Red Bull Hardline 2022
JACKSON GOLDSTONE CLAIMS VICTORY IN FIRST APPEARANCE AT WORLD’S TOUGHEST DOWNHILL EVENT
Jackson Goldstone wrote history this weekend at Red Bull Hardline, as he claimed victory on his debut appearance, riding the event’s toughest course yet. With an incredible final run of 2:20.525, the 18 year old Junior World Champ took the title ahead of Joe Smith in second and Taylor Vernon in third.
On what is considered by many riders as the world’s toughest downhill mountain bike course, Jackson flew down the track, nailing each feature with expert precision and poise while flying through the air across gnarly jumps and drops.
Talking about his win, Jackson Goldstone said: “That was incredible – I can’t believe how today went. Definitely, luck was on my side and it’s not the way I wanted to win with a couple of the big dogs crashing out, especially Bernand Kerr who was riding on another level, but I’m still stoked with that run and had such a fun time here.
“I was able to add more speed from yesterday’s qualifying – with more time on the track everyone was getting quicker and I could give it a perfect run doing everything I could.
“I’ll definitely be doing this race from now until forever time”.
Due to strong winds, Sunday’s race was brought forward by one hour to protect riders safety as windy conditions moved in across the Dyfi Valley just as riders prepared to hit the new 90ft jumps.
Nineteen brave riders made it safely through practice and qualifying this week, lining up to descend the new Red Bull Hardline course on Sunday. It was Bernard Kerr who was last man down as he took top spot in Saturday’s qualifying after recovering from a heavy crash in practice.
Racing was hard and fast from the start, with early benchmark times laid down by Joe Smith and Taylor Vernon before Jackson Goldstone put in a seriously impressive run to put the pressure on Bernard Kerr. It wasn’t to be for the reigning three time Red Bull Hardline winner as Bernard hit the deck early in his run, handing the victory to Jackson.
As the first person to debut at Hardline and take the win, the 18 year old Canadian has been setting the pace all week. Jackson was the first to put a full run together in practice and seemed to be at one with the course. Despite testing conditions and inexperience on new lines, he put his skills on show and walked away with the win.
Crowd favourite undeniably goes to Gee Atherton, making his comeback from life-threatening injuries to race today: “Red Bull Hardline gave me the motivation I needed to accelerate my recovery and boosted my determination to get back between the tape. From not knowing if I was going to ride this year at all, to being back on the track here at Red Bull Hardline – I couldn’t be any happier”.
FULL RESULTS AND TIMINGS BELOW:
Red Bull Hardline was broadcast live globally on Red Bull TV. where viewers can watch back all of the action from the world’s toughest downhill mountain bike race.
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