Josh Button is well and truly back! After his show-stealing performance at the Cairns round of the UCI Downhill World Cup last year he suffered a massive injury, taking him out of rest of the season. He was able to ride in the World Champs but he was not 100%. Well as of the weekend, it’s safe to say that Josh Button is back, he beat a stacked field of Austrailia’s and New Zealand’s top DH riders to take the 2017 Oceania Continental MTB Championship Gold medal in Toowoomba. We just received the below race report from Josh to accompany Ryan Finlay‘s amazing photos, have a read and get excited for the 2017 World Cup DH Season!
Australia hosted the 2017 Oceanic Championships in Toowoomba this year. I decided to make this race my return after having an old thumb injury fixed during the off-season. A classic Australian, dusty, blown out course was on offer. I’d been a little sick over the last few days so I took practice easy. Saturday we had seeding, I had a really solid run, and managed to hold out in fourth. Times were fairly tight and I was confident I could find a few more seconds.
On Sunday morning we noticed a big inside line had been bunted back to its original path, slowing the track down by a few seconds. I had a shocking morning practice having a small crash, and feeling a little off. After some good food and an afternoon nap, I felt much better come race time. I put to together a really good run, with only a few minor mistakes. I focused on staying smooth, holding good exit speed and not getting caught up in the holes. I posted a time of 2:46 which stood the rest of the day to take the 2017 Oceania Championships. A really good start to my 2017 season.