THUNDERBOLTS (TBO)

8th Place, M1 Season 1. 13th Place, Marble League 2020.
The Thunderbolts took other coaches in the Marble League for a spin in 2019 when they announced four brand new team members. Two years into their experiment, the team mixes stretches of mediocrity with flashes of brilliance. Bolt and Shock handle most of the team’s racing engagement, and over time they developed a style based on balance, going on the inside line and taking the late apex. They make it to the podium when other racers fly out of the corners and hairpins they know how to navigate best.

Bolt "Mjolnir" (BLT)

11th place, M1 Season 1 Racer Championship. 1 M1 Silver.
Though they are the Thunderbolts’ best track athlete, Bolt is not close to going as fast as lightning. Their potential is more clear on technical courses, from sand rallies to the chicane heavy-sectors on the O’raceway. The first marble on the team to improve their racing line skills, they excelled in particular on the Greenstone GP by steering with precision through the first sector. The way forward is to improve consistency on those technical courses – to not blow the lead on a sudden collision or a stop – for a top-half racer championship finish or even more.

Shock "Gigawatt" (SHK)

20th place, M1 Season 1 Racer Championship. 1 M1 Silver.
Of all the athletes in the team, this marble had the most consistent race times in ML2019 and ML2020: landing in the upper middle of the pack for both editions of Funnel Endurance, -Athlon events, and the 2019 Elimination Race. Shock’s consistency may seem conductive, but it’s seldom worked out for their podium potential. That made it even more of a surprise when the athlete “shocked” their competition by breaking the infamous “host’s curse” during the Short Circuit GP, earning a silver medal—their only points haul of the season. Perhaps Shock will have more surprises up their sleeve this season.

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