Fort William World Cup 2016 - Propain Dirt Zelvy team recap
First top 20 of the year for our boys
The pressure was on for the Propain Dirt Zelvy boys with Phil, INnes and james all racing their home World Cup. Thankfully they delivered in spades and the team picked up its first top 20 of the year.
Photos: Tom Hardie
Fort William was a tough weekend - from the emotional rollercoaster that was the Stevie Smith tribute run to the battering the track dealt to bikes and riders alike. Unfortunately Isak was a casualty of the conditions and a deteriorating track caught him out. He went over the bars and aggravated his wrist injury from Lourdes. Hopefully it won't be long before we see the viking back on two wheels.
James Purvis qualified sixth but a crash on the top section put him out of contention by the time the second split time flashed up on screen. He said: "I thought I had plenty of time to make up but nerves got the better of me again and I lost it at the top. I feel so fast in practice but I just need to reel it back in race runs because I just get nervous and come off the track everywhere and I end up crashing." Hopefully he can start to bring in the consistency as we head into the second half of the season.
It was a similar story for Innes, who looked bang on pace all weekend but tightened up in the race run. He ended up 36th but will have hoped for more, especially after strong showings at the past two BDS rounds. He said: "I just couldn't really ride like I know I could at the top. I was having a lot of fun in practice, qualies went real good with a conservative run and then finals came around I couldn't figure it out, blowing out a few turns."
Star of the day was Phil Atwill though who recovered from a 50th place qualifying run to take 16th in finals. He enjoyed a stint in the hot seat, including during Peaty's final Fort William run, and claimed the team's best result of the year so far. He now sits 27th in the overall standings.
He said: "I pulled my finger out of my arse today and said to myself 'stay smooth', which is pretty much how it went. I saw the back wheel once or twice, but that's pretty standard, and then dug real deep at the bottom."
Our boys are already in Austria having a quick sample of Schladming before heading to Leogang tomorrow for track walk and more racing.