DAKOTAH NORTON HOLDS 7TH POSITION IN WORLD CUP OVERALL AFTER ROUND 1
In his debut World Cup race for the YT Mob here in Leogang (AUT), American Dakotah Norton scored a 4th place in qualifying and then backed that up with a 9th in the finals to walk away with an overall ranking of 7th. Elite team mate Dave Trummer finished 5th in qualifying but made a number of small mistakes resulting in a 19th position in the finals, still holding position 15 in the overall heading towards Round 2.
In the junior race, the reigning World Champion Oisin O’Callaghan had to settle for a steady 8th place and scoring key points for the overall after crashing hard and spraining his wrist on Friday. Guy Johnston put together two solid top ten runs with an 8th in qualifying and an 9th on race day.
Qualifying day was actually the best in the team’s history with 2 elite men in the top 5 and we were the only team with 2 riders in the top 10.
Dakotah said: ”Starting the season on a new team is always a nerve wracking experience for me, and more so riding for the YT Mob, with such a winning history. I felt I had big shoes to fill as an American. I’m excited to show I have good speed and put down a solid result to build on for the coming races”.
Dave said: “I think I was trying too hard today in the finals and made too many small mistakes the whole way down. I think it could have been a lot worse, so it was actually a solid start into the World Cup season. I’m looking forward to the next race already in Les Gets (FRA)."
Oisin said’ “I’m super happy with 8th today even though it wasn’t a win, it was a personal victory. I got good points for the overall and after hurting my wrist in a crash before qualifying yesterday, it was a positive weekend salvaging points and now it’s time to rest up, and recover, for the next race,”
Guy said: “I’m happy to start the season with a top ten after recovering from a broken collarbone and with the rough conditions here in Leogang. I’m hoping to be on the podium by the end of the season!”.
The team now goes to France for two weeks of testing and training before arriving in Les Gets on the 28th of June for World Cup DH #2.