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.
The 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.
The 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
Higher, further, faster! On April 19th the world's best athletes of BMX Dirt Jump and Mountainbike Slopestyle will be in Duisburg - Germany - to celebrate the Dirt Session of the T-Mobile Extreme Playgrounds.