Qualifications at round one of the UCI DH World Cup in Lourdes, France proved to be a interesting day for the Kona DH Team, producing a mixed bag of results. Connor Fearon, racing with the number five plate, finished qualifications uncharacteristically outside of the top ten in 32nd, with only 3 seconds separating the top ten though the racing in Lourdes is tight. He’s not fazed though, confident that he can bring the speed on race day “I felt weird dropping in for my qualification today. I was nervous and just rode tight. I’m not to worried though, I’ve been riding good and I feel confident I’ll bring the speed tomorrow.” – Connor Fearon
Josh Button, whose seeded in 62nd place after his 2016 season (how could you forget Cairns), rode to solid 63rd place in qualis yesterday. We all know he has what it takes to surprise everyone and we are just waiting for it to happen again. Could the season opener be his day?
Tegan Molloy unfortunately has fallen victim to the new UCI changes and her 17th place yesterday morning puts her just two places shy of competing in the finals. After a great off season back home in Australia it’s a disappointing start for her season. She remains positive and more motivated than ever to crush it at round two.
After an injury plagued 2016 season, junior Anthony Poulson could not have hoped for a better start to 2017. Looking blazingly fast on track, the young Quebec native who spent his winter in NZ, has come out with an 11th place in qualifications. This will be his second season on the World Cup circuit and it appears that his experience is starting to pay off.
And unfortunately for Canadian shredder Magnus Manson, his 82nd will leave him out the finals at Round 1. He was riding fast in practice but just couldn’t put things together in his run. There is no doubt that this years DH field is supremely stacked with talented riders, but there is no denying it’s a disappointing start Magnus, whom clearly has that X factor.
Finals are airing on RedBull.Tv at 4:00 AM PDT. Be sure to tune in and cheer for Josh, Connor and Anthony as they compete against the rest of the Worlds best DH racers!