Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Americans dig in for Thursday wins at start of 2020 Crankworx series.
American duo Kyle Strait and Jill Kintner dug in on the new 100% Dual Slalom Rotorua track to win at the first 2020 Crankworx stop. Here is all you need to know:
– After Kiwi Samuel Blenkinsop and Kintner triumphed in Wednesday’s Rotorua Air DH to launch Crankworx 2020, attention turned to Thursday’s 100% Dual Slalom.
– Strait, who finished sixth on Wednesday, stayed the course after a wild night of head-to-head racing that saw chains snap, riders go OTB and gates get missed.
– Two-time Red Bull Rampage champion Strait beat Bas van Steenbergen in the final clash to push him to the top of the overall leaderboard ahead of the Canadian racer.
– Strait, 32, revealed: “I kept making huge mistakes, but I kept being able to make it through each round just by the tiniest amount. The new track is awesome. It’s probably one of the best on the circuit right now.”
– Three-time Queen of Crankworx Kintner took a break last year to race Enduro, but stormed straight back into contention by defeating Canadian Casey Brown.
– Kintner, 38, said: “You can’t come in too fast. You just have to be really patient and look for the next gate. I don’t feel like I have the same amount of pressure, and I’m kind of relaxed and just enjoying it for this year.”