Martin Söderström wins Vienna Air King 2009!

The best dirt jumpers from all over Europe, the United States and Australia celebrated the beginning of the contest season during the Vienna Air King on April 4th and 5th.

Martin Söderström at Vienna Air King 2009.  Copyright: David UlrichThe 19 years old Swedish young gun Martin Söderström showed the most stunning tricks and became first. Paul Basagoitia from Minden, USA, secured himself the Best-Trick-Competition with an excellent 360 tailwhip on the step down at Vienna Air King’s starting tower.

The conditions were just perfect on the first weekend of April: it was not only sunny and warm, but the dirt track and its big sized doubles were also great shaped by the course designer and local Andi Brewi. No wonder that overall 100.000 visitors made their way to the Bike Festival, which hosted the Vienna Air King the fourth year in a row. The riders showed the jelling crowds their newest tricks in three runs during the finals on Sunday, whereof the best one counted.

It was Martin Söderström, who had a lot of pressure on his third run since he blew the first two runs. But he was rocking in his last run: a clean 360 at the step down, double tailwhip at the first jump, followed by a 360 on the second, and a bar spin on the third set, as well as a 540 at the quarter pipe. That’s what a winning run should look like – well-deserved, Martin took home 2.500 Euros of prize money and a Panasonic cam.

Lance McDermott at Vienna Air King.  Copyright: David UlrichThe German Amir Kabbani also showed a stunning run: no foot can at the step down, no handed Backflip, 360 barspin to x-up, a tailwhip at the last double and a barspin at the quarter. The second place, a cam and 1.800 Euros made his day.

Third place was reserved for Paul Basagoitia from the US after showing a 360 at the step down, a backflip at the first set, a 360 x-up one foot at the second set, and finishing with two tailwhips – one at the last double and one at the quarter. Congrats to the KONA rider, because winning the best trick comp and placing in the Top3 in one event is more than ordinary. The Brits, especially Sam Pilgrim and Lance McDermott, were in great shape, finishing 4th and 5th with tricks like flairs in the quarter (both), a backflip no hand (Sam), a backflip at the step down or a frontflip in the first set (Lance).

It was also Lance, who already stoked the spectators with his huge flair look down at the quarter-pipe during the Best-Trick-Competition on Saturday afternoon.

The other finalists of the Vienna Air King did their best to impress the crowds. The spectators went nuts and were screaming until the final Top 15 riders of the Vienna Air King 2009 had finished their three runs:

  1st   Martin Söderström  (SWE)  NS Bikes  
  2nd   Amir Kabbani  (GER)  Cannondale  
  3rd   Paul Basagoitia  (USA)  Kona  
  4th   Sam Pilgrim  (GBR)  Diamondback  
  5th   Lance McDermott  (GBR)  Scott  
  6th   Thomas Zejda  (CZE)  Horsefeathers  
  7th   Sam Reynolds  (GBR)  DMR   
  8th   Bartosz Obukowicz  (POL)  NS Bikes  
  9th   Andi Wittmann  (GER)  Giant  
  10th   Linus Sjöholm  (SWE)  Scott  
  11th   Ferenc Horváth  (HUN)  Orbea  
  12th   Daniel Madzia  (AUT)      
  13th   Ramon Hunziker  (SUI)  Specialized  
  14th   Philipp Frühwirth  (AUT)      
  15th   Pascal  Breitenstein  (SUI)  Kona

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