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Rinderknecht wins 4X World Cup in Fort William

6. June 2011

After a tricky start, Rinderknecht rounded off a weekend of racing in Fort William on top of the podium at the Four-cross World Cup, relegating Graf and Slavik to second and third positions.

A so-so start to the season in Pietermaritzburg in South Africa and a crash in the subsequent training phase had somewhat dampened the high expectations of Rinderknecht after he had spent the winter preparation phase successfully working hard on his form. The opening of the race weekend in Fort William was ill-fated as well: Rinderknecht had a bad crash in training on the Thursday and was in so much pain that he decided to go to hospital for a check-up. Fortunately, no serious injuries were found, but Rinderknecht had to battle with his wounds during the course of the weekend. Rinderknecht's starting position held him back in the qualifier and he only managed 16th place. Although this was not an ideal starting position for the subsequent races, Rinderknecht managed to qualify for the final, where he met Thomas Slavik, Jarrod Graves and David Graf. After a solid start, Rinderknecht was in second place entering the key stage of the course, which more than lived up to its name (rock garden) by causing the leading Dutchman to fall. Rinderknecht just managed to evade Wichman's bike as it flew through the air and then hung on to the lead until the finishing line. After Brazil (2005) and Val di Sole (2010), this is the third world cup victory for the man from Zurich, putting him in a confident mood for the rest of the season: "All in all, it's a fantastic victory which gives me plenty of confidence for the next races. I'm already looking forward to the next stop in Leogang. My aim is to improve on the previous year's performance here. We'll see what happens," says Rinderknecht.