THREE TOP TEN RESULTS AT THE 2021 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
All four YT Mob riders this week had the privilege of being selected to represent their respective nation, the most number of riders we’ve ever had contest the World Championships at once, and in the end we walked away with three Top 10 results.
The juniors started the day off here in Val Di Sole (ITA) with Oisin O’Callaghan finishing 5th despite a crash late in his run, and Guy Johnston improving on his qualifier to finish 8th. In Friday’s qualifier Oisin found his mojo and was easily the fastest and today was set to do another great time, fastest in the first 3 splits before coming off in the final sector, but recovered quickly to lock in 5th place. Guy had injured his ankle earlier in the week, but felt good today and was really happy with his run.
Oisin said: “I was feeling super good all week, won qualifying feeling comfortable and confident with the bike dialled. I went into today thinking I could do the double, getting the 2nd jersey, but unfortunately, I crashed near the bottom. The main thing I take away is that I know from being fastest in the first 3 splits today that I have the speed, and I’ll carry that into next week”.
Guy said: “Can’t complain about an 8th in the World at my first attempt. The track was wild, so it’s good to know I’m making progress with 3 more rounds of the World Cup remaining!”
For the Elite Men in the qualifying, Dave was a protected rider and had a solid run on Friday to finish 8th. Dakotah, not protected due to missing Maribor, had a steady qualifier but still finished 14th. In the final today, despite the threat of rain, the track was running fast and Dave had another great run, despite a slow puncture he picked up on the way down, to cross the line in 2nd and eventually finish 8th. Dakotah was having a great ride and was 2 seconds up on the leader when his front wheel went into a hole on the side of the track and crashed out, fortunately uninjured.
Dave said: “I’m having some mixed feelings about today. On the one hand I’m happy about P8, but on the other I’m frustrated and a bit angry about being unlucky to pick up that front puncture. The times were so close that I know without this problem, a top 5 was very realistic.”
Dakotah said: “World Champs is such a special race and I really felt I had something to give today. I went for it and unfortunately came up a bit short. Happy to show I had competitive speed and so I’ll take that into next week, looking forward to Lenzerheide!”
The team leaves Italy tomorrow for Lenzerheide in Switzerland for the start of the second half of the World cup season; Round 4 takes place on Saturday, September 4th.