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Graves rides to win on well-liked course

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Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) on his way to victory

Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) on his way to victory (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Randall Huntington in one of the heats

Randall Huntington in one of the heats (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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World Champion Rafael Alvarez de Lara Lucas (Specialized Factory Racing) in second place

World Champion Rafael Alvarez de Lara Lucas (Specialized Factory Racing) in second place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Scott Beaumont (Rocky Mountain UK) in the air

Scott Beaumont (Rocky Mountain UK) in the air (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Joost Wichman leads a heat.

Joost Wichman leads a heat. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Johannes Fishback (Ghost ATG) about to launch

Johannes Fishback (Ghost ATG) about to launch (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Roger Rinderknecht (GT) was fastest over the rocks.

Roger Rinderknecht (GT) was fastest over the rocks. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lukas Mechura (Chain Reaction/Intense) soars in the air.

Lukas Mechura (Chain Reaction/Intense) soars in the air. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Joost Wichman leads Dan Atherton (Animal Commencal)

Joost Wichman leads Dan Atherton (Animal Commencal) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A Yeti racer flies over the wooden bridge.

A Yeti racer flies over the wooden bridge. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Rafael Alvarez de Lara Lucas (Specialized Factory Racing) flies.

Rafael Alvarez de Lara Lucas (Specialized Factory Racing) flies. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Rafael Alvarez de Lara Lucas (Specialized Factory Racing) is happy with second place finish.

Rafael Alvarez de Lara Lucas (Specialized Factory Racing) is happy with second place finish. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Roger Rinderknecht (GT) takes fourth place.

Roger Rinderknecht (GT) takes fourth place. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) wins the race and the World Cup series, with two rounds remaining.

Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) wins the race and the World Cup series, with two rounds remaining. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jared Graves took his fourth World Cup victory of the year

Jared Graves took his fourth World Cup victory of the year (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Dan Atherton and Scott Beaumont

Dan Atherton and Scott Beaumont (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Johannes Fischbach and Joost Wichman

Johannes Fischbach and Joost Wichman (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Joost Wichman

Joost Wichman (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Rinderknecht continues to hold second in the overall standings

Rinderknecht continues to hold second in the overall standings (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Roger Rinderknecht, Kieran Mcavoy and Tomas Slavik in 1/8

Roger Rinderknecht, Kieran Mcavoy and Tomas Slavik in 1/8 (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Jared Graves, Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas, Michal Prokop

Jared Graves, Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas, Michal Prokop (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Jared Graves and Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas

Jared Graves and Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Men's podium: Roger Rinderknecht, Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas, Jared Graves, Tomas Slavik, Dan Atherton

Men's podium: Roger Rinderknecht, Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas, Jared Graves, Tomas Slavik, Dan Atherton (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Jared Graves took his fourth World Cup victory of the year and clinched the men's title with two rounds still remaining. His win was doubly impressive after a flat tire in the quarter final round had him sprinting down over half the course to still finish second - which was upgraded to first after heat winner Mickal Prokop was disqualified for cutting a corner. Except for that mishap, Graves' rides were perfect all evening.

The new course won high praise from almost all the riders. "It is ready for the Worlds next year, I wouldn't change a thing," said winner Graves. There are, of course, the usual rollers, berms and massive jumps, but there is also a rock garden, and there are other large rocks out on the track.

World champion Rafael Alvarez de Lara Lucas (Specialized) took second, with Tomas Slavik third and Roger Rinderknecht (GT Bicycles) fourth after crashing in the final. Dan Atherton (Animal-Commencal) took the small final for the fifth podium spot.

Rinderknecht continues to hold second place in the overall standings, and was likely to give Graves a run for his money until the crash. "I was going well right until the finals, but unfortunately I crashed. I was still able to get fourth, so I've still got a strong standing. I think that this was one of the best courses this year. Big banked turns. Rocks. It had everything."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team
2Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas (Spa) Specialized Factory Racing
3Tomas Slavik (Cze)
4Roger Rinderknecht (Swi) GT Bicycles
5Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal
6Joost Wichman (Ned)
7Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing
8Bernard Kerr (GBr)
9Romain Saladini (Fra) Team Sunn
10Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team
11Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK
12Randal Huntington (Aus)
13Blake Carney (USA)
14Lukas Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense
15Martin Frei (Swi)
16Michal Prokop (Cze)
17Mitch Ropelato (USA)
18Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team
19Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Kenda Morewood
20Hans Lambert (Can)
21Michael Robert Haderer (USA)
22Thomas Tokarczyk (USA)
23James Schwanke (USA)
24Kieran Mcavoy (GBr)
25Quentin Derbier (Fra)
26Erik Nelson (USA)
27Arthur Daley (USA)
28Will Longden (GBr)
29Markus Sedlak (Aut)
30Junya Nagata (Jpn)
31Sascha Meyenborg (Ger)
32Daisuke Kurosawa (Jpn)

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team50pts
2Suspension Center40
3Specialized Factory Racing35
4Norco World Team30
5GT Bicycles26
6Animal Commencal22
7MS Evil Racing18
8Team Sunn14
9Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team12
10Rocky Mountain UK10
11Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense7

World Cup standings after six rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team675pts
2Roger Rinderknecht (Swi) GT Bicycles370
3Joost Wichman (Ned)366
4Romain Saladini (Fra) Team Sunn320
5Rafael Alvarez De Lara Lucas (Spa) Specialized Factory Racing220
6Dan Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal216
7Michal Prokop (Cze)202
8Tomas Slavik (Cze)175
9Luke Madill (Aus) GT Bicycles100
10Lukas Mechura (Cze) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense100
11Jurg Meijer (Ned)91
12Filip Polc (Svk) MS Evil Racing80
13Guido Tschugg (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team76
14Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team66
15Scott Beaumont (GBr) Rocky Mountain UK61
16Mickael Deldycke (Fra)40
17Cédric Gracia (Fra)40
18Matej Vitko (Svk)34
19Pascal Seydoux (Swi)30
20Gee Atherton (GBr) Animal Commencal30
21Bernard Kerr (GBr)25
22Kamil Tatarkovic (Cze)25
23Quentin Derbier (Fra)23
24David Graf (Swi)20
25Sascha Meyenborg (Ger)20
26William Evans (GBr)14
27Joey Van Veghel (Ned)14
28Randal Huntington (Aus)11
29Brook Macdonald (NZl) Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team11
30Lewis Lacey (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense11
31Patrick Campbell-Jenner (GBr)11
32Darryn Stow (RSA)11
33Blake Carney (USA)8
34Michal Marosi (Cze)8
35Will Longden (GBr)6
36Martin Frei (Swi)4
37Arne Tschugg (Ger)2
38Marek Pesko (Svk)2
39Adam Stasek (Cze) Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team2
40Premek Tejchman (Cze)2

Team standings after six rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team235pts
2Suspension Center220
3GT Bicycles167
4Team Sunn139
5Norco World Team125
6Animal Commencal116
7Ghost A.T.G. Pro Team109
8Specialized Factory Racing95
9Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense67
10MS Evil Racing53
11Rocky Mountain UK40
12Ancillotti Doganaccia Racing Team9

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