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La Coupe du Monde de descente était de retour avec un second programme double de la saison. Lousa recevait une étape du circuit pour la toute première fois. C'est également là que se couronnerait les champions de la série 2020. 

Dakotah Norton a fait encore preuve de sa vitesse et de son talent! Un second podium en carrière pour l'américain. Son dernier remontait à 2018 en Croatie. 

On laisse les images vous raconter les récits de la fin de semaine! 

COURSE 1 : Vendredi 30 Octobre

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. I finally pulled one together and showed the speed that I feel 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 one more has in my opinion solidified me as one of the faster racers. 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. 

– Dakotah Norton

I did good in the top part of the race run but started to loose front wheel traction on one of the wet turns after the first split. I managed to stay on the bike, but I lost some speed and momentum. I 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.

– a indiqué Jure Zabjek après sa première course de la fin de semaine.


Dakotah Norton 5e
Jure Zabjek 33e

COURSE 2 : Dimanche 1er Novembre

Personne n'a le pouvoir de lutter contre la volonté de Dame Nature. Quand elle décide… elle décide! Et il se trouve que Jure et Dakotah ont tous deux reçu une grosse partie de la pluie et du brouillard qui a perturbé les finales de dimanche. Nous n'aimons jamais chercher des excuses, mais cette fois, il n'avaient vraiment pas beaucoup d'options. Les deux ont attaqué du mieux qu'ils ont pu et cela a fonctionné légèrement mieux pour Jure, mais loin de ses attentes et objectifs personnels.

Dakotah était quant à lui sur une excellente descente, qui l'aurait permis de probablement percé le top 10. Malheureusement, une mauvaise ligne en bas de parcours lui causa une sortie de piste qu'il n'a pu éviter. 

Season was hard for sure, as we didn’t know what will happen with the events and all of the cancellations. We’re all happy that we did have couple of races and I proved that I can be really fast. But it was hard for me to focus and I knew I only have couple of rounds to prove myself. In Maribor I showed that I can be constantly in the top-20. This time around I wanted to show that I can do much better. I made a mistake on the first race, but today I was really unlucky with the weather, which is something totally out of my control.

– Jure Zabjek

Bummed about the race today, but still proud of myself for going forward in the conditions. I wish we’re still going racing; I think I have good speed and good fitness. I worked really hard and didn’t get a chance to prove it. I know we had glimpses of being on a podium and having really, really competitive splits with the top dudes, but want more racing right now.

Time to go back home with that feeling of walking away from the finish line with your tire unbeaded and knowing you were that close. This gives me something to go into offseason and put my head down and work really hard to be where I need to be for the next season.

– Dakotah Norton


Dakotah Norton 59e
Jure Zabjek 40e

Classement général de la Coupe du Monde 2020:

Dakotah Norton 15e
Jure Zabjek 26e