Brandon Semenuk wins the 2011 Claymore Challenge!

Jun 25, 2011 at 17:03
by Ian Hylands  

Final Results
1. Brandon Semenuk
2. Yannick Granieri
3. Kyle Strait
4. Greg Watts
5. Mitch Chubey
6. Ryan Howard
7. Tomas Zejda
8. Andrew Taylor
9. Cam Zink
10. Geoff Gulevich

After several days of rain the weather cooperated today giving riders just enough time to get two runs in before the skies opened up again. In that few hours riders and course workers hastily prepared the course and managed to get some practice in and the contest done! Brandon Semenuk really wants to win the FMB World Tour this year, after losing out last year due to injury at Crankworx. He his on a winning rampage; this is his second FMB Gold event win of the season, and his third consecutive win of the year. If he continues like this, he'll be challenging Yannick Granieri, Sam Pilgrim, and Martin Soderstrom for the overall series lead fairly soon... With his 2nd place finish here Yannick Granieri has moved into 1st place overall knocking out past leader Sam Pilgrim for the first time. Kyle Strait bobbled on his first run but through down a great second run for third place. Greg Watts had a great first run but was unable to do a second due to injury, his 4th place finish here should move him solidly into the top 10 overall. Mitch Chubey looked like he was having the run of the day on his second run but lost it 3 jumps from the bottom when he didn't land both pedals and ended up 5th, good enough to keep him in the top group on the overall scoreboard and even move himself up into 4th.

For those of you that missed the live webcast you can watch it again on the Claymore website

The Winning Runs

1. Brandon Semenuk -- 360 x-up - tail whip on gopro cannon - x-up in the dish to 270 out - opposite 360 on drop - corked backflip on the hip - truck driver pinkbike double - barspin on the quarter - tuck no hander - motowhip on the hip over the shed - flipwhip on the big jump.

2. Yannick Granieri -- backflip - tailwhip on gopro cannon - x-up in the dish downside table top out - 360 x-up on the drop - tailwhip over the hip - dumped 360 x-up on the pb - truck no hander on quarter - flipwhip - backflip indian air on small jump

3. Kyle Strait -- no foot cancan - tailwhip on gopro cannon - motowhip in the dish 270 out - 360 down the drop - 1 foot table top over the hip - backflip on pinkbike - shoulder buzz quarterpipe - superman - motowhip over shed hip - double tailwhip

Claymore Challenge 2011 - Brandon Semenuk - 1st Place run from DH Productions LLC on Vimeo.


Claymore Challenge 2011 - Yannick Granieri - 2nd Place run from DH Productions LLC on Vimeo.


Claymore Challenge - Kyle Strait 3rd Place run from DH Productions LLC on Vimeo.


GT Best Trick Winner

Kyle Strait with a double whip

Claymore Challenge winner
Claymore Challenge winner
Claymore Challenge winner

Unofficially your FMB Leaderboard now looks like this:

1. Yannick Granieri
2. Sam Pilgrim
3. Brandon Semenuk
4. Mitch Chubey
5. Martin Soderstrom

Cam McCaul injured himself in practice today, no details yet but hopefully it's nothing serious, and Martin Soderstrom injured himself earlier this week in training in California.

Full Results

Result Slope Style With RunScores
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88 Comments

  • + 29
 Nice to see Kyle back in the mix!
  • + 5
 definitely!
  • + 1
 Semenuks on a streak!
  • + 8
 shity picsFrown
  • + 3
 What the hell is Semenuk going to do with 3 giant swords?
  • + 2
 Put them on the wall above the door booby trapped?
  • + 4
 what the heck happened to Montgomery?
  • + 0
 semenuk is on a mission this year!
  • + 16
 So sick to watch this all live! Anthony was pushing things hard and went down in the process, but I am expecting great things from him in the future. Kyle Strait is looking on form and proving to be one of the most diverse riders out there - nice work man! Great work to everyone at Highlands MTB Park and congrats to Semenuk on the 3peat!
  • + 2
 He pushed it with that fronty...
  • + 3
 obviously he pushed it a little to far. 10 points for trying though, that takes balls
  • + 0
 Anybody know what was up with Mike Mont?
  • + 2
 Yeah Granieri!! I still don't get how you can differentiate between 0.33 points Smile
  • + 4
 ^ Granieri's run was marginally better imo, not the other way around
  • + 2
 Yeah, he was super smooth ans Semenuk did lose a pedal on that truckdriver.
  • + 17
 6. Ryan Howard


F*CKIN RIGHTS RDOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And CONGRATS TO STRAIT AND SEMENUK!!!!!!!! YEWWWWW
  • + 2
 fuck yea Rdog killin it!
  • + 3
 damn strait!!!!!
  • + 2
 RDOG=boss!
  • + 3
 YAAAAAA R DOGGGGGG!!!
  • + 1
 YYEEEWWW R-Dawg!!!
  • + 1
 YO R-DOG!!!!!!
  • + 12
 Semenuk is just a machine ! to bad messere crashed, he had a stellar run going great job everybody !!!!
  • - 26
flag DowNhillFrEeRide854 (Jun 25, 2011 at 17:20) (Below Threshold)
 Yo. Semenuk is god. Yo.
  • + 8
 Yeah boys! Killed it B! Mad props to Chubey too, 4th in the world!
  • + 6
 Great to see Kyle back on the podium in a event like this
  • + 5
 Yannick Graneri is on top form this year, not long till he's going to get win
  • + 4
 good job to Yannick Granieri, hes doing really well this year. I really liked his run at Rampage last year...
  • + 3
 Strait or yannick should have definetly one it. Semenuk had the same tricks as last years run. Just Sayin!
  • + 3
 I thought it was funny that semenuk was listed as 22 years old on the bio cards...
  • + 4
 Why is Semenuk's bike so sexy?
  • + 24
 Because of results like this
  • + 3
 hahaha nice^^^
  • + 3
 mitch chubys run was so good until he crashed! i think it could have beat Semenuks run!
  • + 3
 Hope its nothing too serious Mccaul. Love to see you in Crankworx this year!
  • + 4
 i think brett rheeder got robbbbbed. his first run was sick.
  • + 1
 Yeah, bretts first run deserved a way higher score
  • + 1
 yea i thought it was at least top 6 run
  • + 4
 I think Yannick got robbed too, His run was waaaay smoother than Semenuk's and Semenuk did slip a pedal. however though, congrats Semenuk for the 3rd time in a row win.
  • + 2
 Yannick and Brandon's runs were quite similar except for the red bull jump and pb double; Yannick did a flipwhip and superflip, Brandon did a Tuck No and Flipwhip. The only other notable advantage was Brandon 360ing out of the double dish while Yannick just table'd it.
  • + 3
 i think semenuks second run deserved a higher score than his first. it was nicer, but yannicks run also deserved higher imo too
  • + 3
 Ya Semenuk another hat trick Smile
  • + 7
 hes on fire. lets see him tear up crankworx!!!
  • + 3
 For sure. I hope he wins this year, isn't it the only contest he hasn't won?
  • + 1
 FOGEL son!
  • + 1
 semenuk has not won crankworkx ever. and i missed out on claymore live Frown
  • + 1
 You sure he didn't win the same year he won rampage?
  • + 1
 he won crankworx colorado twice i think
  • + 3
 won colorado 3 times, whistler 0 times
  • + 1
 he got second in 09 I believe. correct me if i'm wrong
  • + 1
 i'm quoting my memory but i think i remember him winning in 09 because Greg Watts won Whistler that year
  • + 1
 Semenuk won Colorado in '09 and came in 2nd in Whistler
  • + 3
 Good to see Kyle Strait doing well.
  • + 3
 How did AT not get a higher placing?
  • + 1
 this was sweet live, pinkbike needs to stream every other FMB event on here.
  • + 1
 What happened with mike? still an amazing rider, also, he is pretty much the only guy who rides a brace? Big Grin
  • + 1
 Great vid, semenuk is amazing! but didnt know he rode for nike 2.0? or that granieri was sponsored by omeal?
  • + 2
 Greg Watts is killer, sick run with that shoulder, still smooth as ever!
  • + 1
 well done to tomas! strange to see darren so far down.
  • + 1
 Pretty sickk and stuff but does anyone know where pilgrim was ??
  • + 1
 in europe
  • + 1
 Great to see that Claw is back on the game.
  • + 2
 What happened to McCaul?
  • + 1
 Cam got hurt in practice
  • + 2
 Damn, crankworks maybe.
  • + 1
 f*ck i missed it where can i watch it again ? inbox me please someone
  • + 1
 Same here, I was so exited and then missed it completely. I didn't even see the classic clock on the homepage, the one that indicates when the live stream begins. Was still it there?
  • + 1
 There wasn't a clock, which I'm guessing was due to the fact that they were unsure of when the event was actually going to start due to all the weather delays and such.
  • + 1
 Makes sense, thanks for the info!
  • + 1
 Yeah, no problem.
  • + 1
 ^^^ I was just about to ask that. Does anybody know?
  • + 1
 it looks like kyle strait will be going to district ride
  • + 2
 And he's qualified for Crankworx too.... unreal!!
  • + 1
 the one they have up is last years...?what about this years?
  • + 1
 will there be a replay of the entire event going up?
  • + 3
 hopefully
  • + 1
 lucky me fuckin missed it cause of stupid lag
  • + 1
 Yeah Mitch Chubey!!! Good to see a rider from around home doing well!!
  • + 1
 Hell ya nice one Semenuk!!
  • + 1
 Congratz Semenuk.
  • + 1
 Get well soon Cam...
  • - 1
 kyle strait takes best trick with a double whip? i didnt see it all but surely there were better tricks than that ?
  • + 2
 It wasn't the best conditions for riding remember
  • + 0
 semenuk is back,he's always winning again!
  • + 0
 Brandon Semenuk seems to win everything . lmfao!
  • + 1
 called it

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