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MTB World Cup DH-4X #5 - CDM

Balneario Camborio, Brazil, July 1-2, 2006

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Race 3 - July 2: Men's downhill

Lehikoinen takes Brazil World Cup

Matti Lehikoinen of Team G-Cross Honda won his first ever World Cup Downhill race in Brazil on Sunday. The thrilling race at Camboriu Beach in Brazil, on a spectacular 1.4km course in the tropical jungle proved to be ideal for Lehikoinen, and very unlucky for his team mate Greg Minnaar, who punctured while on track for a top result. Lehikoinen, who has never been on a World Cup podium, despite many near misses, took to the top step and sang the words of his national anthem in front of a huge and enthusiastic Brazilian crowd.

"I really can't believe this, it's like a dream," Lehikoinen said after the race. "I had a great run, I really lifted my speed, and I thought I'd done enough to get on the podium. I honestly didn't imagine this, I am so stoked. This is my 31st World Cup and I have been trying for so long. I'm not slow, I know I can do this, and today it all just came together. It's an amazing feeling and I'm very happy for my team, my mechanic Mark, and the whole Honda Racing crew. To win in Brazil is perfect, it's the next best thing to a home win because the people here are so supportive, that's why I took the Brazilian flag to the podium, to say thanks for all the support."

Steve Peat (Santa Cruz Syndicate) came second, just .09 of a second behind. The result, combined with a disappointing result by Greg Minaar (Team G-Cross Honda), was enough to stretch Peat's lead in the World Cup series to 178 points.

Results

Pro Men Downhill
 
1 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin)          250 pts
2 Steve Peat (GBr)                200
3 Michael Hannah (Aus)            160
4 Gee Atherton (GBr)              150
5 Marc Beaumont (GBr)             140
6 Markolf Berchtold (Bra)         130
7 Bryn Atkinson (Aus)             120
8 C?ric Gracia (Fra)              110
9 Julien Camellini (Fra)          100
10 Andrew Neethling (RSA)          95
11 Figueroa Antonio Leiva (Chi)    90
12 Samuel Hill (Aus)               85
13 Filip Polc (Svk)                80
14 Mickael Pascal (Fra)            78
15 Chris Kovarik (Aus)             76
16 Damien Mermoud (Swi)            74
17 Nathan Rennie (Aus)             72
18 Dan Atherton (GBr)              70
19 Oscar Saiz Castane (Spa)        68
20 Jared Graves (Aus)              66
20 Justin Leov (NZl)               66
22 Claudio Caluori (Swi)           62
23 Greg Minnaar (RSA)              60
24 Dave Wardell (GBr)              58
25 Neil Donoghue (GBr)             56
26 Duncan Riffle (USA)             54
27 Nathaniel Giacomozzi (Bra)      52
28 Cyrille Kurtz (Fra)             50
29 Ivan Oulego (Spa)               48
30 Felipe Wermuth (Bra)            46
31 Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl)         44
32 Kieran Bennett (NZl)            42
33 Michal Marosi (Cze)             40
34 Djone Fornari (Bra)             38
35 Mathieu Troquier (Fra)          36
36 Lars Peyer (Swi)                34
37 Cristian Soto (Chi)             32
38 Doron Cattoni (Bra)             30
39 Brendan Fairclough (GBr)        29
40 Volkmar Berchtold (Bra)         28
41 Santiago De Santiago (Arg)      27
42 Charles Georges (Fra)           26
43 Anderson Furlanetto (Bra)       25
44 Tim Mackersy (NZl)              24
45 Jyunya Nagata (Jpn)             23
46 Felipe Vasquez (Chi)            22
47 Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)          21
48 Dino Cecchi (Per)               20
49 Cristian Araya (Chi)            19
49 Cristian Valdiezo (Ecu)         19
51 Emanuel Riva (Arg)              17
52 Jose Escudero (Ecu)             16
53 Leonardo Griebler (Bra)         15
54 Javier Paladino (Arg)           14
55 Zac Williams (NZl)              13
56 Marion Wiese (Bra)              12
57 Robert Sgarbi (Bra)             11
58 Cristian Roth (Chi)             10
59 Leofacio Baptista (Bra)          9
60 Martin Raffo (Arg)               8
61 Bascunan Pablo (Chi)             3
62 Luiz Linhares (Bra)              3
63 Daniel Cingolani (Arg)           3
64 Marcio Ravelli (Bra)             3
65 Diogo Teixeira (Bra)             3
66 Gonzalo Rodriguez (Arg)          3
67 Mario Bacic (Bra)                3
68 Ivan Ortiz (Ecu)                 3
69 Andres Sotomayor (Ecu)           3
70 Oscar Pelegrina (Arg)            3
71 Marcos Marra (Bra)               3
72 Felipe Contreras (Chi)           3
73 Ruben Garcia (Spa)               3
74 Christofer Schutze (Bra)         3
75 Bruno Spader (Bra)               3
76 Wallace Miranda (Bra)            3
77 Pablo Maldonado (Chi)            3
78 Alejandro Ruiz (Arg)             3
79 Ricardo Beccard (Bra)            3
81 Felipe Bortoletti (Bra)          3
82 Guilherme Bisarria (Bra)         3
83 Yannick Wende (Bol)              3
84 Gustavo Amorim (Bra)             3
85 Pedro Bauer (Bra)                3
85 Franco Gelada (Arg)              3
87 John Hauer (USA)                 3
88 Frederico Bortoletti (Bra)       3
89 Joao Ludolf (Bra)                3
90 Guillermo Garcia (Arg)           3
91 Patricio Pereira (Ecu)           3
92 Lucas Ludolf (Bra)               3
93 Felipe Rios (Per)                3
94 Edgar Guimaraes (Bra)            3
95 Mario Jarrin (Ecu)               3
96 Lanuce Santos (Bra)              3
97 Pablo Gaso (Arg)                 3
98 Thiago Velardi (Bra)             3
99 Marcelo Antunes (Bra)            3
100 Bruno Delina (Bra)              3
101 Marcos Odorozzi (Bra)           3
102 Gonzalo Serenelli (Arg)         3
103 Vega Palomares (Arg)            3
104 Jorge Monzon (Chi)              3
105 Gustavo Fernandes (Bra)         3
106 Gonzalo Irusta (Arg)            3
107 Leonardo Garcia (Arg)           3
108 David Moraes (Bra)              3
109 Dominguez Santiago (Ecu)        3
110 Manuel Bulacio (Arg)            3
111 Souza Cruz (Bra)                3
112 Juan Vintimilla (Ecu)           3
DNF  Maurizio Acuna (Chi)            
DNF  Thiago Boaretto (Bra)           
DNF  Michel Sombrio (Bra)            
DNS  Jhonattan Caetano (Bra)         
DNS  Theo De Duarte (Bra)            
DNS  Juliane Zen (Bra)               
 
World Cup Overall Standings
 
1 Steve Peat, Santa Cruz Syndicate             898 pts
2 Greg Minnaar, Team G Cross Honda             720
3 Sam Hill, Iron Horse Mad Catz                696
4 Gee Atherton, Team Animal/Giant              653
5 Mick Hannah, Cannondale The Cut              603
6 Nathan Rennie, Santa Cruz Syndicate          599
7 Cedric Gracia, Team Commencal                589
8 Marc Beaumont, Team MBUK Santa Cruz          586
9 Matti Lehikoinen, Team G Cross Honda         559
10 Chris Kovarik, MS Intense Factory Racing    543
 
Team Standings
 
1 Team G Cross Honda                           257 pts
2 Team Animal Giant                            193
3 Team MBUK Santa Cruz                         160