Oakley's Andrew Neethling and Tracy Moseley Win At US Open
Oakley’s Andrew Neethling and Tracy Moseley won last weekend at the prestgious US Open downhill at Diablo Freeride park in New Jersey. Oakley’s Gee Atherton came in 0.54 seconds behind Neethling and took second. Oakley’s Jill Kintner placed second in the women’s event.
Some of the world’s top racers turned out for the one-off race and the US$55,000 prize pot. Neethling qualified third, behind Mick Hannah and Atherton, with team-mate Leov in sixth.“After qualifying I knew I had a chance at the win today and my goal was to go for it,” said Neethling. “For sure, I was a bit nervous at the start, but that’s normal against such a world class field. My game plan was to be smooth and keep the flow exiting the woods because after practice in the morning I realized that being too aggressive in the rock section wasn’t going to pay off. I punched hard to the finish in the open section, and I’m absolutely over the moon.”
Moseley qualified second for the women’s race, just behind Melissa Buhl (USA) and in front of Jill Kintner (USA), who crashed on the line.“It’s pretty cool to be at the US Open for the first time,” Moseley said. “The crowds in the rock section were huge and having a great party. I was really happy with my top section but I slid out exiting the woods and it felt like I’d flatted, so I rode a bit cautiously for a little while after that. When I realized it wasn’t actually a flat I attacked the last section really hard. I’m very happy to win here. Such a great weekend for the team and now I’m so looking forward to Fort William!”
1. Andrew Neethling (Trek World Racing) 2m 19.55secs
2. Gee Atherton (USA) 2m 20.09secs
1. Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) 2m 40.16secs
2. Jill Kintner (USA) 2m 40.57secs