Isn't it strange that all it took was moving the tape about 50 feet?
A sharp right after the start gate hop has totally transformed Leogang - all those years of complaining and racing drudgery were fixed by simply throwing the riders straight down the hill. The race is now providing an old-school challenge that the A practice lot are struggling with and most of the B practice squad are totally clueless about.
Loic was the fastest yesterday but special mention should go to Mike Jones who's finally been able to show the pace he's been nurturing all season in second place. Finn's third is no fluke either, he was looking so, so good out there yesterday. In the women's, Rachel has clearly thrown a whole salt shaker over her shoulder as she was back in sumptuous form, ten seconds clear after day 1. Let's get into the action.
Leogang practice gallery
Fastest up top and most stylish down the bottom. It was one of those days I'd give my left bollock to be Finn Iles.
Loic swooped in the last couple of minutes of the timed training session to take the top spot. He decimated everyone else on the bottom sections.
Dak was brought up racing moto and is simply loving it here. Most of the A practice boys were sticking tight to the poles on this first corner camber. B practice, not so much...
Kaos is as Kaos does
A sizable crash in the morning saw Tahnee whisked off to hospital for a couple of stitches. She'll be back up on the mountain today though
A point to prove? Bad mojo to lift? Either way, Rach's chain stayed intact and her rubber to the gravel and she ended up 10 seconds clear. No surprises there
Second for Trace yesterday behind a flying Rachel Atherton.
A fairly quiet day for Fearon, 16th in timed training but the pace is there, make no mistake.
Brosnan, as always, right up there. Fourth in timed training.
Blenki getting buck wild up top
This stump gap seemed to be the line of choice for most of the fast boys. Many, like Loris, were making it look easy by the end of the day
It may not look elegant but tripodding was often the way to go on some of this outrageous camber.
Another week, another new kit for Danny.
Brook was in truly thunderous form yesterday. Watch out for big things from him today.
Riding that Fort William confidence wave, Pierron was looking stupidly fast all day.
Kade picked up his joint best result with a third in Leogang last year. It's clearly a track that suits him, will it be the place he can overcome the new challengers of Daprela and A'Hern.