Speed, and plenty of it, averaging over 50km/hr this track is flat out all the way and riders are treading the finest of lines between grip and speed on this dusty South African hillside.
It may not play to Sam Hill's strengths but he was looking pinned down this track, as was Graves aboard his SB66 Enduro bike. Gee Atherton was getting wild and finding the limits of grip whilst sister Rachel took practice as fast if not faster than many of the guys.
Local Greg Minnaar looks smooth and confident, if one man cope with the pressure of Worlds on home soil then it's this man. Mick Hannah was another looking for the edge of the grip on this dusty and slippery surface, roosting through the potholed corners he always looks powerful but will that power be enough come race day.
One rider hoping to get through those rough corners smoothly is Mitch Ropleato and his 29er wheels, whilst many riders stuck to their DH setups there are always a few World Champs tweaks that are made to bikes. Plenty of cool paint jobs and sweet looking custom helmets were on display Greg Minnaar winning the prize for most patriotic with an image of Nelson Mandela a top his Kabuto lid.