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Cairns – Day 3: Seeding & Timed Practice

The sun was sun out and the track dry, this is a  theme that we would like to continue!

The sun was sun out and the track dry, this is a theme that we would like to continue!

Today the action wound up a notch with seeding runs for the juniors and timed practice for the elite riders, our first chance to get some idea of everyone’s speed… Of course some riders crashed, some took it easy, etc, etc. but overall it was a good indication. In the junior women it was Shania Rawson from across the ditch, in New Zealand, who seeded fastest, with the fastest Australian, Ellie Smith in 4th. For the junior men Finn Iles showed his world cup experience seeding first, there were plenty of Aussies snapping at his heels – Josh Clarke was in 2nd, Harry Parsons in 4th and the rest of the team not far behind!

The Aussie juniors showed they are real contenders come Sunday.

The Aussie juniors showed they are real contenders come Sunday.

Welcome to Australia!

Welcome to Australia!

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Booosting!

Booosting!

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Following juniors we had the elite classes and even today the crowds were cheering every opportunity they got! In the women Tahnee Seagrave went fastest, local legend Tracey Hannah easily cruised into 3rd – the crowd loving every second of it!

Tracey Hannah boosting her way to 3rd!

Tracey Hannah boosting her way to 3rd!

Throwing over to the men’s and it was a family affair with the fastest Aussie (and man in general) Mic Hannah! Loic Bruni came in second with Shark Attack Jack (Moir) in 3rd! A close field from number 1 onwards means we are in for a good day come finals!

Mic Hannah went fastest in timed practice, he hasn't looked fazed all week!

Mic Hannah went fastest in timed practice, he hasn’t looked fazed all week!

Loic Bruni in 2nd place - his first world cup win was here last year so he likes the track!

Loic Bruni in 2nd place – his first world cup win was here last year so he likes the track!

Jack Moir was only one of a handful riders who were sending this gap in the chute at the bottom - into 3rd for his troubles!

Jack Moir was only one of a handful riders who were sending this gap in the chute at the bottom – into 3rd for his troubles!

Danny Hart tucking on his was to 25th.

Danny Hart tucking on his was to 25th.

Sam Hill was again showing some great speed despite his apparent disadvantage riding his trail bike (if you listen to the expert commentators on the internet!)

Sam Hill was again showing some great speed despite his apparent disadvantage riding his trail bike (if you listen to the expert commentators on the internet!)

Sam Blenkinsop showing off his custom Norco!

Sam Blenkinsop showing off his custom Norco!

Greg Minnaar - always a threat!

Greg Minnaar – always a threat!

Shelly Flood - art from Jason Stevens!

Shelly Flood – art from Jason Stevens!

Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas on the gas!

Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas on the gas!

More to come...

More to come…

We do it all again tomorrow with another day of practice before racing!

Thanks to @matt_rousu_photography for supplying some of his images, be sure to check out his Instagram and show some love and as always, thanks to Jason Stevens Photography give him a follow on Instagram and Facebook

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