Archive for April, 2012
Rocket Air 2012, what an event! At the final on Saturday evening 15 of the worlds best riders from 7 countries performed a spectacular show on an extremely high level. The entertainment was perfect for the completely crowded ice skating rink in Thun, the spectators could witness flip and trick combos that were not even thought possible last year.
Martin Söderström from Sweden made amends for 2011 and was just able to edge out last years winner TSG’s Sam Pilgrim to take the crown. Martin laid down a run with heavy trick combos like Barspin to tailwhip or 360 double whip. But not that Sam was out of his element, Sam smashed some big 720s and Frontflips to stay well in the contest. But Martin just managed to keep his nose in front! Third after Söderström and Pilgrim was the young Frenchman Antoine Bizet, using impressive flip combinations. On a great 4th place came TSG’s Thomas Genon.
The TEVA TRICK Showdown was also a big hit with the spectators on Friday night. TSG ambassador Ramon Hunziker managed to wow the crowd with stylish 360 combos winning the FANS FAVORITE!! The BEST TRICK went to the Frenchman Yannick Granieri and the BEST STYLE award went to Martin Söderström.
Congratulation to all TSG riders! It was impressive and fun watching!
1. Martin Söderström
2. Sam Pilgrim
3. Antoine Bizet
4. Thomas Genon
5. Sam Reynolds
6. John Alm Högman
7. Louis Rebould
8. Jakub Vencl
9. Patrick Leitner
10. Clemens Kaudela
11. Bienvenido Alba
12. Ray Samson
13. Tomas Zejda
14. Teo Gustavsson
15. Yannick Granieri
The Rocket Air is ready to kick-off this friday. Around 1500 pallets arrived for the landing and the starter list is set.
15 invitated pro riders and 10 riders that pre-qualify on friday are set for the qualification of this silver event of the FMB World Tour. Sam Pilgrim, Amir Kabbani, Thomas Genon and Ramon Hunziker of the TSG Team will definitely bring the ice hockey arena to a boil and rock the show.
The spectacular and trick friendly course now features at the end a quarter pipe and a wall with 2 jumps for even more action.
Small riders striving for the pros can train on the TSG Kids Parcours, located behind the ice arena.
Qualified riders are:
Sam Pilgrim Martin Söderström Sam Reynolds Yannick Granieri Amir Kabbani Ramon Hunziker Tomas Zejda Anthony Rocci Blake Samson Raymond Samson Danny Pace Teo Gustavson Antoine Bizet Thomas Genon Henrik Tafel
Due to the hard weather conditions on the 1. and 2. event day, there was a slight change for the schedule. Big ease, when Vienna’s weather conditions on Sunday were acceptable for a great final. Vienna saw plenty of big names, and in the end it was the contest-dominating Sams (Pilgrim and Reynolds) from Great Britain who took the podium places, joined by Andreu Lacondeguy with a convincing performance. The extreme high trick level on the generously constructed jumps was once again prove for the awesome progression freeride mtb saw in the last years.
Sam Pilgrim made absolutely clear, that he is the ultimate factor in the dirt and slopestyle disciplines at the moment. Already in his first run, that was not to be topped by any of the 30 finalists, he showed a backflip table at the step down, followed by a backflip no hand, a 360 tailwhip, completed with a 720, that brought him the highest score of the day.
Sam Reynolds kicked a backflip at the step down, a backflip no hand, a flipwhipand finally a 360 tailwhip at the last obstacle, resulting in second place. Andreu Lacondeguy impressed the judges with a backflip from the step down, an extreme fat flipwhip, followed by a 360 flatspin at the third obstacle as well as a 360 tailwhip at the last jump.
FINAL RESULTS VIENNA AIR KING 2012:
1. Sam Pilgrim (GBR, TSG, NS BIKES)
2. Sam Reynolds (GBR, POLYGON)
3. Andreu Lacondeguy (ESP, YT INDUSTRIES)
4. Szymon Godziek (POL, DARTMOOR BIKES)
5. Linus Sjöholm (SWE, YT INDUSTRIES)
6. Jakub Vencl (CZE, ROSE VERSAND)
7. Amir Kabbani (GER, TSG, MONGOOSE)
8. Loius Reboul (FRA, YT INDUSTRIES)
9. Thomas Genon (BEL, TSG, UMF VELO TEAM)
10. Patrick Leitner (AUT, TSG)
11. Lance McDermott (GBR, SARACEN BIKES)
12. Antoine Bizet (FRA, KONA)
13. Tomas Zejda (CZE, DARTMOOR BIKES)
14. Bartek Obukowicz (POL, NS BIKES)
15. Ray Samson (GBR)
16. Pavel Alekhin (RUS, HELLRIDE)
17. Simon Kirchmann (GER, BERGAMONT)
18. Marcin Rot (POL)
19. Blake Samson (GBR)
20. Bienvenido Aguado (ESP,TSG, YT INDUSTRIES)
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