An important win for Brazil, that hopefully starts the healing process, after their loss of Pastrana.
Brazil, in their first major international competition in 2019, has shown the world who is the real powerhouse in Downhill racing.
Day 3 of the World Roller Games was all about Brazil flexing. Vitória Mallmann and Melissa Brogni Da Luz were 2nd and 4th respectively in the women's standup time trial. Tiago and Dalua 7th and 8th in the stand up time trial with impressive starts that will make them favourites for the finals. The day belonged to the Brazilian luge team who did not slow down for anyone. Cerri Machado 1st and Walter Ribeiro 3rd.
The luge final was all about Farmer versus Machado. They started at opposing ends of the draw. The immoveable object versus the unstoppable force. They were both destined to meet head on in the final. Ryan Farmer is the number one US luger and 2017 World Cup Champion, he won all his races up to the final with impressive form. Knocking out big names along the way; Stephenson in round 1, Kolby Parks (2018 World Cup Champion) in the quarters, Graham Brittain in the semis. Cerri's path to the finals was not a cake walk, he knocked out multi World Cup Champion Abdil Mahdzan in the semis.
What made the Luge racing this weekend so special was the quality and quantity of competitors. We have not seen a world class draw like this in many years. So it really was a World Championship event. The winner of the luge can really call themselves the best in the world in 2019, and that was Cerri Machado.
It came down to the final and two names: Cerri (BRA) and Ryan (USA). Both undefeated through out the event. It was won on the start line. Watch the footage from Ryan Farmers GoPro and you can clearly see Cerri Machado wins the start, and gets so far out in the lead Ryan Farmer has no alternatively but to run clean and finish second. Without a close start, Ryan was unable to draft, and make any passing moves.
1st Cerri Machado (BRA)
2nd Ryan Farmer (USA)
3rd Walter Ribeiro (BRA)
4th Mikel Echegaray (ESP)
Mikel Echegaray, racing in front of a home crowd, had an impressive day. There is always an advantage for the racer who gets to compete at home, and Mikel took full advantage. He stalked through the draw, winning, and coming a close second to Farmer in the semis. It could have been his day, but home ground advantage only gets you so far!
His racing was courageous, side by side with Walter in the final for 3rd and 4th, was super exciting to watch.
Grits vs Abdil: the battle continues!
Graham Brittain and Abdil Mahdzan continue their fierce rivalry. Every year Abdil turns up at Newtons on Mount Panorama expecting a shoulder rubbing stoush with Aussie legend Graham "Grits" Brittain. The rivalry continued at the World Roller Games with the pair facing down in the Consolation Finals. Abdil getting the better of Grits, he won the consolation final with Grits coming second. That made Grits 6th overall at the toughest luge race series in the modern era (can we call it that?). A huge accomplishment, after being semi retired for many years. Hopefully we can see both racing against each other next year at Newtons, and Grits can get his revenge!!
Oh yeah, there was a bit of Downhill Skateboarding
Time trials were on WRG Day Three for Downhill Skateboarding.
The conditions where tough for time trialing, the wind played a major factor. Jackson Shapiera summed up most racers day on Instagram "Winds had slowed down the track and sent times all over the place."
If you want to see an awesome wrap up of Day Three for Downhill Skateboarding at the World Roller Games check out Max Capps Instagram Story (@daggers_rule). If we get permission we'll try to upload some of those videos so we can embed them.
The time trial was a medal event. Local hero Óscar Rodríguez has been proclaimed world champion, after beating the French Makarian Yanis and Canadian Dane Hanna.
1st Óscar Rodríguez (ESP)
2nd Makarian Yanis (FRA)
3rd Dane Hanna (CAN)
Watching the Instagram videos, it was clear that having a big push will be key to doing well on this track. It might be the major factor in finals racing tomorrow.
The big start pushing from Dalua, Hanna, Hiller, Clarke, Thompson, Hampshire are all going to be fighting it out for that all important lead off the start line. It might come down to who has enough gas in the tank. The Brazilians might be saving it all for finals day, Dane mentioned on Instagram that his push out leg is tired, so who can recover quickest? Or who has been saving their push for the finals? The Brazilian team are always thinking, one step ahead, have they planned to put it all on the line for the finals and glory? Have the other countries been tiring themselves out on the meaningless lead up racing? All that counts is the finals. The Spanish media have crowned Oscar their local World Champion today but the real winner will be the person on top of the racing podium tomorrow.
Finals racing will be live broadcast. It will be on Rollergames.tv. The schedule is on that website, it will be adjusted for your timezone based on your country.
This should be the live link for finals racing