At Fort William, it’s go full gas, get the hole shot, and then hang on and hope that you don’t break a chain, flat, or otherwise shoot yourself in the foot. Simple recipe, not so simple to execute.
However, Jana Horakova and Jared Graves have horsepower to burn, so even when they didn’t get the snap from the gate in their respective races, they were able to make up the difference and advance, round after round. Graves even finished at least one round with a flat, yet still came out on top in the end:
The men’s big final ended with Graves taking the win over Joost Wichman, Michal Prokop, and Romain Saladini; Kamil Tatarkovic took the win in the small final for fifth. Graves continues to extend his lead over Joost Wichman for the WC overall.
“I nearly got tangled with Joost at the snap,” stated Graves. “He lined up way inside of his gate in order to avoid a rock that was creeping out of the start ramp. When the gate dropped, we nearly tangled, but I was able to get by him and get the hole shot and didn’t make any mistakes.”
The women’s big final saw Anneke Beerten take the gate, but get taken by the powerful Jorakova on the straight. Jorakova went on for the win, with (in second place on down) Anita Molcik, Romana Labounkova, and Beerten, and Lucia Oetjen rounding out the podium. Jorakova is looking to be the WC overall winner if she can remain on form, with Molcik and Beerten both chasing hard.