After just rolling out of the start house in qualifying and not completing his run, it was clear that the slide out crash which reinjured Aaron’s thumb was going to be the question mark over the 5 Time World Cup Champion coming into today’s race. After getting some training runs in  Aaron decided to give it a go and do what he could to stem the point loss. Impressively he finished 31st  after manhandling the bike down the steepest and most technical track of the season, using his legs in places to press against the frame and relieve the pain and pressure from the thumb, it was a champion’s ride, and he now sits in 4th place overall, just 10 points from 2nd.

Well I survived maybe the toughest day of my career. Tried to grit it out in my race run but the pain and weakness in my thumb was just too much. The crash and re-injury in practice really set me back. I had to at least try but after the race, it’s finally clear to me that the best decision is to take some time off for this thing to heal. Riding is only making it worse and it’s just not worth the risk anymore to score a few points. This last month has been a bummer but I tried my absolute best and I’m content with that. Time to focus on my training and recovery, hoping to be back strong by MSA. Thanks everyone for the messages, your support has been awesome and an encouragement to me. We’ll be back soon ???????

-Aaron Gwin