game over for Gwinny's podium chances.