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The Yeti Racing UK team have just returned from the first round of the 2013 4X ProTour series which kicked off in Szczawno Zdroj, Poland. Both riders had a great weekend of racing but the stand our performance of the team was Scott Beaumont who finished the weekend with a third place podium finish and a solid start to his international races.

4X ProTour 2013 - Round One, Poland on Pinkbike

Here Scott gives us his report on the weekends racing.

The team are just back from a fantastic weekend in Poland at round 1 of the 2013 4X ProTour. The race was held in Szczawno Zdroj at one of the best 4X tracks in the world. The track is immaculately prepared every year and has it all from high speed to low speed, technical jumps and a 50 foot pro line set of double jumps. It's a challenge for all the riders, but one which we all love.

The weekend started for us on the Friday - or it was supposed to. It rained all day long and the decision was taken to cancel practice and extend it for the riders on Saturday to compensate. It was definitely the right decision and all the riders agreed.

Saturday arrived and all the riders were eager to get out on the track and get riding. Finally the sunshine was out and the forecast was for a dry day a head. Both Dave and I took our time in practise as the track was drying out from the rain which had fallen during the previous day and getting faster. We got to grips with everything quickly and already were up to race speed. After a break for lunch [ed note - very British], the Pro Line was opened up for those who wanted to tackle it and riders eyed up the two 50 foot doubles both of which had to be jumped really precisely.

I was one of the first riders over them and felt really confident. Dave, like many of the other riders chose to stick to the alternative line and carry speed around the jumps rather than risk a rough landing and loose time.

Next of the team was qualifying. Qualification goes in reverse order using the UCI world rankings so first from the team to ride was Dave who put in a solid run with no mistakes and crossed the finish line in 2nd. An awesome ride and this was going to be enough to guarantee him his place in the finals ending the qualification round in 33rd place.

I was up next and was the third from last rider down the track due to my 2012 ranking. I made a great start and put together a great lap crossing the finish line I wasn't sure how quick it was but as I looked back I had gone into 1st position which I was very happy about. Michal Prokop was next and he just beat my time by 0.25. Finally Tomas Slavik bumped me down to third as he posted the fastest time. I was happy with 3rd though.

So it was onto the finals. Dave's qualifying position meant he would race Tomas Slavik in the first round - daunting for some but Dave was excited. He made a great start but got passed in the first turn and was in 3rd. Lower down the track he made a great pass to move into 2nd. He held on to the finish line and qualified with Slavik to round 2. Already this was his best result ever! Dave faced Tomas Slavik and Quentin Derbier in his second round and unfortunately finished 4th and 29th overall. Dave was the only UK senior racing and his ride was very impressive and shows he is progressing well as a rider.

I was feeling great. I won my first round, won my second round and won the quarter final. In the semi-final Michal Prokop took gate 1, I was in 2, Jakub Riha in 3 and Felix Beckeman in 4. I made a great gate and matched Prokop on the first straight. In the first turn I dived inside but couldn't quite pass Prokop. I settled into 2nd and held that position to the finish line. So next up it was the final. Slavik took gate 1, Prokop then took gate 4 and I took gate 2. I made the best gate of my night and led the race down the first straight. Slavik then just got ahead of me over the logs and I was in 2nd and riding strongly. I hounded him all the way to the last straight where it all went a bit wrong for me. I hit a drainage pipe on the last straight and nearly went over the bars. The pipe was sunk into the track but it gives you a kick if you take off over it. I lost a lot of speed and Prokop then started to close on me. It is a long straight and with the horsepower Prokop has, I just couldn't hold him off and cross the line in 3rd.

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