4X ProTour 2018: Round 2 – Szczawno Zdroj, Poland

Scott Beaumont

Qualifying – 5th

Race –  5th

 

Round 2 of the 2018 4X ProTour was held in a town called Szczawno Zdroj (pronounced Sch-av-no Stroy) in Poland.

The track in Szczawno Zdroj is in south west Poland is widely regarded as one of the finest 4X tracks in the world. In the heart of the city, it is the pride of the town, lined by hedgerows and trees. At around 40 seconds long, there is a mix of high and low speed, technical and huge jumps. There is something to suit all the riders and the racing is always amazing. Scott arrived on Wednesday as the team stayed out in Europe after round 1 in Winterberg the previous week. The immaculately prepared track looked perfect.

Scott did some light practice on Wednesday as the weather forecast predicted rain on Thursday. Immediately you could tell this was one of Scott’s favourite tracks. He was flowing well and jumping all the big doubles immediately.

Saturday morning rolled around and the race day schedule began with practice. Knowing just how physical this track is, Scott worked to a plan and restricted his practice to just 40 minutes to save vital energy for the racing.

After practice there was a small break for the riders meeting and then it was time for qualifying. The most exciting but nerve wrecking time in 4X. Riders get just one lap of qualifying. Any mistakes and it is time to head home.

Scott was one of the last riders to qualify. His start was on point and he laid down a great run. Missing a gear change point he may have lost 0.1 or 0.2 seconds but aside from that it was a perfect run. Crossing the finish line it would place Scott 5th.

On to the racing. Scott won his early rounds and looked comfortable out on the track. In the quarter final he again made a great start and won the race start to finish.

In his semi final, Scott took gate 3, Tomas Slavik in 1, Mikulas Nevrka in 2 and Simon Waldburger in 4. and Scott made a great start and led the race on the first straight. Slavik got a good drive though into the first turn and took the lead back. Scott sat in 2nd all the way to the last corner and looked like he was on for a spot in the final but Nevrka got an amazing drive off the last turn and on the drag race Nevrka got the advantage. Annoyed at letting the final slip through his fingers, Scott headed back up the track to contest the small final and race for the final podium position.

 

The gate dropped and Scott got away well. It was tight but he dived inside on the first turn and grabbed the lead. He pulled away through the mid section of the track before making a small mistake on the penultimate straight allowing Waldburger to close in on him. It was another drag race down the last straight but Scott powered to the win and 5th place for the evening.

 

It was straight to the podium for the awards ceremony and then the long drive back home. It is now just 2 weeks until Scott’s home race in Fort William. The team are focused and looking for a great result there.

See you all trackside.

4X ProTour Round 1: Winterberg, Germany

4X ProTour 2018 – Winterberg

Scott Beaumont

Qualifying – 6th

Race – 13th

Round one of the 2018 4X ProTour took place in Winterberg, Germany at the weekend. After a strong winter of training, Scott Beaumont was looking to cement himself in the running for the overall title in Winterberg with a track that really played to his strengths.

Held as part of the Dirt Masters Festival, this event attracts thousands of fans who flock to Winterberg in Germany to watch 4X ProTour, IXS Downhill Cup and the impressive Slopestyle event.

The race had nearly 200 riders entered so practice was busy and the track had a constant flow of riders as everyone got to grips with it. The weather was dry for qualifying making the track super-fast and dusty. The sun was shining and the track was absolutely perfect.

Scott has had some great results here in the past and always rides his track well so we were confident heading into qualifying.

With all the top riders injury free, this year’s 4X ProTour looked set to be one of the best ever. With 10 of the elite men riders all more than capable of taking wins and the overall title, the strength in depth of 4X ProTour is now better than ever. Scott knows that consistency will be the key and was looking for a decent qualifying run to put himself in a good position for racing.

In his qualifying run, visually, Scott looked one of the quickest on course and as he crossed the finish line the time agreed placing Scott in 6th position. Disappointed with the run Scott said:

“I made a great start and rode all the lines well. I was a little conservative on the table tops lower down on the track. It was a good run but to be 0.8 seconds off and all the way down in 6th is disappointing.”

After qualifying, there was a short break and then straight into racing and Scott was ready. The Yeti race bikes were prepped and Scott rode a couple of practice laps to prepare for the racing. Winning his first round of racing Scott was looking good. In his second round Scott made a mistake out of the start and slipped into 2nd around the first turn. He held this position all the way to the finish and transferred into the quarter final.

In the quarter final, Scott made his best gate of the weekend and battled for the lead into turn one. It all got a bit close and Scott was forced wide, slipping back to 3rd. He fought on the second straight and moved himself back into 2nd. Holding the position until the last turn, the rider behind made an amazing pass on Scott. Clean and smart, taking the spot away and unfortunately Scott’s race was over.

After the race, Scott said:

“Well that was a tough day in the office. I felt good and didn’t make any mistakes in the quarter final. Sometimes the other rider simply makes a great pass and there was nothing I could do about it. I’m gutted with 13th, but I only have to wait a week to go again in Poland. I can’t wait”.

As Scott mentioned there, the teams next event is 4X ProTour round 2 in Szczawno Zdroj, Poland this Saturday.

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Schwalbe British 4X Series Round 2 – USN Racing Films

Round 2 of the 2018 Schwalbe British 4X Series was certainly an eventful race for Scott Beaumont. Here is our official film from the race by ‘Behind the tape productions’.

After a big crash in the final, Scott still retains the overall series points lead.

Get the kettle on, sit back and enjoy the highlights:

Schwalbe British 4X Series Round 2: Harthill

After an eventful start to the 2018 season at Chicksands for round 1, USN Racing entered round 2 in Harthill looking for a strong result ahead of the 4X ProTour starting in 3 weeks.

The track at Harthill in Cheshire has always treated Scott well and on this occasion the team were looking forward to a great days racing and some strong results.

With practice beginning at 9.30, Scott was immediately up to speed and looking fast. Scott had already practiced on Saturday morning and felt confident on the track.

In the motos Scott looked dominant in his first 2 races, winning from the outside gates and puling some decent leads. In his third moto, he made an uncharacteristic bad gate and found himself in 3rd through the first 2 corners. It was a good position though as Scott began searching around the track for different passing opportunities should he need them later in the day.

Into the semi final Scott took gate 2. Making a perfect gate, Scott led the race from start to finish which would see him through to the final.

In the final, Scott took gate 1 with former GB Elite BMX rider Grant Hill in 3, Will Evans in 4 and Davi Roberts on gate 2. The gate dropped and Scott was level with Grant down the start hill. Scott pulled a small lead on the first straight but it was close and over the double into turn 1 the 2 riders collided. Staying up right Scott moved into the lead but through turn 1 Grant did not brake and on the exit the 2 riders collided. When Elite 4X riders collide all that horsepower normally explodes and on this occasion it really did. The 2 riders flew through the air and hit the ground hard. Grant seemed ok and continued to finish the race in third but Scott didn’t move for quite a while. The medical team were on the case quickly and thankfully after a few minutes Scott was slowly back on his feet and rolled on his bike down to the finish line to complete the race.

The crash was a pure racing incident as the 2 fastest riders on the day battled hard into turn 1.

The sequence below shows the whole event:

At the finish line, Scott was clearly in pain, but looked towards the positives:
‘Today has been good. I have felt fast on the track and although I did not win, I am excited about how good I felt on the bike. We now have 3 weeks to get ready for round 1 of the 2018 4X ProTour.

The podiums were held immediately after the finals and Scott was happy to be walking and take 4th place.

Some interviews with the media and then it was home and back to training for an intense block of work ahead of the ProTour starting.
 
Thank you to all our partners for the 2018 season. It’s going to be a great year.

Images – Lewis Bradley

Schwalbe British 4X Series Round 1 – Chicksands.

After the long winter break, USN Racing fired back into action with round 1 of the 2018 Schwalbe British 4X Series which was held at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.

After a film shoot with title sponsors USN on Tuesday at the track, team rider Scott Beaumont decided to miss Saturday afternoon’s practice and arrive on Sunday for practice and the race. The relatively smooth and flowing track is fairly simple so after a couple of practice runs on Sunday, Scott was immediately up to speed and looking good.

For the elites, the ‘S’ bend at the top of the track is where all the action takes place. Britain’s fastest riders, all still bunched together head into these turns trying to out brake each other. Sometimes it works and sometimes it all unleashes!

In the motos Scott took a win and two second places which he was fairly happy about. He led races, was passed and crucially made some great passes himself on this tight and technical track.

Into the semi final as the top seed in his race, Scott took gate one on the inside. Making a perfect gate, Scott led the race from start to finish which would in turn seed him through to the final as the top seed giving him the all important first gate pick.

Scott took gate one with former GB Elite BMX rider Grant Hill in two, local hero Connor Hudson in three and Junior National Champion Aaron Dalleywater in four. The gate dropped and Scott was level with Grant down the first and second straight. Into the ‘S’ bend Scott was on the outside and in position for a big move around the outside. Then Connor dived inside of both Grant and Scott. He lost the front wheel and crashed. Grant then went down in the domino effect and Scott with a quick decision jumped over Grant’s bike! Arron in the meantime picked a nice line around the inside of the carnage and went into the lead. About 10 bike lengths behind, Scott got going again. Riding the bottom part of the track like a freight train, Scott was impressive in closing the gap to just a bike length across the finish. He ran out of track to take the win, but Scott was happy with the day.

‘Today has been great. It’s been a long winter and now with just 8 weeks to go until the first 4X ProTour it is good to get racing again. Although I didn’t take the win today, there are a lot of positives to take away. My track speed was really good, and it has been a good start to the year. Congratulations to Aaron for taking his first win. It was awesome to see so many riders racing 4X in the UK.’ Said Scott at the finish line.

It is now back to training for an intense block of work ahead of the ProTour starting.

Thank you to all our partners for the 2018 season. It’s going to be a great year.