The latest round of the US National Series visited the new venue of Sugarbush Resort in Vermont on the US East Coast, where the sun shone and the track was dry and fast. The event saw Trek World Racing’s Justin Leov setting the pace, as well as Neko Mulally making his return to racing after suffering a fractured ankle, which X-rays have confirmed is fully recovered.
In Saturday qualifying Justin was fastest aboard his Session 9.9 with Neko close behind in second. Justin did 3m 32.31secs and Neko 3m 33.96secs. The weather was again perfect for Sunday’s race with blue skies and a dry track. The course was really fast up top with typical Vermont style sections and some good woods sections that could catch a rider out if not paying attention. Just took nearly eight seconds off his qualifier to win with 3min 24secs, with Mitch Ropelato (USA) in second and Neko finishing third, four seconds ahead of his qualifying time.
Justin said: “My goal for the weekend was to work on my speed for Mont-Sainte-Anne next weekend. I was pretty disappointed after the European World Cups so I was motivated to really work on getting my speed up. I was happy with both my quali and race runs this weekend, both felt fast and definitely in the right direction for the racing coming up in the next few weeks. It was also great to have Neko back racing this weekend, good to see him back on the bike and also riding well. Good prep for him leading into MSA.”
Neko said: “My goal this weekend was to get comfortable on my bike again and build up speed for next weekend. My ankle is feeling pretty good and I’m glad to be back racing.”
The guys drive north to Quebec this week and join the rest of the Trek World Racing crew for the all important Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup Round 4.