Jurin gets redemption
WD40 X-Bladez Husqvarna regrouped as a full-on team for the final two rounds of the Tour.
American Collin Jurin made a welcome return to the series at Sheffield, ironically, the very venue where his 2016 AX prowess was halted due to shoulder injury. He showed a little of his 2017 form at the South Yorkshire arena, however, it was at Wembley where we saw the 24-year-old’s true talent.
Jurin, from Washington, was strong from the very off at the series finale, featuring up amongst the series leaders throughout Pro practice, qualifying and heats. When the final championship gate fell, he was away in third and, but for a couple of mid-race laps, maintained that position, keeping a hard-charging pack at bay, until the chequered flag fell.
That one podium resulted in Jurin taking 12th overall in the 2017 AX standings, one place higher than that of the previous year! How different would the series have been if he’d contested every round?
Immediately after the race, Jurin said; “It was chaos out there, but it felt so good to be on the pace and putting the team on the block. We needed that result – it’s redemption for last year.”