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AMPLID rider Tom Wallisch Double Victory in Modena – Teammates Benguerel and Favre on 2nd Places.
One Place, two days, three contests: The city of Modena (Italy) was the battleground for the Amplid Research Cartel and other riders from over 10 countries. Amplid has sent out their top army as well as some young rookies: Tom Wallisch made it all the way from Utah to Modena. Spanish torero Pako Benguerel and shooting star Xavier Favre from France completed the A-Team.
Day I: AUDI GORMITI RAIL CONTEST
Riders began their runs from the top of a 30-foot high snow-covered platform, dropping in to hit a kinked handrail or a straight box and end their show with a log jib.
The judges ranked the competitors based on overall impression of: variety, difficulty, technical ability and the use of course obstacles. At stake was a prize purse of nearly EUR 6,000.
Wallisch baking pretzels.
The AUDI GORMITI RAIL CONTEST went down on the Saturday night as the first contest of the MODENA FREESTYLE MEETING and the riding was top level, with Amplid rider Tom Wallisch being on top of the podium with very safe and stylish a 450in to p270out. This trick pushed his team mate Pako Beguerel to 2nd position after having sticked a nice 270in to p270out.
1 Tom Wallisch (Amplid)
2 Pako Benguerel (Amplid)
3 Marco Eydallin (Nordica)
4 Tobias Vinatzer (Movement)
5 Thomas Krief (Salomon)
Day II Afternoon: GORMITI BIG AIR SPINE CONTEST
A 40m high ramp has been built to give the riders enough speed for the huge corner jump. French shooting star and Amplid ambush rider Xavier Favre got a very good score after 2 perfectly sticked cork7 true nose airs. But this was only enough for 2nd place for Xavier: Tom Wallisch came down switch and pulled an incredible SW5 high-shifty, followed by an awesome cork7 double true nose cross. And stepped up once more onto the top of the podium. 14 year old newcomer Dennis Battisti from Italy became 4th.
French newcomer Xavier Favre
1 Tom Wallisch (Amplid)
2 Xavier Favre (Amplid)
3 Thomas Krief (Salomon)
4 Dennis Battisti (Amplid)
4 Fabio Studer (Head)
6 Markus Eder (Palmer)
Italian rookie Dennis Battisti
Day II Evening: CRANS MONTANA RAIL OPEN BY RIP CURL
One more contest to pass and the riders are will be free to party – in the last heat of the Crans Montana rail contest 3 out of 5 riders where on Amplid. Only Roy Kittler from Germany could beat Tom Wallisch this time. 2 rookies from France – the Lebrun brothers Bastien and Nicolas endedup 3rd and 4th.
1 Roy Kittler (Dynastar)
2 Tom Wallisch (Amplid)
3 Bastien Lebrun (Amplid)
4 Thomas Krief (Salomon)
4 Nicolas Lebrun (Amplid)
“Italy is a great place to compete,” says Wallisch, “the crowds are really pushing my riding. I will come back for sure !”
Also Pako enjoyed this weekend very much. “I am used to latino vibes amongst the spectators, but Modena was insane. So much fun …!”
Last men standing: Tom and Pako, dawnpatrol in Italy.