The 2018 4X ProTour began in Winterberg, Germany last weekend. Here is the team diary from the event:
4X ProTour 2018 – Winterberg
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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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.
Happy New Year! I hope you have had a great winter so far. 2018 is here and we are preparing for a great season ahead.
With new partners, new races and some great media plans in place, we can’t wait to get started.
Full press release on our plans is coming very soon.