What would have been an undisputed star of the day is not there when I arrive to the park Alessandro Barbero, reigning national champion for the last three years will not compete due to an ankle injury sustained in practice. This shuffles the cards and gives to each athlete the opportunity to shake off the awe and give everything to aim for the title.
And what a battle it has been with Gabriele Pala, Emanuel Bettassa and Christian Falvo holding up the KOBRA BMX team flag, Francesco Mongillo returning from a serious ankle injury, Vittorio Galli from Milan, Ramon Francesconi and Lucas Vega from Genova and the local (and promoter of the idea that led to to this Olympic center) Elia Benetton.
In the qualifing (that count only for the starting order of the finals) almost everyone hold back the bangers for the final. Unfortunately Elia cannot keep his runs together after finishing first in the quali with some impressive lines and enormous flip transfer. Down in both his final runs he’ll have to wait a full year for another shot for the title. The scores are very close despite very different styles: Christian Falvo with the highest airs, Gabriele Pala with the technical combos, Emanuel Bettassa with his unique flow and style and Mongillo with an impressive trick variety.
When the dust settle we have a new champion, Francesco Mongillo! He’s back on his feet, stronger than ever and with 70 points lines up Emanuel Bettassa (68.83) and Gabriele Pala (66.00), third for the second year in a row. The other follow closely: Christian Falvo (63.33), Vittorio Galli (60.67), Ramon Francesconi (60.33), Lucas Vega (53.50) and last the unlucky Elia Benetton.
The level is finally rising up, definitely thanks to this training center that allows our boys to train with constancy and profit, thanks to the Italian Cycling Federation and H-farm campus. Finally I wat to thank MTB Club Gaerne for the impeccable organization of the event and for having me and my mate Patrick @argillagorilla the best speaker in Italy and probably in Europe.
BMX Park Men:
1 Francesco MONGILLO 200
2 Emanuel BETTASSA 160
3 Gabriele PALA 130
4 Christian FALVO 110
5 Vittorio Ludovico Germano GALLI 90
6 Ramon FRANCESCONI 70
7 Lucas Del Valle VEGA 50
8 Elia BENETTON 30
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