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World Cup in Leogang, hopeful for Mondraker

LEOGANG WAS ONE OF THE DATES MARKED IN RED ON THE CALENDAR. THIS WAS THE MOST PHYSICAL AND TECHNICALLY DEMANDING WORLD CUP RACE.

The Leogang World Cup helped to showcase the high level the PMX Racing and MS Mondraker riders have. After a Friday in which Bec McConnell took second place in the Short Track, we saw good performances all weekend from both teams’ riders.

SHORT TRACK

The Leogang World Cup started very well for PMX Racing in the Short Track races. After being in the top positions from the beginning, Bec McConnell finished in second place just behind Lecomte, who has been unstoppable since the beginning of the season. With this result, the Australian's best in a World Cup Short Track, she proved to be in excellent form. In the men's race, Jofre Cullell also had a spectacular race, pushing until the last moment and finishing in 10th position, also the Catalan's best result in a World Cup. Furthermore, Dan McConnell finished in a meritorious 22nd position.   

DH

On Saturday it was the turn of the DH final, the first World Cup race of the season in this discipline. The MS Mondraker riders were also at a high level considering the other competitors. The first to race was Eleonora Farina, who after qualifying 4th, finished in 6th position. In the men's category, the best result was by Laurie Greenland, who after being in the Hot Seat for a long time, finished 7th, just over 2 seconds behind the winner Troy Brosnan. Brook MacDonald finished in 52nd position after setting an excellent time that would have put him close to the final podium positions. In the last corner, Brook suffered a double crash that made him lose any chance of being in the top positions. Laly Thibaut finished in 59th position.

XCO

Sunday was another highlight of the weekend. In one of the toughest tracks in the World Cup, Bec McConnell proved once again that she is among the best riders of the field. After the first few laps in the front group, leaving aside Lecomte who from the very beginning opened a gap from the rest, she knew how to suffer until the last moment to get a well-deserved seventh position that places her in fourth overall.

On the other hand, and something that gives us a lot of hope for the future, was the performance of Jofre Cullell. The Catalan was on the verge of a big surprise as he was between fourth and fifth until the last lap. Unfortunately, on the last lap he paid for the effort and he started to suffer from cramping, and ended up dropping to 47th place. Lastly Dan McConnell finished 28th.

 

In essence, after what we could consider the most demanding event of the calendar in both XC and DH, we must be happy with the results and what we could do in Austria. Now we have to wait a couple of weeks for the next event in Les Gets where we hope that these encouraging performances will be a reality again.

 

See Leogang WC results.

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