Yesterday's slippery beast was dry today, and four rounds of tight race-to-qualify revealed the full force of the Taipan track. The final chicane, so memorable from the video of Basi's crash there last year, claimed a number of victims as riders had to adjust to the massively different track conditions today.

Dane Hanna and Mitch Thompson at Tame the Taipan 2019
Dane Hanna leads Mitch Thompson in Round 1 of the race-to-qualify. Photo: Nicole Mills

Yesterday's wet runners showed they could also do it in the dry, and a trio of Americans added themselves to the list of people to watch by remaining undefeated through today's racing; Andy Atchison, super-grom Nick Broms, and Chase Hiller.

Zak Mills-Goodwin leads Mack Geddes at Tame the Taipan 2019
Zak Mills-Goodwin leads Mack Geddes in Round 1 of the race-to-qualify. Photo: Nicole Mills

Then add Zak Mills-Goodwin (AU) to the mix. Normally more of a freerider than an out-and-out racer, Zak has discovered his racing form in the last week, after finishing fifth in a strong Newton's field. Today he won every heat except his last, placing second to Jack Brown (AU) from far-north Townsville, another rider who looms as a danger in the draw.

Andy Atchison and Morgan Owens at Tame the Taipan 2019
Andy Atchison leads Morgan Owens into the final chicane... Photo: Nicole Mills
Andy Atchison and Morgan Owens at Tame the Taipan 2019
...and then this happened. Photo: Nicole Mills
Lance Evans and Ulrich Becker at Tame the Taipan 2019
A drone flies close behind Ulrich Becker and Lance Evans. Photo: Nicole Mills

Things get serious tomorrow as the finals racing begins. Stay tuned to the live results, and watch out for the live feed on Facebook.

Korey Kamp, Andy Atchison, and Stephen Davis at Tame the Taipan 2019
Korey Kamp, Andy Atchison, and Stephen Davis say hello. Photo: Nicole Mills
Volunteers at Tame the Taipan
Many thanks to the team of volunteers that make Tame the Taipan possible. Photo: Gemma Holland

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