Sunday’s event featured sections in pretty much the same locations as Saturday’s event, and Smage once again came away with the win with 10 points, while GasGas North America’s Alex Niederer was second with 35 points. Roper repeated his third-place performance with 44 marks.
“The sections were very technical, for sure,” Smage said. “You’re not just wide open every section, hitting everything as hard as you could. You really had to think about all the angles, every inch of staying on your line, finding traction, and hitting everything exactly how you wanted to. If you hit it sideways or hit it too hard, you’ll end up spinning and sliding out, so you really had to be smooth and precise. All my points were basically single dabs here and there, just either not knowing what traction was there and almost being a little bit on the safe side, or ending up spinning, getting slightly off line, finding myself in a bad spot, and having to take a one just to make sure I got out of it without ending up with a five. Even with the title wrapped up coming in here, for some reason I still felt the same pressure. I was hoping that wouldn’t be the case, so maybe that won’t change until I’m done riding the pro class. It’s just something I feel like I have to do to ride my best.”