Quoi dire d'autre sur le cote sportif du weekend de course a Valkenburg que c'etait assurement la meilleure competition de Ice Cross Downhill jamais presentee!! Des la premiere ronde, ronde des 64, nous avons eu droit des "Heats" de niveau de quart de finale. Par exemple, le premier "Heat" opposant Sebastien Morissette a Kyle Croxall, actuel leader au championnat du monde, et a Kilian Braun qui avait reussi le meilleur temps en qualification devant les 174 autres competiteurs present.
Le finlandais tenant du titre du champion du monde en 2011, n'a pas atteint la grande finalepour le premiere fois en depuis deux ans, pendant que leader au Championnat 2012, Kyle Croxall l'emportait pour accentuer son avance et prendre une serieuse option sur le titre pour cette annee.
Voyez les images des finales de la 2e manche du Championnat du monde qui a couronne, pour une deuxieme fois d'affilee, le Canadien Kyle Croxall, devant le Finlandais Paavo Klintrup, l'Allemand, Fabian Mels et, le frere de l'autre, Scott Croxall.
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Kyle Croxall doubled up with a second successive victory in Valkenburg as the Canadian pushes his claims to be the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion for 2012. Croxall, who saw off rival, and current incumbent, Arttu Pihlainen in the semi-final, finished ahead of rising star Fabian Mels, of Germany, in a hard-fought final. There was a Finn on the Dutch podium, but, for once, it was not Pihlainen, with the champion’s compatriot, Paavo Klintrup, completing the top three. Click here for the full results, featuring every athlete, and find out what it means for the 2012 world championship Croxall, the runner-up in 2011, widened his lead at the top of the 2012 world championship standings with the spectacular come-from-behind victory in front of 25,000 frenzied spectators on the most difficult Red Bull Crashed Ice track ever built. Mels was leading the four finalists through the challenging series of bumps, jumps and a high-speed abyss but he stumbled briefly on one tricky hurdle, giving Croxall the opening he needed to take the lead. It was Croxall's second straight race win after taking the season opener in Saint Paul and fourth career victory. It was a disappointing race for Kyle's brother, Scott Croxall, who looked like he was headed for his first win after posting a series of crushing victories in each of the four-man heats from the Round of 64 to the finals. But one of Croxall’s skates broke near the top of the track and he ended up fourth. Switzerland's Kilian Braun, who had posted the fastest qualifying time on Friday and beat Kyle Croxall in two of their three heats on Saturday, failed to finish any higher than fifth. “I guess I just wanted to win this more than anyone else,” said Kyle Croxall, who had struggled on Friday with only the 17th fastest time after injuring his shoulder in a heavy crash. “Everyone’s improving so much and it’s getting harder all the time.” The 575-metre-long track was the longest and fastest in the history of the sport, with riders accelerating to over 70kph. The start ramp was a frightening seven-metre drop on a 50-degree angle. Another of the standout performers was Swiss athlete Derek Wedge, who qualified for the race after attending one of the Dutch qualifiers. The dreadlocked daredevil impressed the other athletes with his skating skill en route to a 16th-placed finish. Dutch racer Roby Haazen, meanwhile, scooped the MINI Rookie Award. Next stop in the 2012 World Championship is Are, Sweden, in just two weeks
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