söndag 28 september 2014

European enduro series, Treuchtlingen, Germany

Robin takes 2nd place at the european enduro series race in Treuchtlingen, Germany. Despite a crash on stage four.

With 7 stages and a race time of 15 minutes Robin was only 1.98 seconds from taking the win away from the fast Frenchman Nicolas Lau but a crash on stage four put a stop to that. 

– I’m happy with 2nd place behind Nicolas Lau, but I’m a bit bummed that I crashed at stage 4 wich probably costed me the win.
It was a tricky race, short and intense stages but slippery and technical so you had to be cautious and safe at the right spots. Said Robin after the race. 

Robin is now proving that he can compete with the best in this fairly new sport and he will now pack up the van and head down to Italy and race the last enduro world series in Finale Ligure, Italy. 




söndag 21 september 2014

European cup finals, Leogang Austria

The last european cup race of the season was held in Leogang, Austria this weekend.
Robin is all on his own right now, Marcus is out with a injured thumb, Niklas decided to skip this race because of school work and he did not really have any chance to advance in the overall standings and our mechanic Leo is also back at the univesity.

The track in Leogang is the same track as we raced the world cup on earlier this season so Robin got used to the track pretty quick.

The race weekend did not start that great for Robin, he unfortunately punctured his front wheel right before the start in the seeding run. So the only thing he could do was to roll out of the start gate and then walk back up and take the lift down.

Robin was a bit frustrated about that because he lost a couple of valuable points for the overall standings of the series.

Robin started early in the finals and came down in second place right behind Johannes Fischbach. 
However nobody came close of beating neither Johannes or Robins time. 
So Robin got a 2nd place behind the german Johannes Fischbach. 

—I was a bit pissed of yesterday when i had the flattire at the start but somehow thought it might be a good thing. I took a gamble and switched to dry tires before my run wich ended up not being such a good move and i had a couple of close calls early on and then just made it down as safe as i could. I am happy it was enough for a podium and that I was able to round of the season in a good way. Said Robin after his race run. 

Robin also climbed four positions in the overall and finished in a 6th place overall in the European cup after a very up and down season plagued by injuries and crashes.





söndag 14 september 2014

Swedish national series finals in Åre

We feel pretty bad about it but we haven't done any downhill racing at all in Sweden this year, but we finally got some time of and we packed the van one more time for the Swedish national series finals in Åre.

Marcus decided to stay home and rest his injured thumb and our mechanic is back in school so it was only a two man band this weekend with Niklas and Robin.

The track have been the same for the last couple of years so during practice Robin and Niklas took the time to enjoy some laps in the bike park as well, Robin was fastest in the seeding run and Niklas had a smal crash and was sitting in 7th position.

For the finals Niklas had a pretty smooth run and took the lead and nobody was able to beat the time until Robin left the start, and he was up on Niklas time at the first split.
It looked like Robin was on his way to beat Niklas time by a couple of seconds but unfortunately he got a puncture on the front tire in the last corners and was struggling a lot to get to the finish line.
It got close to Niklas time but it was not enough, Robin got into 3rd place behind 4x rider Felix Beckeman.


Overall a very fun and relaxed race weekend and hopefully we can have the time next year to race a couple of more swedish national races.


söndag 7 september 2014

World championships in Hafjell, Norway

This years world champs is in the history books and it´s been an amazing experience for the whole team.

Last weekend Niklas & Robin were able to get on new bikes for this race which got them a bit fired up even though it was a last minute change it seemed like the new bike was just what they have been missing the whole season...

Unfortunately Marcus had a big crash on saturday and did not race the finals after seeding in 14th place in juniors which was a bummer for the whole team as he has been riding very well lately.

The track conditions were surprisingly dry and dusty the whole week which maybe didn't favor us that much but everyone was loving the track and had a good feeling.

Niklas and Robin was featured in the power rankings on vitalmtb at the start of the week and they both had this race as the only goal of the season so confidence was quite good in the pits.
World Champs DH Action Slideshow
Vital Power Rankings, 2014 Downhill World Championships - The 15 Fastest Going In

Just before Niklas was about to head up to the start it looked like rain was coming in so Leo quickly sorted out mud-tires, settings & goggles before running to the lift with Niklas.

Niklas was maybe a bit to nervous and fired up and made some big misstakes on track coming to a complete stop just before entering the main woods and a very sketchy nose-whelie in the last rock-garden.

-I didn´t get near the result that i was after but i had a great feeling in parts of the track and the crowd was just pure amazing which made this race a very memorable one for me and i just want to thank everyone involved that helped me out to get here.

A 49th place in the end didn´t quite reflect Niklas at his best.

Robin had a good feeling in morning-practice and headed for the start fired up.
Sorry enough he hit a pole on the last jump on the first straight so hard with his left hand that the front brake collapsed. He made it down being able to get a bit of front brake in sections by pumping it up at the straights.

-I´m obviously bummed that i didn´t get to go as fast as i wanted and miss out on the last chance to make this race stick. It caught me of guard so i almost crashed in the first woods but i am super happy that i made it down and got to experience the amazing crowd and a 22nd place might not be so bad.

Full results can be found here: full results

We would like to congratulate this years world champion: Gee Atherton and wish 2nd place Josh Bryceland a speedy recovery.

After all we had an amazing week in Hafjell and we want to thank everyone that came out to watch and support.




lördag 23 augusti 2014

Méribel World Cup #7, Finals

As Marcus injured his thumb yesterday, we had a bit more time in the morning. As we got down to the pit we realized some thieves had visited our pit during the night. A pretty bad way to start the day, but there isn't much to do about it then, so the boys headed for practice instead.

The practice session was pretty incident free. Robin threw on some dry tires and harder springs to match the drying and deterioraring track, and Niklas kept the set-up from qualifying.

Niklas started just after 2 o'clock but unfortunately didn't make it far before his tire came off the rim. This accident caused quite a moment but Niklas saved it and is alright but his race was over at that point.

Robin left the start about half an hour later but was troubled by a brake issue and therefore couldn't ride the pace he wanted. After all was said and done Robin was in 57th spot.

            

A dissapointing way to end the world cup season, but now we head home to do the last preparations for the world championchips in Hafjell.

fredag 22 augusti 2014

Meribel World Cup #7, Qualifying

We are here in Méribel, France, for the final world cup of the season. The track here is new to the world cup circuit and it is steep, fast and has a lot of roots.

Robin and Niklas had an okay practice session this morning, but Marcus had a freak accident on his last run where a pole hit his thumb. After a few hours with the medics the verdict was two fractures in his right thumb. He will not race this weekend, and will use this time to rest up and try to come back strong for the World Championchips in two weeks time.


Robin was our first man of the start, he had a pretty good run according to the clock but not according to Robin. He put in a 33rd place run, with things to improve on which is a good position to be in for tomorrow.


Niklas was next, he had an okay run to finish in 68th place. He has a few things to dial in for tomorrow, but was satisfied to qualify on a type of track he usually doesn't do well on.


So tomorrow is the finals, and as usual you can watch the race live on redbull.com/bike.

Check back after the race for a final report, it might come a bit later than usual as we will start the drive home to Sweden directly after the race.

måndag 18 augusti 2014

Press Release, World Championships

We are very happy and proud to announce that the whole team will get the chance to represent Sweden at this years world championship in Hafjell, Norway.
This is probably the closest we will get to experience a world championship on home soil, and a lot of friends and family will be there. It's no secret that this has been the main goal ever since we heard that the biggest race of the season was going to be held this close to home, and we know we're going to enjoy every second of it.


The Swedish national team will consist of seven downhill riders, four in elite men, two junior men and one women. Robin and Niklas are two of the elite men representatives, Marcus is of course one of the juniors and Leo will, together with the teams previous mechanic and long time friend Erik Källström be wrenching for the whole national team.


"I have been focused on this race ever since it came up on the schedule and i am super stoked it is finally going to happen. I feel fit and healthy and i know i can perform well on that track so lets do this." -Robin Wallner


"I can´t be more excited to do my first World champ and to do it in Hafjell makes it even more special. Ever since I got to know that worlds were going to be in hafjell I have had it on my mind nearly 24/7. It has been my dream and goal for the last 2 years to get there."- Marcus Hansson 


"Hafjell is special for me, I´ve got my best ever world cup result there, I love the track and no matter how bad this season has been with injuries and stuff I´m 100% focus and ready to give it my all in Hafjell." - Niklas Wallner