Jure finished the race in Les Gets among the many top names of the downhill scene, unfortunately they were listed at the bottom of the finals standings. Jure crashed in the top section of the track and finished the race in 48th place.
Race in Les Gets was heavily influenced by the rain, today’s conditions on the track got worse with every minute of the race. Fastest riders from the qualies – last riders on the track today – didn’t really had any chances. Jure started earlier, in the first part of the finals, but it was already slippery at the time. He slipped before the first split and crashed into the tree, luckily he’s OK and was able to continue with his race run. His splits after that showed that he’s fast, but with lost time he couldn’t get back in the game for the top spots.
“I continued with the race run, despite the crash. That wasn’t my real race speed, but I still went on. Good splits after the crash give me lots of motivation for the next events. I know that I’m fast, I just have to put all the pieces together,” Jure said after the race. Next World Cup stop is Maribor, home track for Jure and of course we all have high hopes for that event.
DH track in Les Gets is great, Jure Žabjek and Žak Gomilšček also like it. It was almost completely dry this morning and very fast, then it started to rain. Just a little bit at first, but the drops were getting bigger and more frequent. The big dilemma came – which tires are better for the conditions at hand. Jure & the staff decided to go with the faster, dry tires as the track wasn’t as wet at the time.
Great effort by Jure, but no glory today in Les Gets; or as Jure said: “the speed was there, but result wasn’t.”
Žak finished his race weekend in Friday’s qualifications.
Finals – Jure Žabjek 48th
Qualies – Jure Žabjek 43rd, Žak Gomilšček 94th
Photos by Grega Stopar