Victor Lucas has gone all French on us for this edition...get your phrase books at the ready!
Bon Jovi mon beau amis. C'est une bon jour avec temp du grand plaisir aujord'hui! Soleil! Pas de pluie!
And that’s about as far as I get...here's some shots that might explain better in any language...
t's all about getting the weight down this week in the Atherton pits, new frames, new wheels and tubeless tyres. Mechanic Stevie Bell jokes - 'the only reason we're cutting these spikes down is to make them lighter!' Gee Atherton puts it all to good use and takes 3rd, but can he make up 3 seconds on Gwin?
This morning I was chatting to Steve Smith's mechanic (Nigel Reeve) and he told me that Steve is usually the happiest rider ever - he just turns up, does a few runs and says something like 'This is great! I'm ready to race right now!'. Well it seems to work out, as Stevie put himself into 2nd place after qualifying today.
Tracy Moseley goes quickest in qualifying and puts another 50 points in the bag. With 3 race wins so far this season, if she can add another the overall lead would be a bit more comfortable.
Aaron Gwin really does seem to be out on his own at the moment, with a solid 2 second lead over the rest on this short track. The pressure is certainly on now - all sorts of records could be set this week if he wins, not to mention the World Cup series that he could wrap up.
Ooh thats gotta hurt… Lorenzo Suding backs it in just a little too much and saddle humps his bike mid corner, that was enough to put him out of a qualifying chance, hard luck Lorenzo.
How about these crowds for Saturday qualifying?! Almost as good as Fort William, and we even have Dan Jarvis on the commentary, so everybody knows what's happening without using google translate…Eliot Jackson started way down in 147th place, but put in a great run to qualify 53rd
2nd place in qualifying for Floriane Pugin, the pressure is on and it's looking like the women's series could run to the wire in Val di Sole.