October 18th, 2020


It’s been a long road back from injury for Angel Suarez when at this venue in Slovenia, one and a half years ago, his shoulder popped out in qualifying and he had to face a number of surgeries to get both shoulders back to where they are now. A top 10 qualifier at the World Championships last week showed he had the speed, but today he laid down a great run to take his best ever World Cup result, a well-earned 7th place. Oisin O’Callaghan made it a clean sweep here in Maribor not only winning both World Cups at this double header, but also the qualifiers too.

In today’s Junior final Guy Johnston recovered well from a crash yesterday in qualifying, to finish in a sold 12th place. By his own admission the New Zealander says he’s here “to learn European racing” and take home as much knowledge as possible from these races to prepare specifically for next year, when he’ll be a 2nd year junior. Oisin showed that as he comes to the latter part of his first year in the junior category, he’s got the speed to well represent that World Championship jersey. The double win here means he has a healthy lead in the World Cup Overall at the half way point.

Oisin said:

Double wins here in Maribor for the opening two rounds of the UCI World Cup and I couldn’t be happier. Now it’s time to rest up for the next races in Lousã, and let my body recover. I couldn’t be happier with how the bike performed all week in conditions that changed nearly every day.

For Dave Trummer there’s no doubt he was hoping for more today on a track that’s near to home but a small mistake after clipping a root on the entry to a forest section in the 2nd sector, lost him valuable time and rhythm, but the Austrian still finished in a solid 16th and holds P15 in the overall. The silver medal at World Champs is certainly the highlight so far but Dave is greedy for more!

Today was a triumphant return to the top end of the field for Angel who come into this weekend with number plate 108, and will go to the next race with plate 9. The 7th place today means that his previous record of 9th in Mont-Sainte-Anne in 2018 is in the history books and he can start to smell that podium!

Angel said:

Man what a day!! I’m super happy that I finished in 7th place. All the hard work in recovery and build up to this season has paid off and I can’t wait for more. I just love racing, and that’s why I keep trying, never give up, and now I want more….looking forward to the next races in Portugal!

Team Owner Martin Whiteley said:

Such an amazing group of riders we have now, so supportive of each other, and always sharing track intel and lines. To see Angel come back to where he is makes us all very proud, and that is the spirit of this team and our title sponsor YT, that you need give those that you have faith in time to shine. Let’s go racing in Portugal, give the fans and sponsors what they want, more good times and more top 10’s!

Round 3 is scheduled for Friday October 30 in Lousã, Portugal.