We've buried ourselves in a mountain of spreadsheets and decimal places to emerge with all the graphical goodness on the best race of the year so far. The track packs down into roughly 5 equal sections between 30 and 45 seconds each. There was a different fastest rider in each split, probably showing just how tight the racing this year and how much the track actually challenged all the riders.
In qualifying, the top five were all within about 1.3 seconds but racing spread the deck far thinner with Vergier ending up 2.1 back and still on the podium. Also in qualifying it very much seemed like the bottom of the track would be where the race would be decided as Luca hauled back heaps of time on the rest of the field there. When it came to Pierron's race run though, he was just consistent everywhere and no one sector made or broke this race. Time to take a look at all the stats - let's get graphical:
Leogang Geek stats
Split 1 stretches from the start gate, through the off-camber down to the double tunnels. It's the only section on the course where Pierron is fastest as he pulls 0.15 on the rest of the field. It's a great section for Mike Jones too, he's been rapid all year but this race he finally got the chance to prove it.
Greenland, Brosnan and Vergier are all a fair way down but still within half a second, so no great dramas. Dakotah Norton had a bit of a disaster too so hauling himself back up to sixth was impressive but, more than that, Mark Wallace ends this section in 38th but pulls back to tenth by the finish - great work.
Split two is the steep, rooty section down to the start of the motorway and Aaron Gwin destroys it. There's clear daylight between him and the rest of the field here, I don't know if he had a secret line or his hand was just too injured to brake but he smoked 'em. The rest of the podium riders form a tight clump around half a second back. This is Bruni's best sector in a tough race weekend, while Shaw is still in touch.
Split 2 state of play
Gwin is way out in front at this point with Pierron his closest challenger at 0.3 seconds back. Greenland, Shaw and Brosnan are all still in touch at less than a second.
Check out Jones (7th) to MacDonald (10th) though, four riders within 0.02 of a second.
The motorway down to the wallrides was all about pumping, squashing and keeping speed. Luca was the fastest man down here and he looked it on the live feed too. It's often derided as a pointless race section but it's got one of the biggest time spreads here so clearly it's not as one-pace as everyone thinks.
Dakotah Norton was floundering prior to this section but pulls it together here and starts to kick on up the rankings, Pierron is also still in touch. Mick Hannah leads out the rest of the pack who are pretty evenly spread.
Split 3 state of play
Look at how close it is at the top! Gwin, Pierron and Shaw all separated by less than 0.06 after two minutes of racing, ridiculous! Shaw was gathering momentum but disaster would soon strike...
Greenland takes his turn to go fastest on a split that spans the end of the motorway through the blown-out, dusty, rooty bottom section. Pierron is just behind him though and, if Red Bull's live feed is to be believed, was fastest through the Roots of Asitz section. There's another great section from Jones who leads out Gwin, Brosnan and Iles.
Biggest loser is Luca who crashes just before the split marker and loses 8 seconds.
Split 4 state of play
With Shaw's crash, the top six are already locked in for the run down to the finish. Mark Wallace is still climbing the ranks though with some shaking down still to be done.
The shortest section on track is snaffled by Mark Wallace. A lot was made of the lines riders were taking into the last left hander but it doesn't seem to have made a huge difference with less than a second separating the top 20. Pierron is right on Wallace's tail and secures the victory.
Pierron wins by 0.5 - a much bigger margin of victory than he enjoyed in Fort William (0.27). Brook MacDonald slips back a couple of places at the final hurdle and Mark Wallace's big final sector sees him into the top ten.
One month until Val di Sole. Who are you backing under the Trentino sun?