Photographer Victor Lucas brings us seven Italian gems from the downhill qualifying session in the mountains of Italy.
Another Hot day in the valley of the sun, plenty of action, but first a little history...
Floriane Pugin had another good qualifer today, rough and steep is good...[audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Floriane-vds.mp3|titles=Floriane vds]
Troy Brosnan was 4th in qualies, now that’s pretty amazing. His bike is almost silent coming down this rough course.
Its getting a little tricky to come with new things to say about Aaron Gwin's solid, relaxed and consistent speed. Fastest again in qualifying and looking forward to these last 2 races... [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Aaron-val-di-sole.mp3|titles=Aaron val di sole]
Greg Minnaar didn't have a good run today, some kind of bike problem left him out of shape and way down in 34th place. The pressure is on again for Sunday.
Gee Atherton edged a few points closer to Greg's 2nd place in the overall, but as Gee says, he's more focused on winning races, and its all or nothing really...[audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Gee-val-di-sole.mp3|titles=Gee val di sole]
This course is incredibly rough and not many riders got down without at least a couple of mistakes in their qualifier today. But these guys don't give up until there's definitely no chance of saving it. Damien Spagnolo went down in the dust after a good fight. He even takes a bow for the filmers on the way - what a pro! Still qualified in 28th, definitely not bad with a crash.
The big red SRAM truck has been on the road and at the World Cup races since 1998, its certainly done a lot of miles and seen a lot of action, with many World Cup winners and World Champs getting their bikes fixed under this awning. Not to mention the shenanigans of the Boxxer World Champs. But the old ship is getting a little tired and the SRAM guys have plans for a new uber awesome supertruck that we may see in Champery, so this is the last race for the original SRAM truck and she's going to be sent off with a bit of a BBQ party tonight. There have been many different people behind the wheel and in charge of the wrenches too... First man to take the helm was Tim Flooks and he gives us a run down on the whole long story.... [audio:http://cdn.coresites.factorymedia.com/dirt_new/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/SRAM-truck-history.mp3|titles=SRAM truck history]