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19 | 04 | 2018
The wait is over! The 2018 Downhill World Cup begins and the MS Mondraker Team shows up with important news.
MS Mondraker Team- Losinj/ Croatia
Third year for Laurie Greenland at a maximum level in the Elite Category; a firm candidate to the podium in every race with his spectacular and refined style!
The comeback to Mondraker of Brook MacDonald, the “Bulldog”! Summum Carbon is his new ally, the bike with which he managed to win a World Cup race!
Mike Jones arrives to the MS Mondraker with several podiums already and promises to be a revelation this season!
And for sure the MS Mondraker development Team with young talents like the Norwegian Brage Vestavik, the Australian Junior Patrick Butler, the Austrian Fabian Ulrich and the Italian Johannes von Klebelsberg, third classified in the Elite 2018 European Dowhnhill Championship!
DON’T MISS IT! DURING ALL THE WEEKEND WE WILL BE UPDATING WITH NEWS, PICTURES AND ALL RELATED WITH THE RACING SCENE.
First Day - TrackWalk
Good vibes on the first day in Croatia. The MS Mondraker Team have been making their first contact with the race track. The summum carbons are ready for today. Take a closer look to these insane machines.
Day 2 - Practice: Report of the first training at the first round of the 2018 Mercedes UCI world cup in Losinj/ Croatia.
First round of the 2018 Mercedes UCI world cup started today with the first day practice. The track of Losinj is known for its characteristics such as the sharp rocks from top to the finish part, where the track changes from natural into manmade city style conditions.
Apart from 2 flat tires and a few mechanical problems at the beginning first practice went good for the top boys Laurie, Brook and Mike as well as for the co-factory pilots Johannes and Brage, while Fabian is suffering from gastrointestinal infect.
Brook brought down a solid run and had the fastest time in the timed training session with 2:22:739 and 1,160 seconds ahead of his fellow Sam Blenkinsop.
Day 3: The first qualifier in the 2018 Mercedes UCi world cup showed how close victory and defeat are:
After being fastest in timed training Brook MacDonald managed to win the qualification with 1.160 seconds ahead of Dean Lucas. Laurie Greenland ended up in 9th place with a mistake in the top part and Mike Jones couldn’t qualify because of a flat tire even tough he came thru with the 4th fastest time at split 3.
Especially satisfying where also the results of the MS Mondraker co-factory program: Johannes von Klebelsberg qualified in 37th place and Brage Vestavik managed to qualify in 60th and last spot.
Don’t miss tomorrows race and follow us on https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1UU8QFGMN2111/world-cup-chatter-losinj
P.S.: site fact: it is the very first time in Brooks career that he set the fastest time in a timed training session and won a qualification.
Tomorrow ... Race day!! Stay Tuned!!!
So this is not how you want to finish a race… again this final showed how close victory and defeat are: 7th place for Laurie Greenland, but a DNF (did not finish) for Brook MacDonald.
Fastest qualifier Brook was 2nd fastest in the 2 top splits and missed his line over a drop and crashed. The result is a broken collarbone and several weeks break.
Laurie had a strong pedaling part at the start and looked good thru out the rocky middle section. A little mistake in the bottom part cost some essential tenth of a second what got him into 7th place 0,37 seconds off the podium.
Co factory riders Brage and Johannes proofed their results of the qualification 53rd and a 46th place in the finals. This means a big step forward for both of them and an upgrade into the A training for the upcoming races.
See you in Fort William!