We had started the day with stronger conditions for the men and the first semi-final exploded to life with three riders breaking through the 30 point barrier.
2021 World Champion Arthur Guillebert put on one of the best performances we’ve ever seen from him, not only locking Maxime Chabloz from the final, but he also kept the two in-form Brazilians at bay.
Guillebert pulled out the highest heat score of the day in the second semi-final with all four of his counting scores in the high 8 point range.
Current tour leader Manoel Soares is a definite contender here and followed Guillebert through to the final in second. The Brazilian stomped a 9 point score for his near perfect heart attack 7 and only lost the lead to the Frenchman in the very final stages of the heat.
Chabloz and Mario found themselves in the unusual position of not qualifying for the final.
Colombian Juan Rodriguez continues his hot form and won the other semi final thanks to a constant barrage of tricks, loaded with height and power. Gianmaria Coccoluto couldn’t quite match the Colombian’s scores, but also qualified for the final.