May 1/12 9:43 am - Steve Smith Wins Port Angeles U.S. GP
Posted by Editoress on 05/1/12
Devinci Global Racing’s Steve Smith has ridden to his first win of the 2012 season at Round #1 of the US Grand Prix, solidifying his first place qualifier.
Final men's podium: Photo by Colin Meagher
“This great result comes at a great time; less than a month before we head to Europe for the next World Cup event. This is the first reward for all the work Steve put in this off season and is a great confidence booster, I am fired up," Gabe Fox, Team Manager
The opening round of the US Grand Prix drew an impressive International field due to it close scheduling to the Sea Otter Classic, held the previous weekend in California. With the two-month break between rounds of the World Cup, the event lived up to all expectations. Saturday’s qualifier saw the top ten of the World Cup worthy field cram into six seconds, with Steve qualifying first ahead of Josh Bryceland of the UK.
Race day saw riders exchange places until sixth place qualifier and 2011 World Cup Overall winner Aaron Gwinn set the first podium worthy time. He remained in the hot seat until the last rider of the day - Stevie - crossed the line besting his time by close to two seconds.
“The track was amazing, the dirt was insanely grippy and you couldn’t go too fast. The Wilson felt like it was on rails; it was great to get a win. I was a little nervous after qualifying first, but happy to back it up,” Steve Smith.
Report courtesy Devinci Global Racing