Freestyle: Kevin Peraza wins in Mexico. Second Red Bull Dirt Conquers brings Guadalajara on its feet.

2014/4/15 5:40:00 (669 reads)
Stands filled up quickly for the second Red Bull Dirt Conquers event in Park Metropolitano. After a stunning qualifying round twelve riders made it to the finals. Some of the favourites coming into the contest did not make it to the last round, including AJ Anaya and Leandro Moreira who were on the podium in Guadalajara last year. Dirt Conquers is a different event because the terrain is like no other. "It rides like bumpy concrete, and I like it when the transition isn't perfect." said best line winner Bas Keep. "I rode the capsule last year and I

figured I could go around twice and downside whip out of it. Riding the wall of the capsule both ways was good fun also." continued the Englishman. ION cameras also put on an award for best trick which was won by first time visitor Mike Varga from Canada who did a 360-double-whip-barspin over the big dusty step-up.

The contest itself required solid runs with unique lines and innovating tricks, something the top three riders all had. Making the podium in third was Drew Bezanson (CAN) who is no stranger to finding different lines and throwing down good moves. Drew was stoked after the contest: "I didn't expect this at all, I'm blown away. My goal here was to have fun and to leave in one piece and I did both and couldn't be happier with third place." Bezanson seemed to take it easy in practice but busted the moves during the contest. "I tried to save my energy, I only needed my legs for 90 seconds total and it worked out. I'm happy with third." continued the Red Bull rider.

Daniel Sandoval (USA) had no game plan coming into the contest but wanted to ride the way he normally rides. That means also doing tricks during practice. Daniel: "I ride every day and I do these tricks all the time so when I come to a park like this it makes me feel like I'm in my own environment."

In 2013 Kevin Peraza crashed in practice and could not ride the contest. He was disappointed about it and wanted to win the 2014 edition. The gnarly set up at the Red Bull Dirt Conquers did not hold him back to ride his own style. With 360 downside whips over the hitching post, 540 nose spins and creative lines all over the park, the win was his. The disappointment from last year was quickly forgotten.

The event concept came from local Alex Vazquez who was happy seeing the BMX elite to his hometown for the second year in a row. Last year's experience was used to make this version even better and the riders from Guadalajara will remember it for a long time.

1. Kevin Peraza (USA)
2. Daniel Sandoval (USA)
3. Drew Bezanson (CAN)

Best line winner: Bas Keep (ENG) with a double cradle ride to downside whip out.
Best trick winner: Mike Varga (CAN) with a 360-double-whip-barspin

Pics by Fabio Piva / Red Bull Content Pool
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