Emotional, unpredicatble and exciting, that must be one of the best Fort William races in history. Here’s a look at how it’s affected the bigger picture in each category.
The battle of the two youngsters continued and this time it was Finn Iles who prevailed to claim his second win of the year. Matt Walker burped his tyre off the road gap drop and so failed to score any points handing Iles the number one plate for Leogang. The two are separated by just 20 points meaning it’s still all to play for.
No surprises here as Rachel Atherton simply extends her lead at the top of the standings. Her lead now stands at 190 points and looks fairly insurmountable – especially given her untouchable form at the moment.
The battle for second place is now between an in-form Tracey Hannah and the relentlessly consistent Manon Carpenter. Manon holds the advantage still but Hannah narrowed it to just 35 points. Tahnee Seagrave’s failure to score any points this race puts her back in fifth behind Morgane Charre.
This isn’t the Aaron Gwin dominance we’re used to but the points have him down as the most consistent man of the year at the top of the standings. With Loic Bruni out for the foreseeable future, Troy Brosnan is the only rider capable of launching a credible challenge – he sits 68 points in arrears.
Danny Hart has leapfrogged Bruni up to third but it’s Greg Minnaar who’s the big winner as he shoots from 19th up to fifth.