Not content with riding the new sections in terrible conditions after a 36hr bus journey from Fort William, Claudio opted to ride chainless, as did his preview partner Aaron Gwin, not for the first time.

There are sections on this track that, at the moment at least, look almost unrideable. It's going to be warm and sunny for training tomorrow, and then it's going to rain for the rest of the weekend. With that in mind we should be in for some wild racing come finals on Sunday.