But nothing was easy, as they’d be up against some of the best riders in the entire World. In the big show, it was Australia’s Kahlon Young scoring the win, but hot on his heels was the blazing orange of the Netherland’s DeWilde. Damien Godet and his Flight bike fought to hold on to the fifth place position.
“I had a good gate,” said Affro-Bob. “I felt like I had a chance to win but went a tick too low over the first jump and lost a bit of speed. I had a good battle going on with Cristian Bercerine, all around the track, and managed to hold him off for the silver.”
The best news is that with this finish, DeWilde is now pre-qualified for the Olympics. “I’m half way there,” DeWilde told us, undoubtedly with a big ol’ smile on his face.
Here are the final results:
1st Khalen Young Australia
2nd Robert DeWIlde The Netherlands
3rd Cristian Bercerine Argentina
4th Donny Robinson USA
5th Damien Godet France
6th Mike Day USA
7th Derek Betcher USA
8th Roger Rinderknecht Switzerland
“All of the races were very close, including the time trials,” says Damien Godet. “The level was high, with riders from everywhere. Just two or three top riders were missing! I had good feelings on the track and loved those BIG jumps. Now I am more confident, for going in to Belgium for the first and second rounds of the European Champ series.”