The men's race saw unheralded Joshua Button, riding in Australian national team kit, come close to pulling off an upset. Button started outside of the top-20, but set a blazing fast 3:27.480, a time that would hold up until the final four riders came down the track.
It wasn't until world champion Loic Bruni (Specialized Gravity) powered across the finish line that Button was bumped out of the top spot, by 3.784 seconds. Bruni's time would prove to be the winning one, as World Cup leader Aaron Gwin (The YT Mob), local favourite Mick Hannah (Polygon UR) and fastest qualifier Troy Brosnan (Specialized Racing) all failed to surpass the Frenchman.
Brosnan would slot in second, Hannah third and Gwin fourth, meaning Button would end up fifth; his first World Cup podium. It was also Bruni's first World Cup win.
"Yeah it's been a long long time [getting a World Cup win]," agreed Bruni, "and I couldn't find, you know, the thing to make it before. Today was really really tight, Troy was just behind me and I thought he had it. I just never gave up on the flat and now I'm so stoked. I wish it was in France but, well, it's Australia and you know I'll take it."
"To be honest, it's pretty heartbreaking," admitted Brosnan. "I wanted to win so bad. I knew after qualifying I had it in me. I had a really good run and, well, Loic was just better on the day. But I'm just excited to get on the podium in the home country; it's awesome racing at home."
In the Junior men, Round 1 winner Finnley Iles (Specialized Gravity) did not start after injuring his arm in a qualifying run crash. Great Britain's Matt Walker (Madison Saracen) took the win ahead of four Australian riders, with Remy Morton taking silver and Harry Bush bronze.