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Danny Hart (Factory Giant), Neko Mulally, and Tracy Moseley (both of Trek World Racing) kicked off their 2011 seasons in style, winning Sunday’s opening round of the 2011 Maxxis Cup series in Gouveia, Portugal. This race is recognized by many as the unofficial season opener for international downhill racing, but due to the conflicting Oceania Championship and BDS Opener, attendance by World Cup pros was limited.

Neko on his way to his first win of 2011

Danny posted the fastest time, 2:47.9, on a fast, rocky course in Gouveia, Portugal.  Neko came in with the second fastest time of the day, just 3.7 seconds off of Hart's pace.  Tracy took the win in the Women's category, proudly wearing the rainbow jersey of the reigning World Champ.  All of them scored several UCI points and some pretty good pay paychecks.

Day 2 practice video and interview with Danny Hart via 203mm:
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The track in Gouveia is notorious for the high speed rocky sections throughout, and during the week it claimed many riders, bikes and wheels. Tracy crashed in practice when she had a front wheel wash out and she landed hard on a large boulder, destroying her new custom painted helmet, but other than some soreness, was good to go for the race. Neko also survived a spectacular high speed crash on his final training run, after misjudging a landing slightly, and landed hard and fast onto a large pointed rock, destroying the rear wheel and sending him over the handlebars in a cloud of dust. He too destroyed a brand new custom helmet, but walked away from the crash with little more than bruising and scraping.

Moseley on the box

Tracy said: "Job done. I came here wanting to get more comfortable on the DH bike after a long winter, and even though I did some sections better in practice than in the race, it felt good to be back on the bike in the sun! I've been coming here on and off for the past 7 years, and it's always good to be on the top step here."

Neko said: "In qualifying I was caught up behind a slower rider that wouldn't move from the track. I had to pass him MX style, handlebar to handlebar at high speed, which was pretty fun, but cost me time. Danny was too fast for me here, but after improving in the final, I'm really happy to be where I am right now."

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Day 1 practice video via 203mm:
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