FIRST STOP OF CRANKWORX SUMMER SERIES CANADA AT SILVERSTAR BIKE PARK BC
Fresh off a Gold Medal win from the X Games, Dawid Godziek treated the Title Slopestyle course at SilverStar Bike Park like it was his very own playground and absolutely stomped his first run of finals today landing him top spot on the podium with a score of 94.
TITLE SLOPESTYLE AT SILVERSTAR
“I can’t say it enough, it’s my favorite course ever,” The champagne soaked, Red Bull rider said of the Title Slopestyle course at SilverStar Bike Park. “I love it. I feel super comfortable here since day one. The conditions were much better than the riding conditions at last year’s competition, so I could do better tricks and the riding was much more pleasant. A lot of fun.”
Coming close in second place with a score of 91.33, Lucas ‘Huppi’ Huppert will celebrate his first Crankworx podium.
“It’s actually unbelievable, it’s my first Crankworx podium,” Huppi beamed after finishing his second run of the contest which actually was more of a victory lap, running a train down the course with Godziek in tow. “I’ve dreamed of that my whole life I think, and I have no words it’s crazy. Especially last year, I had a hard time here, and now to get second, I can’t believe it. The level was insane. I had a super good run, a bit loose sometimes but I have no words I’m stoked!”
Huppi was clearly motivated this week, and the motivation will continue with Red Bull Joyride.
“Full focus on Joyride that’s for sure,” Huppi said when asked of his plans for the rest of the 2022 FMB World Tour. “It’s the event where slopestyle started and having a podium again at Joyride would be the biggest dream of all times. But yeah full focus on that, rest, prepare myself and go in full gas.”
DAVID LIEB EARNS WILDCARD ENTRY TO RED BULL JOYRIDE AT CRANKWORX WHISTLER
Speaking of Red Bull Joyride, the man of the hour at Title Slopestyle at SilverStar Bike Park was certainly David Lieb, winning his golden ticket (yes, it was actually a huge golden ticket!) Wildcard entry into the 10th Anniversary of Red Bull Joyride.
“Diamond-level is obviously the pinnacle of the sports, it’s right where you want to be,” Lieb commented on earning the opportunity to compete at Red Bull Joyride. “Last year, I was lucky enough to compete in Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle and then to get back on tour this year through the Wildcard is super exciting. It was kind of my goal, but I wasn’t really going to beat myself up too bad if I didn’t get it but I’m just very thankful to make it happen.”
The American Wildcard winner was taking no chances today and continuing to step up the variations of his tricks with every run from qualifying to the finals.
“The Wildcard winning run from today was a run that was based off of what I did yesterday in qualifying, but there was a few areas where I had to step it up big time to get bumped up a little bit in the score so I started off with a backflip double bar spin into the whale tail, triple truck driver out, and then here’s where it begins to change after my qualifying run: I did a 360 tail whip to bar spin over the step up, opposite 360 into the drop, and then a triple tail whip over the jump instead of a double tail whip, and then going into the on/off, I did oppo three up, truck down, and then front flip bar spin at the end instead of just a front flip. Definitely a step up from yesterday and I’m very thankful to make it to the bottom and walk away with the Wildcard.”
FAN-FAVOURITE ROGATKIN IN THIRD PLACE
Finishing third place on the podium today after losing points from a crash at the Surgeon’s Table was fan-favourite Nicholi Rogatkin, with a final score of 91.
“I’m feeling pretty hyped about today,” the American rider said. “I kept it safe in some parts of the course for sure. I risked it in some different zones. It’s always tough going from a qualification run to a finals run because you already know you can so easily do what you did the day before, especially when you finish high up like me yesterday, but I went in super hard for practice today, improved some maneuvers and I felt super good out there. We’re on the road to Joyride so just trying to get in that winning mentality. I wasn’t able to do it today, but I will take third for sure.”
RESULTS – TITLE SLOPESTYLE AT SILVERSTAR BIKE PARK
Dawid Godziek (POL) – 94
Lucas Huppert (SUI) – 91.33
Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) – 91
Full Results: https://www.crankworx.com/results/
Next, the action rolls on to Whistler. Red Bull Joyride will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at Crankworx Whistler this August 13th, and is sure to be a next-level celebration of Slopestyle greatness. VIP Passes for Red Bull Joyride are still available to come get amongst the action in Whistler this August 13th.
Schedule and details for all events to come during Crankworx Whistler 2022: crankworx.com
The Title Slopestyle event at SilverStar Bike Park was part of the Crankworx Summer Series Canada. The next stop for the Crankworx Summer Series Canada will be Quebec City, September 1st to 5th. Athletes can still register to participate , Crankworx Summer Series Canada will wrap with the Crankworx Slopestyle Session at SilverStar Bike Park: a women’s only, invitational slopestyle session on Monday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd. Crankworx Slopestyle Session at Silverstar Bike Park is an invitational development session aimed at creating a path for women in Slopestyle mountain biking.
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