Greg’s Lucky Number 7 at Ft. William turned into lucky seven for the whole team at Leogang, with all three riders finishing in the top 7!
After a significant downpour Friday night, Saturday dawned clear and pleasant for qualifications, and for the first time this season, the good weather held throughout qualis and finals, giving all the riders a clear shot at one of the fastest tracks on the circuit. Aaron Gwin threw down a high bar in qualifying, with Greg slotting into the number-two spot a couple seconds back, Loris in fifth, and Luca sneaking into the top ten just 15 hundredths of a second ahead of Connor Fearon.
Race times through the top-25 were typically tight for Leogang, with spots 5-25 spanning just a few seconds. Loris was the first to best Gwin's qualifying time, putting over three seconds into Bernard Kerr's standout run. Greg finished just 1.2 seconds down on Loris' time, and the Syndicate was sitting 1-2 when Mr. Leogang left the gate, topping his own quali time by three seconds to take the win.
Three riders in the top 10 for both qualis and finals put The Syndicate firmly atop the team rankings, and Greg’s third-place finish means he keeps the #1 plate when the World Cup returns to the steep, rough slopes of Vallnord, Andorra. After a weather-affected start to the year, all three Syndicate riders are now protected, making Saturdays a bit less stressful, and putting all three within striking distance of the overall.