“Holy shit, what a day!” These are the words that Dak used to describe his day in Lousã, and what a day it was! He was fast, steady, didn’t do any mistakes – and took 5th on the race! After Lošinj three years ago this makes for his second World Cup podium – we’re proud and happy to see him where it belongs!
Dakotah was already fast two weeks ago in Maribor, but the luck was not on his side. Lousã was a whole different ballgame, with the brand new track and very specific surface and conditions. But Dak quickly got friendly with it and set 9th time of the qualies. In the finals he raised it up a notch and got on the podium. He was fifth, just 0.01 second behind fellow American Aaron Gwin (and 3.073 behind race winner Greg Minnaar).
“Holy shit, what a day! Couldn’t be more stoked. I kind a rode off that podium once the last few dudes started coming down. I thought I had a good one and then wasn’t too sure about it. Honestly I thought I could got one last weekend, and I thought I could get one a pile more times. I finally pulled one together and showed the speed that I feel that I have. It’s really amazing, I’m over the moon about this weekend. To get a world cup podium was one of the best and worst things that has ever happened to me, to get two world cup podiums has in my opinion solidified me as one of the faster dudes. I’ve said I’m a top-10 guy and a podium contender before, but before you do it again it makes it even harder for you to believe it. Couldn’t ask for a better day and I’m excited to get back in the starting gates. The morning before the race I’m sure I’m going to tell you I hate racing, till after I get to the finish line.” – Dakotah Norton
Dak is now 10th overall.
Jure didn’t have such a great day. He’s again fast on the track, but two big mistakes put him down the ladder. He finished in 33rd and is now 23rd overall.
“I did good in the top part of the race run but started to loose front wheel traction on one of the still wet turns after the first split. I managed to stay on the bike, but I lost some speed. If went smooth after that, all the way to the last steep section where I did another mistake. I know I have the right speed, but I have to do a clean run and the result will be great.” – Jure Žabjek
There is no time to celebrate or rest. New qualies day is ahead of us and new race is happening on Sunday – as it is the last round of the season all of the points will be awarded on the finals (no points for qualies).
World Cup Lousã – Race 1:
Dakotah Norton – 9th in qualies, 5th in finals
Jure Žabjek – 27th in qualies, 33rd in finals
Dakotah Norton – 10th
Jure Žabjek – 23rd
Photos by Andy Vathis