Great Britain’s Scott Beaumont reached the quarter finals of the Mountain World Championships 4X in Leogang.
Beaumont qualified ninth in the previous day’s qualification session on a heavy track that made many of the jumps impossible to negotiate. A day later the track had dried somewhat but grip was still limited in places.
Beaumont came second in the 1/8 final, cruising comfortably into the quarters. However, the Great Britain rider had a tough draw in his quarter final heat, against top qualifier David Graf of Switzerland and Lukas Mechura, one part of an all conquering squad from the Czech Republic.
From the gate Graf and Mechura took a flyer and Beaumont slotted into third. However on the first turn German Gohler tried to high-low the turn and baulked the Briton, causing Beaumont to lose momentum that he would struggle to regain throughout the race.
Beaumont eventually finished third in his heat and exited the competition, with Graf and Mechura progressing to the semi finals. Graf eventually progressed to the final but was taken out on the first turn by Czech rider Slavik, leaving Roger Rinderknecht of Switzerland and Lukas Mechura's elder brother Michael to fight it out for the world title, with the Swiss rider powering smoothly away to victory. Graf trailed in to take fourth.
Great Britain's Katie Curd qualified 11th in the previous day's timed session and failed to make the knockout competition.
Men’s Elite 4X Quarter Final
1. D Graf (SUI)
2. L Mechura (CZE)
3. S Beaumont (GBR)
4. A Gohler (GER)