Fourth round of IXS European Downhill Cup was in Pila, above Aosta valley. Pila hosted a World Cup race more than the decade ago and after four years of absence on European circuit it was great to see iconic racetrack back on calendar. Bad weather with rain made long and fast racetrack even harder and more interesting for riders.
Sinter Brakes Team had great team results as all of the riders in Junior category were near the top: Žak was the fastest among teammates with 4th place, Marko was 6th and Žan finished on 12th place. In Elite category Rudi again didn’t showed his true potential in qualifications and missed Superfinals for 1,6 s. In Sundays small finals, he finished on 9th place.
Žak: “Weekend in Pila was fun. I really enjoyed the track here and the rain made it even more interesting. In the finalsI made a few mistakes at the top but after that I rode everything fine. I’m happy that I’m closing the gap between first place in the overal ranking which was the goal for the weekend. Now I’m already looking for Val di Sole upcoming weekend ”
Marko: “Recovered to a solid P6 despite going off track at the very first turn 🤦♂️ Next stop: Val di Sole 😊”
Žan: “Pila was an amazing racing venue. For me, the changing conditions where just a bit too much, because I just didn’t know where I could push it or not… At the end a bit too cautious run was enough for 12. place.”
Rudi: “I had a really good time riding the track in Pila. The track was really fun as it had everything on it. Even in the rain it was riding sweet. But I just couldn’t get in that race mode when it counted… I was also struggling with my arms and therefore I wasn’t able to focus properly on riding…”
After the halfway mark of the race series, SBT riders are in very good positions in overall ranking with Žak slowly closing the gap to the leader of the category. There are 3 more races to go, with riders one worst qualifying and finals result to be deleted in overall ranking.
Overall ranking after Rd. 4:
Pro U19 male:
|1. RAINIO Onni (Saracen SportSource)||380 pts|
|2. GOMILŠČEK Žak (Sinter Brakes Team)||334 pts|
|3. LEHMANN Hannes (MRC Saracen Racing Team)||328 pts|
|4. NIEMIZ Marko (Sinter Brakes Team)||306 pts|
|18. PIRŠ ŽAN (Sinter Brakes Team)||88 pts|
|1. RUETSCH Constantin (IXS Gravity Union)||617 pts|
|2. PALAZZARI Davide (Scout Nukeproof)||474 pts|
|3. PHILOGENE Christopher (2 Bros Racing / Start Fitness)||472 pts|
|41. PINTAR Rudi (Sinter Brakes Team)||156 pts|
More results on: www.ixsdownhillcup.com
PHOTO GALLERY FROM RICK SCHUBERT