7:30am – The first test is underway. Caselli, Brown and Blythe all top ten in E1 Class. Robert and Abbott are just outside the top ten in E2, Weigand is still struggling. E3- Woods is 3rd in class for first test, much better start, but I don’t see Buttrick in the scoring. He crashed yesterday and was injured but finished the day. Hoess is 4th in C1, but former junior champ Christobal Guerrero is killing the class, over a minute faster than second place! In C2 Delong, Palmer and Schafer are in the top 5. There are a bunch of strong US riders in C2.
In the overall, Aubert is still way out in front.
2:45 Looks like things are staying pretty much the same today the Americans, through 9 tests,
E1- 4th Casselli, 5th Brown, 10th Blythe, Kurt was 1 second out of the win for test #9, but that is just how close the times are.
E2- 9th Robert, 10th Abbott, 17th Jarrett, 18th Fahringer, 22nd Weigand. Jimmy had a couple of strong tests today to climb up the board.
E3- 9th Woods
Womens – times not posted yet, but it looks like there may have been some shake up in the class today, so far looks like Mandy is very consistent, Nichole has been up and down and Kerrie Swartz has lost some route points.
After day 2 the US trophy team is in 4th and the Junior team is in 5th and the Women are in third
Looks like the tests are pretty short, under 5 minutes. That means all the times are pretty close, only seconds apart, so there is very little room for error.
Nichole Bradford’s Day Two Report:
Done with Day 2. Had pretty good test scores. Crashed at the Pepsi test on the 2nd time and smacked my knee good and tweeked my bark buster which made my throttle stick. I finished test with a decent score then fix throttle. Did a front and rear tire and had trouble on the front and was 2 minutes late but I have 2 fresh tires!
We are now in 3rd because one German girl Nina crashed and broke her thumb. Hate to see anyone go out hurt. We are only 30 seconds behind Sweeden even with my 2 minute time penalty so we can surely move up. Kerrie is struggling a bit but still pushing so proud of her. The FRENCH are fast! UGH!
Today Lu Lu Puy got stuck in a mud hole on a special test, got her bike out faster then most men that were stuck in there and still beat several girls. Seriously fast! They say the next 2 days get harder. I am just trying to keep from getting bit by a stray dog, hit a random cow, kicked by a loose horse and smashed by all the trucks piled with 10 Mexicans. What an adventure! Wish you were all here!
From Destry Abbott – Day 2 went better then the first one. I kept it on two wheels this time and moved up to 11th in class There’s a lot of fast guys around me, so I just need to keep plugging away! The next two days are on a new course, but I hear it’s going to be pretty tough (I thought the first two days were tough:). Time to rest up!
From Shawn Strong on Day 2: Just finished day 2! talk about brutal! I had a little trouble in the pits and was only able to change one tire so i will have to change my rear tomorrow morning during my 10 min work period. good night!
And From Jeff Fredette – day 2 over and for the most part team usa is doing great. for myself the day went well and i think i moved up in the class. day 3-4 are the be the real test as it is to be mostly all offroad with alot of good climbs and lots of rocks. the weather has changed and it is not to rain for the rest of the week. that is a great thing as the ground gets very slippery when wet! Thanks for all the support from home!!
Finally, from Mandi Mastin:
Today went much better then Day 1. Only crashed once in 1 test and all the other test pretty much went good. I personal finished 4th overall in the class, which was much than yesterday. With the problems yesterday, I still have some time to make up, but it is a long week and today was a good start! The USA Women’s Team moved up to 3rd place today and we are only 3 seconds out of 2nd place behind Sweden, French are out in front. The trophy team is still in 4th place while the Jr. Team is in 5th place.