Race Report: World Cup Les Gets – DH

“I made some huge gains from the first lap to the last lap,” said Dakotah after his race weekend in Les Gets was over, unfortunately that doesn’t include his finals run that – to put it mildly – didn’t go well.

We’re off to a good start, Dakotah was feeling good in Les Gets, especially after some changes on the bike settings. Confirmation came on Friday in the qualifications when he took 13th place, knowing that he still has some reserve in his hands. Gaps on the short, fast and loose track were very small, so we all also knew that this will not do on Saturday.

The track in Les Gets was in fact so loose that Dak decided to run Shortys front and rear for his race runs as they gave some extra traction on the dusty surface. That helped, but on such a fast track – with speeds above 60 km/h – even that wasn’t enough and all of the riders went sideways in at least couple of sections. Dak did more of that than some others and finished the race in 36th place.

“This weekend… though race. Definitely different track from what we raced in the past, I don’t think it was a track that necessarily suited me. Regardless I found some speed in qualifying and just didn’t found the flow in finals. Felt like I was riding good all weekend, felt like I made some huge gains from the first lap to the last lap. But unfortunately just didn’t had the flow in the finals,” said Dak after the race.

He’s by far the only one that struggled with this course; there were riders behind him on the track that finished behind him on the end, many with no obvious mistakes. Next round is in Val di Sole, and we hope for a way better performance there, so does Dak.

“Last races are all a little bit more tracks that I’ve raced before, tracks I’m happy with and tracks that suit me a lot more. Trying to build for the second half of the season here.”Dakotah Norton

Dak kept 21st place in the overall standings – thanks to great result on Friday.

At the same time it was a fantastic weekend for Canadian Patrick Laffey from the Devinci’s development team. He’s again with us this time around and did absolutely great and took 2nd place on the race and is now 2nd overall!

Downhill recap:
– Kirk and Jure also missed this round, we expect them to be back in Val di Sole
– Dakotah was 13th in the qualifications, and 36th in the finals
– Dakotah is still 21st overall
– Next round is in Val di Sole

Photos by Dave Trumpore & Keith Valentine