All eyes were on SCOTT-Velosolutions from the moment the team rolled in to the pits. With a host of new component partners and a fresh new kit on board the prototype SCOTT-Sports Gambler, the team was a hot topic throughout the week.
With much speculation about the new track in Losinj, Croatia, throughout the off season; the new venue was a refreshing change of scenery. The track would put the riders and bikes through their paces as they got to grips with the rock filled gullies and cobbled alleyways the Island had to offer.
“The start of any new season is always exciting but 2018 has brought with it a new world cup location, a collection of incredible new sponsors and a team that is ready to work hard to get on the podium. Unfortunately my week did not go to plan with the Go Pro course preview but I made a solid recovery ahead of the live TV show. Watch out Fort-William, Im coming for you” – Claudio Caluori (Team Owner)
The team came into the 2018 season on board a stage 1 prototype of the new SCOTT-Sports Gambler and with just a short amount of time on the bike before the first race, the team worked hand in hand with BOS Suspension throughout the week trying to fine tune their set up.
“The bike looks incredible and I am super happy to be onboard TRP and DMR components for this season. Working with BOS is a great opportunity that I am embracing. We have some way to go but we are making progress every step of the way”Brendan Fairclough
With both Brendan and Gaetan unprotected during qualification for the first race of the season, both riders were focused on qualifying inside the top 60 to progress to finals. Vigé would unfortunately be at the mercy of the Croatian rocks and a mechanical put him outside of a qualifying time. Brendan however rode conservatively to put in a solid qualifying time.
Come race day, Brendan was feeling on form and during practice he was turning heads throughout the course. His time come finals was enough for a 26th place but with just 10th’s of a second separating riders, all is still to play for as the season unfolds.
With a 5 week break ahead of round 2 in Fort William, the team leave Croatia ready to push forward in their 2018 campaign.
“There is a great atmosphere in the team. We have all the ingredients we need and will continue to push hard and progress throughout the season” – Cyril Lagneau