The 2015 Suzuki Nine Knights MTB round table is now set, complete with big name freeriders and three 'Become a Knight' wild card winners. The course build is well on its way, the huge main kickers with its two reverse transitions rising above the Livigno valley, and the trail features, such as the mini-skate ramp fast emerging. Some serious airtime and fun riding is ahead for the week of the 31st of August to the 5th of September 2015 when 'Il Castello' on Mottolino Fun Mountain will see many photoshoots and the Big Air contest.
Riders at Suzuki Nine Knights 2015
This year is no exception and the riders list is stacked with MTB extraordinaries such as Brits Sam Reynolds and Sam Pilgrim returning along with Geoff Gulevich (CAN), Szymon Godziek (POL), Peter Henke (GER) and Yannick Granieri (FRA).
To our delight Sweden’s Martin Söderström, who last year was awarded 'best trick' with his triple tailwhip, is planning his return after a long rehabilitation period.
Appearing for the first time at the event is Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), a rookie stirring it up on the FMB World Tour, with a fresh Red Bull Joyride podium under his belt he is one to watch out for. Newly knighted are Rampage legend Kelly McGarry (NZL) and KC Deane known also as a freeski pro. Even host Andi Wittman will be participating from the sidelines due to injury.
The “Become a Knight” video contest wild card winner are… The choice was tough for the judges with nearly 30 video entries. In fact, with such abundant high level riding seen the decision was made that three riders will be joining the week-long session: the Italian trickster Torquato “Toto” Testa, Adolf Silva from Spain and Blake Samson from the UK. Additionally, the judges decided to invite some of the outstanding riders to join the Big Air Competition. Join us to watch Bartek 'Jaws' Krzyszton (POL), Loek Quadflieg (NED), Eric Walenta (AUT), Daniele Ferri (ITA) and Mauro Toffaletti (ITA) compete with the rest of the knights on Saturday 5th of September.