Not making it through round one were Tim Eichert (Germany) who had a bad crash again which gave a green light to Ronnie Remo who was back on the bike again after knee surgery. The Benni Kopp - Mike Mancuso battle was fierce. Mancuso flaired his way into the next round but Kopp had friends in the crowd and made it in through the Text Message voting. A Relentless Shaun Eglinton was beaten by Zach Shaw and Eduardo Terreros from Spain showed up to send Jan Jilek to the showers early. Jan actually rode well and pulled clean flairs. Fabian Giess was no competition for Francisco Zurita but Fabian had a good time riding with his friends and pulling new moves. Paul Mearcher had the height, the endurance and the flow but lacked in the variation division to be able to beat Chad Kagy. Sven Kabosch was doing no-handers that could have indicated that he was giving up against Simon Tabron. Nobody wants to ride against Simon in a head to head contest so there's nothing to be ashamed of for the Swiss vert rider.
BMX - Vert
Heat 1 Tim Eichert - Ronnie Remo
Heat 2 Benni Kopp - Mike Mancuso
Heat 3 Shaun Eglington - Zack Shaw
Heat 4 Eduardo Terreros - Jan Jilek
Heat 5 Fabian Giess - Francisco Zurita
Heat 6 Paul Meacher - Chad Kagy
Heat 7 Simon Tabron - Sven Kabosch
Lucky Loser: Benni Kopp
8 riders left and it wasn't Benni Kopp's lucky day as he got teamed up against Simon Tabron. Simon won and Germany had just lost their only German competitor that they had left in the vert contest. Eduardo crashed hard enough to sit out the rest of the contest which gave Zach Shaw a free ride to the next round. Mike Mancuso hurt his arm bad enough to sit out the contest too so Coco moved on the the final four. Chad Kagy had to ride against Ronnie Remo but basically Chad only needed 25 seconds to convince everyone that he was the better rider in this heat.
Heat 8 Zack Shaw - Eduardo Terreros
Heat 9 Mike Mancuso - Francisco Zurita
Heat 10 Ronnie Remo - Chad Kagy
Heat 11 Benni Kopp - Simon Tabron
Four riders left. The semi final had Simon and Chad transfer to the main and left Coco and Shaw battling for third place. Francisco has great style on vert and didn't lose height after dropping in from the big roll-in. Zach Shaw kept digging out of his big bag of tricks and rode very well considering he had not been riding much. 3 kids and 7 dogs will do that to you but Zach has the experience and makes it count when needed. Bronze went to Chile though and Francisco was stoked.
Heat 12 Francisco Zurita - Chad Kagy
Heat 13 Zack Shaw - Simon Tabron
4th Place: Zack Shaw 3rd Place: Francisco Zurita
Simon and Chad were the born finalists in Berlin but anything can happen as we did see in the street contest. The final was a good one too but we'll let the movies do the talking of who did what. Simon's clean 900 air closed the deal but it wasn't an easy ride to the $ 6000.= US Dollar check.
Heat 14 Simon Tabron - Chad Kagy
2nd Place: Chad Kagy 1st Place: Simon Tabron
Top three movies:
1 Simon Tabron:
2 Chad Kagy:
3 Francisco "Coco"Zurita: