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  • Crankworx Rotorua Wrap-Up

    April 4, 2017

    The first stop on the Crankworx World Tour wrapped up Sunday, after an action-packed nine days during which the weather in Rotorua wreaked havoc on the schedule. Here’s a look at the results from Norco Independent Riders Jill Kintner and Adrien Loron, as well as the Norco Factory Racing team.


    Jill came away from Rotorua with the Queen of Crankworx points lead, kicking off what should be an exciting showdown throughout the World Tour.

    “I was so excited heading into New Zealand after a long wintery off-season. Riding wise, I felt dialed coming in, but had to adapt quite a bit to the weather and changes to the schedule this week. Overall it was a good shakedown to get the race season started, so to come out with the points lead is pretty sweet.” – Jill Kintner


    Pumptrack Challenge – 2nd
    Air DH – 2nd
    Downhill – 6th

    Crankworx Rotorua, Jill Kintner

    Crankworx Rotorua, Jill Kintner


    Coming out of Rotorua, Adrien is second in the points standings for King of Crankworx.


    Pumptrack Challenge – 2nd
    Dual Speed & Style – 2nd
    Air DH – 13th

    Crankworx Rotorua


    Following strong performances in Round 1 of the EWS in Rotorua, Norco Factory Racing set its sights on the Whip Off, Air DH, and Crankworx Rotorua Downhill. Unfortunately, Sam Blenkinsop suffered a shoulder injury while filming and was forced to sit out. We wish Sam a speedy recovery as he looks forward to the World Cup season!

    With Blenki on the sidelines, Joe led the way for Norco Factory Racing with a 6th place finish in the Air DH and 5th in the Crankworx Roturua Downhill race, while Henry Fitzgerald finished in 26th and 37th respectively.

    Crankworx Rotorua, Joe Smith

    Crankworx Rotorua, Henry Fitzgerald

    Congratulations to the team on an outstanding performance! The next stop on the Crankworx World Tour takes place from June 14-18 in Les Gets, France.

    All photography by Fraser Britton.