RESULTS: Crankworx Rotorua Downhill 10

Wheel sizes of all diameters mingle happily as Brook MacDonald and Tracey Hannah take victories in Rotorua.

RESULTS: Crankworx Rotorua Downhill

When the DH track at Skyline in Rotorua, New Zealand is dry and dusty, it's one of the great race venues. Track features range from wide open and grassy to steep and technical in the woods. The highlight of the course is the massively off-camber and bench-cut finish zone that has riders fighting the pull of gravity downward as they aim for the line. With a solid turnout of World Cup-caliber riders, the Crankworx Rotorua DH race could be considered a race that gives us some real insight into how racers have prepared for the season ahead. The race bikes are prepped and dialed and the fitness is sparking.

Brook MacDonald kept New Zealanders amped by taking a win in his home country. His run was deliberate, focused and filled with that touch of ragged-edge drama that we expect from the Bulldog. He rode his Mondraker Summum with 27.5-inch wheels to victory. Finn Iles has been riding a new Specialized *Demo* that uses 29-inch front wheel and 27.5-inch rear wheel. Others like Mick Hannah used the mis-matched wheel combo, but Finn was the rider to give the set up that reminds of a 2004 Big Hit some credibility. Finn placed 2nd by just .09 seconds and, if style matters, laid down one of the most epic foot-out, flat corner drifts in his run, with his body well over the front wheel, letting the rear wheel slide around in an explosion of dust and Sam-Hillness. He also had an audible, NFG-huck-to-flat at a road crossing. Music to our ears and our eyes between Brook's bruising and Finn's flying. It is great to see George Brannigan healthy and confident, back on track, with a 3rd place finish only .5 off of victory. Loic Bruni, current World Champ, had a front flat ending his run.

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Tracey Hannah took the women's victory by almost five seconds with other World Cup riders like Tahnee Seagrave (3rd) and Emilie Siegenthaler (4th) present. Local knowledge seemed to have paid off as Katy Heatherly of NZ landed in 2nd place.

Watch the broadcast replay on Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/325788270

Brook MacDonald has the Rotorua track on lock with some risky sniper hucks. Brook looked focused, fit and fierce with a win to prove it.

The Finn drift


Pro Men's DH Results

  1. Brook MacDONALD - 2:52.870
  2. Finn ILES - 2:52.960
  3. George BRANNIGAN - 2:53.240
  4. Bernard KERR - 2:54.960
  5. Laurie GREENLAND - 2:54.990
  6. Dean LUCAS - 2:55.000
  7. Connor FEARON - 2:55.740
  8. Alexandre FAYOLLE - 2:56.030
  9. Jackson FREW - 2:57.260
  10. Samuel BLENKINSOP - 2:57.580
  11. Eliot JACKSON - 2:57.800
  12. Harry BUSH - 2:57.920
  13. Mitch ROPELATO - 2:58.010
  14. Keegan WRIGHT - 3:00.250
  15. Angel SUAREZ - 3:00.750
  16. Remy MORTON - 3:01.120
  17. Francisco PARDAL - 3:01.180
  18. Austin WARREN - 3:01.350
  19. Mick HANNAH - 3:01.580
  20. Guy GIBBS - 3:03.110
  21. Charlie MAKEA - 3:03.440
  22. Boaz HEBBLETHWAITE - 3:03.680
  23. Max HARTENSTERN - 3:05.630
  24. Will HART - 3:06.010
  25. Kyle LOCKWOOD - 3:07.650
  26. Nils HEINIGER - 3:09.850
  27. Louis HAMILTON - 3:09.950
  28. Jonty VINK - 3:10.840
  29. Craig EVANS - 3:11.990
  30. Allan COOKE - 3:12.350
  31. Luca COMETTI - 3:12.500
  32. Bas VAN-STEENBERGEN - 3:13.160
  33. Leonard SONNTAG - 3:15.870
  34. Luca DRANSMANN - 3:17.200
  35. Sam DALE - 3:17.470
  36. Shaun BARCLAY - 3:20.360
  37. Ryan HOWARD - 3:21.380
  38. Hamish MCLEOD - 3:29.120
  39. Sam HARDMAN - 3:32.050
  40. William MACDERMID - 3:34.080
  41. Josh BIRKENHAKE - 3:34.730
  42. Michael WILLIAMS - 3:47.780
  43. Rhys ELLIS - 4:05.460

Tracey Hannah on the technical high line to victory. How 'bout those fingers not even over the levers, too!


Pro Women's DH Results

  1. Tracey HANNAH - 3:21.320
  2. Kate WEATHERLY - 3:26.120
  3. Tahnee SEAGRAVE - 3:29.770
  4. Emilie SIEGENTHALER - 3:34.230
  5. Abigail HOGIE - 3:35.380
  6. Camille BALANCHE - 3:36.300
  7. Casey BROWN - 3:39.360
  8. Vaea VERBEECK - 3:39.660
  9. Georgia ASTLE - 3:45.850
  10. Shania RAWSON - 3:50.480
  11. Vinny ARMSTRONG - 3:52.790
  12. Danielle BEECROFT - 3:55.110
  13. Kathy MORRIS - 3:55.910
  14. Ellie SMITH - 4:02.200
  15. Samantha SORIANO - 4:04.150
  16. Anneke BEERTEN - 4:05.950

See complete results on Crankworx.com

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