Matej Charvat is back in saddle after his ankle injury which means that whole Banshee bikes factory team was ready to line-up for the first IXS cup of 2015 season. Also for the first time in 2015 the team was racing on brand new proto 650b Bashee Legends and they were working awesome on very technical track at Kranjska Gora. IXS cup racing format undergoes some serious changes compared to last year, definitely the main change was introduction of qualifying where racers had to fight for a place in the “Super Final”. Matej Charvat and Lewis Buchanan made it through qualy with relative ease. Unfortunately Stanislav Sehnal, after great 5th place on split, had a mechanical in the late stage of his qualy run and ended up deep in the field.
On the raceday Stanislav had to race only the “small final”, where he took 5th place. Unlike Stanley Matej and Lewis both had their place in Sunday “super final”. Matej Charvat felt a bit strange whole weekend after a long time off the bike due to an injury, but at the end of the day he had a steady run in the finals and scored very solid 15th place. Lewis Buchanan put together fairly good run and finished 8th only 3sec off the podium. It’s great to see Lewis getting his confidence back, especially before his home World Cup at Fort Bill in three weeks time. Actually whole Banshee bikes factory team already can’t wait to cross the channel and race the second World Cup.
Complete results: http://www.ixsdownhillcup.com/media/4611.pdf