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Minnaar quickest in downhill qualifying

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Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride set the best time by over 3 seconds

Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride set the best time by over 3 seconds (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing qualified 2nd

Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing qualified 2nd (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate, set the best time

Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate, set the best time (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing, qualified 3rd

Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing, qualified 3rd (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott11 was 3rd

Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott11 was 3rd (Image credit: Tour of Japan)
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World Champion Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team was 2nd

World Champion Emmeline Ragot (Fra) MS Mondraker Team was 2nd (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Home town favourite Greg Minnaar (Santa Cruz Syndicate) narrowly edged Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) for the top spot in the downhill qualifying at the opening UCI Mountainbike World Cup in South Africa. Minnaar plummeted down the course in 3:59.62, just eight thousandths of a second quicker than Gwin.

Canadian Steve Smith (Devinci Global) was the third fastest, almost a second slower.

In the elite women's field, Australian Tracy Hannah (Hutchinson United) pummeled the rest of the field, blazing through the course more than three seconds faster than her nearest competitor, Emmeline Ragot (Mondraker) and Floriane Pugin (Scott 11).

Full Results

Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Minnaar (RSA) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:03:59.620
2Aaron Gwin (USA) Trek World Racing0:00:00.008
3Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing0:00:00.871
4Gee Atherton (GBr) Gt Factory Racing0:00:01.767
5Troy Brosnan (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized0:00:02.270
6Michael Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:04.385
7Cédric Gracia (Fra) Cg Racing Brigade0:00:05.055
8Aurélien Giordanengo (Fra) Topcycle By Trek0:00:05.901
9Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:05.908
10Andrew Neethling (RSA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:06.347
11Steve Peat (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:06.647
12Danny Hart (GBr) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:06.768
13Nick Beer (Swi) Devinci Global Racing0:00:06.921
14Samuel Hill (Aus) Monster Energy-Specialized0:00:07.190
15Marc Beaumont (GBr) Gt Factory Racing0:00:07.452
16Johannes Fischbach (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:00:07.468
17Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate0:00:08.525
18Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Team Norco International0:00:08.830
19Damien Spagnolo (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:08.977
20Justin Leov (NZl) Trek World Racing0:00:09.171
21Julien Camellini (Fra)0:00:09.396
22Fabien Cousinie (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:10.059
23Lorenzo Suding (Ita) Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School Asd0:00:11.227
24Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing0:00:12.034
25Harry Heath (GBr) Unior Tools Team0:00:12.100
26Thibaut Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:12.121
27Matthew Simmonds (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:12.400
28Pierre Charles Georges (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace0:00:12.465
29Luke Strobel (USA)0:00:12.496
30Mitch Ropelato (USA) Specialized Racing - Usa Gravity0:00:12.566
31Brendan Fairclough (GBr) Scott110:00:12.818
32George Brannigan (NZl) Devinci Global Racing0:00:13.212
33Markus Pekoll (Aut) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:13.449
34Jonathan Jones (GBr)0:00:13.468
35Patrick Thome (Fra) Lapierre International0:00:13.733
36Timothy Bentley (RSA) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:13.800
37Duncan Riffle (USA) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:13.848
38Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Kona0:00:14.099
39Rémi Thirion (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team0:00:14.667
40Marcus Klausmann (Ger) Ghost Factory Racing Team0:00:15.168
41Bernard Kerr (GBr)0:00:15.678
42Harry Molloy (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:15.855
43Richard Thomas (GBr)0:00:15.872
44Robin Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing0:00:16.007
45Richard Rude Jr (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:16.043
46Loic Bruni (Fra) Lapierre International0:00:16.242
47Johann Potgieter (RSA)0:00:17.053
48Oliver Burton (GBr)0:00:17.122
49Connor Fearon (Aus) Kona0:00:17.299
50Joseph Smith (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:17.504
51Mickael Pascal (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz0:00:18.122
52Curtis Keene (USA) Specialized Racing - Usa Gravity0:00:18.333
53Jonty Neethling (RSA)0:00:18.599
54Greg Williamson (GBr)0:00:18.696
55Stefan Garlicki (RSA)0:00:18.791
56Logan Binggeli (USA)0:00:18.803
57Emanuel Pombo (Por)0:00:19.319
58Niklas Wallner (Swe) Team Are Bikepark By W-Racing0:00:19.830
59Oscar Harnstrom (Swe) Pila-Black Arrows-Mtb Herin School Asd0:00:20.019
60Samuel Blenkinsop (NZl) Lapierre International0:00:20.151
61Thomas Braithwaite (GBr)0:00:20.218
62Jack Reading (GBr)0:00:20.229
63Ziga Pandur (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:20.262
64Nejc Rutar (Slo) Unior Tools Team0:00:20.599
65Lars Peyer (Swi) Sc-Intense0:00:20.806
66Lutz Weber (Swi)0:00:20.868
67Miran Vauh (Slo)0:00:20.975
68Eliot Jackson (USA) Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team0:00:21.251
69Kristoffer Haugland (Nor)0:00:21.325
70Alex Bond (GBr) Chain Reaction Cycles.Com / Nukeproof0:00:21.584
71Tiaan Odendaal (RSA)0:00:21.586
72Fergus Lamb (GBr)0:00:22.164
73Kevin Aiello (USA)0:00:22.502
74Ludovic May (Swi)0:00:22.511
75Isak Leivsson (Nor)0:00:22.804
76Zakarias Blom Johansen (Nor)0:00:22.815
77Mark Scott (GBr)0:00:22.923
78Guillaume Cauvin (Fra) Hutchinson United Ride0:00:23.515
79Tommy Herrmann (Ger)0:00:24.481
80Dan Sheridan (Irl)0:00:25.398
81Terje Nylende (Nor) Team Fokus - Danica0:00:25.595
82Marco Milivinti (Ita) Torpado Surfing Shop0:00:26.273
82Rick Balbierer (Ger)
84Niclas Andersen (Nor)0:00:26.439
85Thomas Jeandin (Swi)0:00:26.468
86Gaetan Ruffin (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:26.541
87Jérôme Payet (Fra)0:00:27.166
88Will Jones (GBr)0:00:27.566
89Quentin Moreau (Fra)0:00:27.698
90Daisuke Kurosawa (Jpn)0:00:28.035
91Samuel Bull (RSA)0:00:28.277
92Felix Beckeman (Swe)0:00:28.519
93Daniel Pombo (Por)0:00:28.804
94Junya Nagata (Jpn)0:00:29.024
95Walace Henrique Miranda (Bra)0:00:29.105
96Christian Textor (Ger)0:00:29.980
97David Trummer (Aut)0:00:30.215
98Faustin Figaret (Fra) Sc-Intense0:00:30.411
99Andre Bretas (Bra)0:00:30.902
100Adi Van Der Merwe (RSA)0:00:30.926
101Cyrille Kurtz (Fra) Ck Racing Santacruz0:00:30.965
102Naoki Idegawa (Jpn)0:00:31.046
103Fraser Mcglone (GBr)0:00:31.447
104Travis Browning (RSA)0:00:32.293
105Takuya Aoki (Jpn)0:00:32.458
106Darryn Stowe (RSA)0:00:32.463
107Carlo Caire (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team0:00:33.235
108Francesco Colombo (Ita) Team Axo/Pro-Gest0:00:33.466
109Marco Fernandez Garcia (Spa)0:00:33.495
110Quentin Chanudet (Fra)0:00:33.809
111Kelvin Purchase (RSA)0:00:34.013
112Alasdair Fey (RSA)0:00:34.203
113Cameron Cornforth (Irl)0:00:37.481
114David Kynaston (GBr)0:00:37.678
115Simon Parsons (GBr)0:00:37.718
116Gianluca Vernassa (Ita) Devinci Global Racing0:00:37.731
117Kyle Davids (RSA)0:00:39.201
118Guilherme Renke (Bra)0:00:39.349
119David Hogan (RSA)0:00:39.357
120Erik Irmisch (Ger)0:00:40.813
121Steven Sautron (Fra)0:00:43.605
122Chris Nixon (RSA)0:00:44.215
123Josh Lewis (GBr) Steve Peat Syndicate0:00:44.477
124Phil Atwill (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:46.875
125Justyn Norek (Ita) Argentina Bike Gravity Team0:00:47.013
126Andreas Sieber (Ger)0:00:50.878
127Dan Stanbridge (GBr) Dirt Norco Race Team0:00:50.921
128Brook Macdonald (NZl) Ms Mondraker Team0:02:51.869
DNFMiha Halzer (Slo) Energijateam.Com
DNSRomain Paulhan (Fra) Scott11
DNSChristopher Mcglinchey (Irl)
DNSAlexandre Sicard (Fra)
DNSMarcelo Dias (Por)
DNSJoelson Bourice (Fra)

Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tracey Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride0:04:36.853
2Emmeline Ragot (Fra) Ms Mondraker Team0:00:03.556
3Floriane Pugin (Fra) Scott110:00:03.660
4Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Labyrinth Shimano Racing Team0:00:03.984
5Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International0:00:06.436
6Myriam Nicole (Fra) Commencal / Riding Addiction0:00:11.381
7Luana Maria De Souza Oliveira (Bra)0:00:13.465
8Miriam Ruchti (Swi) Sc-Intense0:00:14.760
9Emilie Siegenthaler (Swi) Scott110:00:15.371
10Manon Carpenter (GBr) Madison Saracen Downhill Team0:00:15.914
11Petra Bernhard (Aut) Alpine Commencal Austria0:00:19.427
12Anita Molcik (Aut)0:00:20.465
13Mio Suemasa (Jpn)0:00:22.592
14Fionn Griffiths (GBr)0:00:27.541
15Martina Bruehlmann (Swi)0:00:28.573
16Harriet Rucknagel (Ger)0:00:34.470
17Caroline Sax (Fra) Team Lac Blanc / Solid / Batibois Alsace0:00:38.697
18Gabriela Williams (Cze) Cg Racing Brigade0:00:41.260
19Zarja Cernilogar (Slo)0:00:52.849
20Tamara Maria Ulrich (Aut)0:01:37.827

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