From YT: Fort William often produces great drama for both the fans that pack into the venue and for the hundreds of thousands watching at home; with this year's edition being no exception. Most of the top-ranked riders from 2016 arrived in Scotland without protected status thanks to the rained-out end of round 1 in Lourdes (FRA). Other riders had higher-than-expected rankings that they wanted to hang on to, so the stage was set for a many changes in the overall ranking, and many possible surprises.