Austria's Marco Dallago upset defending champion Cameron Naasz of the United States with a picture-perfect run down the 340-meter long ice track in Friday's Shootout time trial ahead of Saturday's first Red Bull Crashed Ice race of the 2017/18 season. Dallago, the 2014 Ice Cross World Champion, stopped the clock in 30:00 seconds while Naasz, who won the title in 2016 and 2017, was just behind in 30:08 seconds. It was the first time since early in the 2015/16 season that Naasz was unable to post the fastest qualifying time for a Red Bull Crashed Ice race. He won the last three Shootouts of 2015/16 and all four in the 2016/17 season.
Under sunny skies and warming temperatures that made the ice soft in some spots on the second of two runs, France's Pacome Schmitt took third place ahead of Luca Dallago in fourth place as the world's best Ice Cross Downhill races battled for top spots in the qualifying competition for Saturday's race. The top 32 qualified automatically while those who finished between 33rd and 80th will get another opportunity to earn a spot in the 64-man final on Saturday in Friday evening's Last-Chance Qualifier.
"Obviously I wanted to win that Shootout – I haven't lost a qualifying in a long time but I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later," said Naasz, who rued a small stumble in his first run that cost him nearly a second. "I didn't do what I wanted to do in my first run when the ice as a lot faster, before the sun came out and slowed it down. I wish I wouldn't have made that error in the first run but I feel good on the track and am confident going into the race tomorrow."
Dallago, who finished second in Saint Paul last year, said his strategy was to ride deliberately slowly in the half dozen training runs on Thursday evening as well as on Friday morning to gradually get a feel for the newly designed track. "The time trial was the first run when I felt really comfortable," he said. "It all came together and I hit everything really nice. I'm really stoked because I haven't won a time trial in about two years."
In the women's Shootout with a field of 22 racers, Amanda Trunzo of the United States (34.97 seconds) was nearly a full second faster than defending champion Jacqueline Legere of Canada (35.85 seconds) while Canada's Myriam Trepanier was third and Veronika Windisch (Austria) took fourth place.
Minnesotan Amanda Trunzo got off to a flying start in her home state on Friday morning. Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool.
In the Juniors, Mirko Lahti got his title defence off to a solid start by posting the fastest time of 30.81.
1. DALLAGO Marco AUT - 30.00 seconds
2. NAASZ Cameron USA - 30.08
3. SCHMITT Pacome FRA - 30.53
4. DALLAGO Luca AUT - 30.57
5. LAHTI Mirko FIN - 30.59
6. CROXALL Scott CAN - 30.77
7. DUNNE Maxwell USA - 30.88
8. JUOLA Markus FIN - 30.91
9. IULIANELLO Michael USA - 30.91
10. MERZ Patrik SUI - 30.92
1. TRUNZO Amanda USA - 34.97 seconds
2. LEGERE Jacqueline CAN - 35.85
3. TREPANIER Myriam CAN - 36.06
4. WINDISCH Veronika AUT - 36.61
5. MORAND Anais SUI - 37.26
6. PLANTE Maxie CAN - 37.67
7. KAJAH Tamara CAN - 38.67
8. MICHAELSON Michaela USA - 39.15
9. TOPOLNISKY Elaine CAN - 39.19
10. 10 YAMAMOTO Junko JPN - 39.51
1. LAHTI Mirko FIN - 30.81
2. VELASQUEZ Richie "Jo Jo" USA - 32.65
3. SAUREN Jesse FIN - 32.93
4. SAARINEN Joni FIN - 33.17
5. MIAUTON Eric SUI - 33.51
6. CARVALHEIRO Filipe SUI - 33.98
7. KORZESTANSKI Lukasz POL - 34.25
8. MCLEAN Cody USA - 35.43
9. NORQVIST Oliver SWE - 35.52
10. DIAMOND-BURCHUK Skyler CAN - 35.75
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