Minnaar and Moseley Each Take The Big Win!
For the last few years, the KONA Top to Bottom Eliminator race in Leogang, Austria has been one of the top DH races in Europe. On Saturday June 10th the finals of the Eliminator Downhill were on. One week after his 2nd place finish at the World Cup in Willingen, Greg Minnaar had a big win at the Out of Bounds against KONA’s leading World Champ Fabien Barel.
More than 50 riders from all over Europe didn’t want to miss the chance to compete with stars like Fabien Barel (FRA), Matti Lehikonen (FIN), Greg Minnaar (SA), Michal Marosi and Kamil Tartakovic (both CZE). In Friday’s qualifer, Fabien Barel had the fastest run. Unfortunately KONA clump rider Carlin Dunne (USA) had a bad crash during practice on the last straight stretch of the course. He broke his nose and had to go to hospital for a few days. We wish Carlin all the best and for a fast recovery.
After 90 minutes of racing action the following riders made it to the finals: The KONA/ Les Gets Factory rider Fabien Barel and Kamil Tartakovic as well as the HONDA riders Greg Minnaar and Matti Lehikonen. Right after the start, Greg Minnaar took the lead in front of the French World Champ Barel, Matti Lehikonen and Kamil Tartakovic. In one of the first berms Lehikonen tried to pass Barel, but got off the course and crashed. By the time Lehikonen got back on his bike, Minnaar and the KONA riders were way ahead. Greg Minnaar stayed in front to finish first, ahead of Fabien and Kamil. The top 4 riders shared 7,500 Euros.
In Elite women, the KONA rider Tracey Moseley who is currently leading the World Cup, won the Top to Bottom race. The awards were held at the mad DeBuam Party, which was attended by over 2,500 people.
Men’s Results: (Oakley Athletes in Red)
Women’s Results: (Oakley Athletes in Red)