Call him Mr. Leogang
The weekend could not have finished in a better way for our Mob rider Aaron Gwin: Excellent track and weather conditions, best time in Qualifying and finally a well-deserved victory after an insanely fast run.
The race weekend in Leogang ran like clockwork for Aaron. The 2.63km long track – which is one of his favorites – presented itself in dry and dusty conditions. He won the qualifying on Saturday smoothly by a margin of 2 sec to rival Greg Minnaar.
With a proper confidence boost he was the last rider to start on Sunday. You could feel the tension amongst the crowd when Aaron was on track as Loris Vergier had set a very good time in his run and seemed difficult to beat. But Aaron just did what he does best: full throttle, high concentration and pushing like crazy on the super fast Leogang track. When he suddenly made a little mistake in the lower part, a strong murmur went through the crowds as even the tiniest mistake could have cost him the win. But he mastered the dusty and loose track confidently and with 3:06.958 he took the win in Leogang – the third year in a row! With his victory Aaron moves up to 2nd position in overall timing.
„What a weekend! Enjoyed every day of my time here in Leogang this week. Felt great on the track from my first run on Friday and I was really excited for race day. So happy to throw down a solid run and get a win. I’m feelin’ faster and stronger every week right now, stoked for the rest of the season.“ (Aaron Gwin)
Unfortunately, Aaron's teammate Neko Mulally was not that lucky: he injured his wrist in a hard crash in training on Friday, therefore completing the qualifying and the race under considerable pain. But he brought down a solid run and set himself in position 35 with a total time of 3:17.844, now ranked in 11th in the overall ranking. Neko said: “Super happy for Aaron this weekend! It’s awesome to see your friends achieve their goals. My weekend was a challenge as I rode with a sore wrist and had limited practice, but all in all I’m happy to leave Leogang in a position to race at my best in Andorra. I’ve had a lot of good things happening to me lately and this small set back is just a minor bump in the road.”
The team takes a two-week break now before they head over to Vallnord at the end of July.
((Pics by Ale Di Lullo & Isac Paddock))