Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle 2016 - Results

Mar 7, 2016 at 13:11
by Pinkbike Staff  
Crankworx Rotorua
Champagne showers well earned

1st // Brandon Semenuk - 94.33
2nd // Nicholi Rogatkin - 93
3rd // Brett Rheeder - 92

MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx


  • 81 5
 Amazing competition. Never yelled so loud when Rogatkin pulled the Twister!
  • 40 4
 After some reflection..the scoring was fair. These three guys will probably duke it out all season. Super close battle. Each run had its merits. Rogatkin came out swinging, but semenuk and reeder were technicians. Smooth as silk.
  • 40 6
 Nicholi had that seriously banger twister, the 720 step down was sick and the cash roll was expected. Everyones talking about how Nicholi's botched landings hurt him, but now that I'm rewatching it I think the rest of his run being extremely lackluster were hurting his score. Brandon/Brett both have combos and technical tricks going throughout every single feature of their runs (although Brett missed the opportunity to trick/combo a few across his two runs). I know hindsight is 20/20 and probably not worth a lick of value, but I can really see Nicholi's BMX background make it look like he's just trying to over muscle the living shit out of everything, even simple tailwhips and 360's. His riding is almost stressful to watch, feel like he could go down any second and I hate seeing people get hurt.
  • 3 0
 Well i miss all of it.... Is there any replay?
  • 2 0
 Yep go on red bull TV live or on the homepage of here
  • 1 0
 Trying the near impossible plus throwing big tricks on every feature...and landing them clean = 100. Bobble a couple of those landings but make it through the course without throwing a lesser trick because of loss of speed...well that should have gotten at least a 95 IMO. Even the Gods (Semenuk and Rheeder) wouldn't go for that and risk sacrificing a run. Two tricks on the run in to that twister too...insane.
  • 1 0
 I think the "go for it' attitude should always win out over consistency...that's what got us to where we are today. I like combos and all but I'd rather see the attempts at the near impossible and so would the crowds. Add a couple small tricks together that equal a clean landing and momentum for the next feature might win the overall, but I want entertainment.
  • 54 7
 While Rogatkin had a 1080, the precision and smoothness of Semenuks consistently big big tricks was winning and it proved. Go Semenuk!
  • 8 14
flag fitjoani (Mar 12, 2016 at 1:15) (Below Threshold)
 Actually, that's not a 1080
  • 12 9
 @fitjoani pinkbike enduro-users barely know difference between backflip and frontflip)
  • 6 2
 Well Nicholi also had a Cork 720, Cashroll, and Front Flip no-hander along with the Twister. Combos Vs. Gnarly tricks
  • 8 1
 @SpinningAddiction okay
360 whip vs cork720 - Rogatkin better,but also he did 2 pedal stroke instead of one, like Sem
tuck to whip vs double whip- Semenuk
flip whip to can vs cashroll (another shitty landing with a lot of pedalling) - Rogatkin,but I think in overall in this segment they have nearly equal points.
flip tuck vs double whip (boom, second time and same trick) - of course flip tuck, it's flat log!
450 opo ds whip vs sketchy front tuck - Sem
oppo truck vs barspin - Sem
flip can vs foot plant 360 - Sem
whip vs tuck - Sem
cork720 barspin with a barely landed misty1080 - Rogatkin
Rogatkin is incredible trick machine, but Brandon was cleaner, has style, and bangers at every single feature.
  • 36 2
 One monstrous banger and a numerous sloppy landings as well as only a bar spin up and a tuck no hander where Semenuk did a 360 bar and a tail whip is why Rogatkin got second. Don't get me wrong, Rogatkin had some unreal tricks in his run but Semenuk's run was more complete and much smoother. I think the scores are accurate, but thats just me. (And no I'm not a Semenuk fan boy, I would have loved to see Rogatkin take the win but I just don't think his run was as good)
  • 3 2
 Sem did switch truck up)
  • 2 3
 It should have been Semenuk 94.33 and Rogatkin 94.00. I'll be pissed if Nicholi loses the overall by 1 point!
  • 1 1
 Don't worry, those points doesn't count for the overall, it's the position that counts!
  • 23 0
 Yo Sam Pilgrims long slow 360 over the 2nd to last jump was my favorite of the night. Graceful.
  • 3 0
 yeah !!! and Messere's flatspin at his 1st run !!! mindblowing
  • 1 1
 Never really been a fan of pilgrim when he was winning but I love what he brought to this contest
  • 14 2
 I think that the cork 10 was unreal by rogatkin. However, after each and during each trick was very wobbly and sketchy. So, I think that Semenuk deserved the score that he recieved but if Rogatkin steps it up and makes it cleaner in the future, he will win.
  • 3 3
  • 3 0
  • 20 8
 Sick run by Semenuk! Well deserved win, nobody should say that was over scored. The whole run flowed so much smoother than everyone else's, remember that its not just about the tricks but the style as well!
  • 13 2
 Feel bad nobody is saying congrats to the guy. All the circle jerking about him not smiling when he doesn't do well aside, he's seriously one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Congrats Brandon!
  • 15 9
 Brett's first run was scored too low, same with Nicholi's second. Too much focus on pristine landings if you ask me. Yeah, not being sketchy should be rewarded, but this isn't figure skating.
  • 8 2
 I think that being a point in the judging is directing the sport in a very perfectionist way, and I love it! If the judging was more permisive the sport wouldn't be at the level it is right now
  • 5 4
 I think that if landing smooth wasn't such a big factor in scoring the level of riding would actually be higher than it is now. Riders have to pull easier tricks in order to land perfectly and score high. If there wasn't such a big emphasis on cleanliness of landings riders would be more willing to push their limits. Rogatkin in a perfect example of that.
  • 6 2
 To clarify, it just seems like sometimes the deductions for things like a minor pedal slip are a bit too harsh.
  • 5 1
 Yeah there would be progression if the judging was more permisive, especially in ultrabangers, but the riders wouldn't focus on getting their tricks and landings 100% dialled. I love slopestyle because of the perfection level the riders pursue every while they still are able to introduce new tricks in almost every big comp. We don't need to follow the path of bmx dirt jumping, our sport is legit
  • 12 2
 Fuck hashtags
  • 12 2
  • 4 0
 Semenuk's run was super smooth, but Rogatkin's was just crazy exciting! I would have put in first, but its gotta be hard to judge these! So many good stories really. I loved seeing Pilgrim nail his 2cnd run, and it was great to see all the guys on the podium celebrating and being happy for each other!
  • 14 6
  • 7 3
 Yes! How is this not the biggest issue? The top three were the top three and overall I think the judging was ok with them, but Testa's score was insanely low...
  • 9 2
 "That's was just an ordinary corked 720". Yeah, see them every day...
  • 2 1
 just spit my water out. Hahahaha.
  • 6 0
 Very solid runs all around
  • 10 3
 Nobody got robbed...
  • 4 0
 Slopestyle. It is right in the name. You need to have it all and tie it together perfectly. Let's not get this event all mixed up with Rampage.
  • 5 1
 Is it me or does Tina Dixon have a giant crush on Brett?

oh yeah, Max Fredrickson's balls must HURT.
  • 3 0
 Based on the way he was holding his arm I think Logan hurt his arm or something I don't know I just know it's extremely disappointing
  • 1 1
 Someone looked like they got hurt during the tribute train. Who was that?
  • 2 1
 Semenuk was absolutely smooth but it was more exciting to watch Rogatkin. It might just be me, but after watching Rogatkin, I was bummed that he didn't take the lead. It so easy for us to play Monday morning quarterback and re-watch the runs to rationalize who did better and justify the scoring. But if the initial reaction after seeing Rogatkin's score was doubt (for me at least), then something's not right.
  • 65 60
  • 22 50
flag mdmake (Mar 11, 2016 at 20:31) (Below Threshold)
 A run ending with an blown tire should never win a competition!
  • 22 3
 Joyride 2012
  • 22 7

Said this in a comment in the other thread, I think we're so excited to see new tricks that we don't care as much about the landings and linking everything together smoothly. The judges have consistently established time and time again that this is a huge factor in your score. Every year, however, we still act surprised. I know we would rather have tricks > smoothness, but until the judges change that I think we should know what to expect. I'd love to hear from more of the competitors in Crankworx slopestyle and their thoughts on that, they might have a different perspective then we do since they actually ride the course and might vouch for the insane difficulty of throwing down a run perfectly. With that said though I really wish I could've seen Nicholi nail that run with finesse, but I'm not going to pretend I'm surprised at his score. I've been hyped about that turkey twister all week.

Semenuks safety runs have come to an end. He needs to go back to the foam pit and learn some new stuff. I honestly wouldn't be as worried about Rogatkin as I would be about Rheeder if I were him. Rogatkin has mentioned he likes the straight booter courses like Rotorura because they're simple setups for the big tricks, but Les 2 Alps & Whistler have proven challenging for him to link stuff flawlessly. Rheeder on the other hand is going to keep Semenuk away with that oppo cork 7. Semenuk is a great dude but I kinda want him to lose so he can time travel to young up and coming Semenuk and be forced to forge new stuff, he's been sitting in a safe place competitively for too long and it's looking like that's about to end.

On another note I'd like to see a more complex course at Roto next year. Totally unrelated, but Nicholis celebration after that run was kinda cringey haha but who cares when you throw down that 1080 cash roll thingamabob turkey twister next level stuff
  • 9 10
 Yeah especially on such an easy trick like a twister...
  • 8 1
 I agree completely. You heard Semunuk himself, he said he did almost no prep for this season. He still won (he is a godd*amn legend after all), but he is gonna have to put in some more progression if he is going to continue winning. @anchoricex
  • 9 2
 I thought Yannick Granieri should have scored higher. Only guy to front flip up and backflip the long and low.
  • 5 4
 If everything Brett would be the one who was robbed, at the time i thought he should've scored higher than Semenuk but I'll re-watch to be sure. Rlgatkin's score was on point or even a bit higher than it should be. If you honestly think he should've won this you don't know about slopestyle. He was so close though, he gets a step closer in every comp
  • 5 1
 And props to Torquato, he just came to the diamond series to stay!
  • 2 0
 @mdmake Tell Genon that
  • 4 0
 @anchoricex pretty much agree with you, but Semenuk's 2014 joyride run was so much ahead of it's time and out of safe zone he deserved to do some "safe runs" last year. If you look at that run and the runs people have been doing last year you can easily see the influence.

I feel like Torquato might be the one to watch this year, he has both good drop and jump tricks, actually not just good but also creative, compared to Rheeder who 90% of the time seems like he tries to copy Semenuk's old runs.
  • 4 0
 I dont understand how people can say that Semenuk isnt forging new ground. Until this contest, no one else was cork 7ing step downs. Not sure if everyone here saw his practice clip, but he wa going for a flip whip to bar mid course too, which is not a common trick in contests. His 3 whip on the step down was also ridiculous. Soderstrom and Zedja (and paul B back in the day) are the only other people trying that. Semenuk won for good reason His run was dialed with very hard tricks. If Brett didn't bobble, he definately would have taken it. The problem with rogatkin is that he uses tailwhips too much for filler tricks. He had two double whips in the same run (quite alot given its only 9 jumps. Stoked to see him cork 7 that step down though, and his rowdy twister landing had me hollering! I think the real robbery was Torquato Testa. Man, flip NFC step down, the double flip, flat flip drop, and the flip triple NFC. just so rowdy for a rookie on the scene.
  • 4 4
 If I wanted to watch smooth, I'd loop Unreal all day. I watch Crankworx to see guys throw progressive tricks that no one else is doing, or even capable of. If it's linky smooth, all the better.

This contest reminds me of do they want?

Cam doesn't know.
  • 1 2
 Oops, double post...............98.7
  • 1 1
 I hate to say it(Semenuk fan), but i think Rheeder's run was better than Semenuk's, even tough Semenuk could have easily turned it up a noch(flip whip is waaaay too basic trick for him). Not sure about Rogatkin, my first tought was that he got robbed, but then again he did some sketchy stuff.
  • 1 1
 Did he oppo 720 at the end?
  • 1 0
 Not a massive Semenuk fan as he has little to no personality, but his run was flawless from top to bottom. A winning run for sure. It's gonna be one hell of a battle all year between these dudes.
  • 9 7
 I think I freaked out my parents when Rogatkin finished with the Twister.. he got robbed, IMO
  • 2 1
 brandon's run was really good and smooth, you knew would get to the end, Rogatkin was just hucking amazing tricks, but I was really hoping he makes it to the end
  • 2 1
 "Bangers or nothing". So glad he choose mtb. Bezanson, and I'm hoping Baldock's next.
  • 2 0
 Guess who is taking the visor off their helmet as we speak. P.S. That Comp was lit AF.
  • 2 1
 Just watched the Redbull short about Kelly McGarry and man was that guy awesome. Hard to understand why people like him have to leave so damn soon......
  • 2 0
 I logged in at precisely the wrong moment after work, so much for spoiler free. Oh well I'm still waiting for the replay.
  • 37 37
 overrated run of semenuk! rogatkin for the win, 2nd for semenuk, 3rd for rheeder (if he put the flip double whip and oppo cork 7 clean, deserved the win)
  • 8 23
flag rippersub (Mar 11, 2016 at 20:20) (Below Threshold)
 100% agreed.
  • 15 9
 I thought Brett's first run was slightly better than Brandon's.
  • 30 7
 I think Rogatkin's run was super sick, but Semenuk put it down cleaner.
  • 9 5
 Semenuk's smoothness and clean landings cannot be understated when he is putting of those big of tricks. Rogatkin got the big tricks and it seems like he is only going to keep getting more, but the dudes flow doesn't match Semenuk's. I think the judges got it right. REALLY wish Rheeder could have stuck that last oppo cork down.
  • 4 3
 Rheeders weak tuck no hander is what kept him from scoring higher.
  • 6 8
 overrated run for rogatkin.
Yeah, he got the twister (barely land it) and cork7 from sd, but all other tricks (except maybe cash) is way easier,than Semenuk did.So 2 place for Nicholi is true,but slightly overjudging in points.And if we remember about flow Smile
Also, fredrikson have ultra-overjudging run.
  • 2 1
 After watching it again, I take that back. I think Brett would've scored higher than Brandon if he had gotten the tuck over the long in low. I didn't realize he missed that
  • 2 1
 I have always thought that judging should support people throwing down huge and progressing the sport even if our isn't the cleanest over someone throwing down super clean but within the current limits
  • 9 7
 the judges quickly becoming the punchline of slopestyle
  • 5 2
 Naw, they did a good job.
  • 5 7
 Someone needs to tell the judges to go judge figure skating. Mountain Biking is about progression and going huge, not how beautiful your landings are. Flow and smoothness should not be as big as factors as they are. (Sorry Brandon gotta give Nicholi some credit). It truly is a tough decision on who won this one.
  • 9 1
 I'm not gonna discount smoothness on a course like this, I wouldn't be able to air the thing without having slip ups. I think smoothness is a big factor. Most of these guys are dirtjumpers and thats absolutely something they value.
  • 5 7
 If I wanted to watch smooth runs. I'd just loop Unreal all day. I watch Crankworx to see guys throw progressive tricks that no one else is doing, or even capable of. If it's linky smooth, all the better.

This contest reminds me of do they want?

Cam doesn't know.
  • 3 2
 Granieri was robbed ! No Top Ten for a clean run with tricks that nobody else do !!!
  • 2 4
 Rogatkin and Rheeder got robbed, also Torquato Testa's it was a maybe 85/88 run, not a 81.
Max Fredriksson got a way bigger score, his runs was a maybe 75 run, not a 80 run. Why is even this guy in the diamond series?
And also judges favourite (semenuk) of course win.
Just another day in the diamont series...
  • 2 2
 I wont deny rogatkins awesome.talent. However its brandons precision and slippery smooth combos that wins this day.
  • 2 1
 I got robbed - of the Replay.
  • 2 0
 What happened to Logan
  • 3 0
 Also wondering. Anyone know?
  • 1 0
 where can i watch the whole ss competition
  • 2 1
 Brandon got his Rotorua win. Rogatkin from here on out.
  • 1 2
 FMB, REDBULL, OTHER ORGANIZERS: do a 5 piece podium like at World-cups! The top 5 TOTALLY deserve to stand up there and get champagne showered!
  • 2 3
 Rogatkin got robed
  • 3 6
 What was more rob, rampage or this?
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