World Champs is a game of inches and unfortunately, Steve Smith was just a little off in his race run, sliding out and throwing away a chance at victory. Aboard his prototype 27.5-inch short-travel DH bike, Steve had the fastest timed run before race day and the world was waiting to see if the result would stand up. When you only have one run, any little mistake spells disaster. We're gutted for Steve, but as we all know, that's racing.
Credit: Doug Hatfield