DAN Atherton and Marc Beaumont clinched a one-two for GT Factory Racing in the recent 2012 Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge in Cikole, West Java.
Both riders triumphed in horrendous conditions after a intense rainstorm disrupted practice and left the track extraordinarily slick. And the race day brought more hard rain, which continued throughout the event.
The two local riders were overwhelmed by the reception they received on arrival. Beaumont said I’m so glad that we got the chance to visit Indonesia, I’ve been blown away by how intense and enthusiastic the fans are over here, they are so knowledgeable about our sport.”
Both riders admitted that the extreme conditions left them dreading the race run but their wealth of race experience and well-known technical skills stood them in good stead.
Marc said: “The race couldn’t have gone better really – I had a few small goggle issues and a few small mistakes but those were to be expected given the conditions. I’m so pumped that GT Factory racing came away with the 1- 2.”
The win for Atherton, pictured, represents his first downhill podium since his neck injury in 2010, which will be very pleasing for his supporters. The riders will now travel to Bali for a few days rest before returning to Atherton HQ and the rest of their winter training.