A legend returned to the top step at Crankworx Rotorua tonight, reclaiming a podium position that was his three years ago and one that he has been trying to get back to ever since.
A big crowd gathered to watch the doubleheader on Friday night in Rotorua. Before things got taken down a level, riders had to first spin, whip, flip and stomp their way in head-to-head fashion on the same Rotorua Dual Speed & Style course from previous years.
Although the course may have been repetitive, the action that unfolded under the incoming weather system was anything but. With no women in the running this year, it was up to the top 16 men to dual it out for another chance to win more valuable points in the running for the King of Crankworx title. It wasn't smooth sailing like many would have liked, however. Adrien Loron was looking for redemption, but once more fell victim to the might of Kyle Strait. Barry Nobles was hoping to get some points on the board but out of nowhere got knocked out early by the real success story of the event: Joe Simpson. Who might you ask? The local boy with deep roots in BMX and a massive bag of tricks.
Unlikely previous years, a rule change meant that riders must perform tricks in order to score to avoid situations like we have seen previously where racers take higher placings, and those pulling huge tricks lose out.
1st - Martin Söderström Full Results
2nd - Joe Simpson
3rd - Adrien Loron
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