And we got another update on the Club teams from Jubal Brown, who raced the Club division last year but is in a support role in Spain –
California’s JT Baker was in excellent form yesterday and finished the day 11th in C2. He came out guns-a-blazing in the first test, got a little over-anxious, and laid it down. After that, JT slowed it down to go faster and enjoyed a pretty drama-free day after that. His strategy paid off; JT still finds himself in 11th at the end of Day 2.
Joey Fiasconaro is one of the few riders to have had 0 crashes in the first two days, but he did get a little stuck on the Berbinzana hill. “Those course workers are strong! They had some helpers on the hill today to keep bottlenecks from forming, and they grabbed a hold of my front wheel when my bike started to slow down and almost ripped it out from under me!” Joey was 8th in C3 on Day 1, and is still in the top 10 going into the third day.
Alex Dorsey’s tests went well except for a small crash in Test 1 and getting stuck on the hill once in Berbinzana. What was the craziest part of Alex’s day? The work period in the paddock at the end of the day: “All of the US club riders were in the work area at once tonight; there were like 15 of us in there all at the same time! The US support crew did a great job of getting us what we needed, making sure we had room and tools to work, and kept us from running over each other on the way in and out.” Alex was 9th in the C3 standings today.
Kale Elsworthy moved up substantially in the C2 standings from 22nd to 13th. He, “got stuck in a silt hole in a transfer section for a little bit. I didn’t think anything of it, but all of a sudden my bike just stopped. I had to stand it straight up and just pin-it to get it out, and this was right in the middle of a dirt road!”