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Geneva Supercross

The 34th running of the Geneva Supercross at the Palexpo Convention Center in Switzerland was nothing short of exciting for Canadian race fans this year.  After a dominant season indoors and outdoors, the 2019 Canadian Triple Crown Champion, Dylan Wright earned himself an invite to the prestigious event to race amongst some of the world's best international riders in front of a sold-out Swiss crowd.  The electric atmosphere and bar to bar racing is something every racer thrives on being a part of.  The Geneva Supercross is a two-night racing format which crowns a King (SX1) & Prince (SX2) as the two division winners.

Relatively new to the Supercross discipline, Dylan Wright has been building momentum during the Canadian indoor series collecting wins North of the boarder and was all set to do battle in Switzerland.  The minimal experience on supercross obstacles and lack of bike set up time proved to be a learning curve for Dylan during practice as he had his first major crash of the weekend in the whoops but would remount for session two and set the fastest SX2 lap time of the day.

On Friday night, Wright rode a smart and smooth Heat race finishing second place and advanced directly into the Main Event.  During the Main Event, Dylan was in a comfortable podium position until he pushed the limits too far and crashed, bending the bikes front end which made it un-rideable for the remainder of the Main Event and he was forced to pull out.

After the bike repairs were completed and time to reflect on the positive and negative outcomes of Day 1, Dylan showed up on Day 2 ready to go again.  Some setting changes by the team to the front and rear suspension of the bike helped Dylan stay on pace during the qualifying session and he would again top the leader board as the fastest SX2 rider on the track heading into the night show.

Lining up Saturday night hungry to prove he’s the fastest rider in a race setting, and not just in qualifying, Dylan was in control of the heat race waiting for his moment to execute the pass for the lead, but miss-calculation in the whoops again cost Dylan the chance for a heat race win and put him into the Last Chance Qualifier to earn his spot in the Main Event.  A poor start in the LCQ showed Dylan’s race craft and passing abilities were superior as he quickly advanced from 5th place to the lead taking the win and a spot in night two’s Main Event.

With a less than ideal gate selection due to qualifying through the LCQ, Wright had his work cut out for him with an unfavorable back row starting spot.  With a badly beat up body but the speed to win, Dylan put his head down and put on another show for the Swiss fans blazing his way around the track but the risks did not result in any rewards for Dylan as he crashed hard again and took himself out of the Main Event resulting in another DNF score.  Unfortunately, Dylan’s results weren’t indicative of his speed and determination to win and the GDR Honda team left Geneva with many positives and small victories throughout the weekend. 

Amongst the up and down weekend, the bi-lingual happy go lucky attitude of Dylan was able to win the hearts of the Swiss fans and quickly became a fan favorite for his ‘never give up’ riding style.  Among the event exhibitors at Palexpo, the Fox Racing Switzerland distributor had an autograph signing session for Dylan to better connect with an international fan base.

 

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Race Replay from Friday

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