UCI BMX Freestyle Park Finals. One of the most awaited event of the weekend was, of course, the UCI BMX Freestyle Park finals. The windy conditions yesterday played a big part in building a feeling of anticipation, and both crowd and riders were ready for a big day of finals. Mother Nature was trying to shake things off again, bringing winds averaging 23 km/h but the determination of the riders to complete their competition was stronger than the possible doubts in their minds.
Expectations were high for Brandon Loupos, after his win in FISE Budapest. Digging deep for stamina and big tricks, he was certainly putting a lot of pressure on his competitors. Not phased at all by the wind, he gave a great performance for the crowd and judges, lacing together tricks of high amplitude,
With the sun setting and the winds picking up, our top qualified BMX Freestyle Pros battled for top spot, with 24-year old Australian Brandon Loupos putting together a gold medal performance. When asked what surprised him about the finals, Loupos replied, “Actually, the biggest surprise was me winning today. I just wanted to come here and ride and do my best with all my friends. It was definitely hard because of the wind, but to win and stick both runs was a blessing and I’m stoked for that.” FISE veteran Daniel Dhers placed second, spinning and flipping all over the course with his calculated, technical tricks including his signature 360 tail-whip, grabbing 9,000 points to push him into the lead for the UCI World Cup overall rankings.
Hannah Roberts has been pretty much unbeatable on the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup circuit. But it didn't work out for her as planned at the second stop in Hungary. A few too many crashes placed her on spot 3 with Nikita Ducarroz and Lara Lessmann beating her to it. It's the first World Cup win for Lessmann.
Final results Women. UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Park round 2. Budapest, Hungary.
1 LESSMANN Lara GER Flensburg 84.00 2 DUCARROZ Nikita SUI Geneva 79.60 3 ROBERTS Hannah USA Buchanan 79.20 4 SILVA CRUZ Shanice NED Rotterdam 78.00 5 ZACARIAS Analia ARG Posadas 77.40 6 MACARENA Pérez CHI Santiago 74.80 7 HARAMBOUR Camila CHI Punta Arenas 74.40 8 WARD Val GBR Chessington 67.00
UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup 2 Qualification results, BUDAPEST, Hungary. 1 Irek RIZAEV 2 Michael BERAN 3 Mike VARGA 4 Colton WALKER 5 Brandon LOUPOS 6 Justin DOWELL 7 Alex NIKULIN 8 Daniel SANDOVAL 9 Jack CLARK 10 Jake LEIVA 11 Marin RANTE 12 Pat CASEY 13 Jeremy MALOTT 14 Cam PEAKE 15 Istvan CAILLET 16 Manuel GATICA 17 Kenneth TENCIO