Due to weather issues three days of 26TRIX action in Leogang had to be packed into one. But the contest was sick! After the biggest pre-qualifying at an FMB Gold Event ever in Leogang and the qualifying on Friday afternoon, both in perfect weather conditions, steady rain on Saturday and even worse conditions forecasted for Sunday, meant that Diego Caverzasi (ITA) could celebrate his first FMB Gold Event title of his career.
The FMB World Tour stopped by in Leogang, Austria, this weekend. 62 athletes participated in the contest and in the best weather, you could hope for on Friday. Taking advantage of blasting sun and blue skies in pre-qualification, 42 athletes dropped into the slopestyle course embedded into the Austrian Alps on Friday morning. The best rider was also the youngest in the field. The 16-year-old Swede Emil Johansson rocked the course and sent the best pre-qualifying run. He was followed into the final by the Spaniards Bienvenido Alba and Adolf Silva and nine others.
A field of 32 riders was set to compete in the qualification – without knowing for sure that this would turn out to be the final result. What a show! The trick level was enormous. In the end it was Diego Caverzasi, who sent two consistent and high-quality runs to take the qualification win. His winning run consisted of a frontflip-barspin, 360 barspin-to-X-up, backflip-barspin-to-whip, double whip, one-foot-tabletop and backflip-cliffhanger and a score of 93.33 points. “I was thinking about my runs early, because I already had a feeling, that the qualification may be the final. After I had seen the weather forecast, I decided to do my best run already in the qualification and include a new trick for me – a backflip-cliffhanger. Some people may have thought my third place at the first FMB Gold Event in Thun was lucky, so it is great to confirm my performance with a win here in Leogang.”
Check out the full results here.
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