Connor Fearon dropped into his last World Cup race of the 2016 season yesterday with just a one point lead over good friend Luca Shaw in the overall standings. After qualifying in 12th position, Connor would have a nervous wait at the bottom, especially after finding himself in second place with his solid and aggressive run. With eleven riders left to come down, hopes of finishing on the podium were not a sure thing. Finishing the season on a high note, Connor only gave up three positions, and found himself standing on his second podium of the season in fifth place! The best bit, his podium result was enough to hold onto his number five plate and finish the 2016 UCI World Cup Downhill season in fifth place! #yeahconnor
“It never really crossed my mind I was going to finish fifth overall. A few very fast guys were close in the overall behind me so I kind of expected them to overtake me. I just rode my race the best I could and had a solid run. It had rained a little bit for me and part were slippery but not enough to slow me down too much. It got worse for the following ten riders which sucks a bit, but it happens in this sport.”
Josh Button would also have a solid run, after making a miracle comeback from a dislocated hip earlier in the season, he’d qualified for the main event just one spot ahead of the cutoff mark in 79th place. Not wanting to jeopardise his World Champs chances, Josh rode a calculated run on the fast and technical track to finish the day in a very impressive 49th place.
Team Manager Mathieu Dupelle has been hinting at some pretty special World’s bikes which he’s been secrety prepping, I can’t believe its only a week till these two tackle the World Champs root fest at Val di Sole!