Heat 1 –
The first heat of the day was a close one for all three riders, Valentin Garat from France, Valentin Rodriguez from Colombia and Louka Pitot from France/Mauritius. Rodriguez was keen to once again make a name for himself at this event, and managed to pull out some impressive riding from the very start, including a massive Heart Attack 5 scoring 9.03. He just managed to place himself above Garat, meaning he passes directly to Round 3. Garat rode a good heat, despite two crashed trick attempts, and finished in second position followed by Louka Pitot who started the heat well with a Front Blind Mobe and well executed Backside 315, but failed on his last two attempts. Both Garat and Pitot will have another chance in Round 2.
Heat 2 –
Former World Champion Alex Pastor came up against the winnner from yesterday’s Qualifier Championship, Gianmaria Coccoluto, and Lituanian newcomer Domantas Jusionis. Coccoluto continued on yesterday’s strong performance, and cleared an impressive heat with well scored tricks, including a Backside 317 and Heart Attack 5. Alex Pastor started off strong with his KGB5 followed by his Backside 315, and finished the heat with well executed Slim7 scoring 8.2, but it wasn’t enough to advance in 1st place, as he struggled with his knee injury. Coccoluto advances directly to Round 3 after riding an outstanding heat, whilst Pastor and Jusionis will pass to Round 2.
Heat 3 –
Jerome Cloetens from France/Belgium has been riding impressively well throughout the event, and today was no exception. His trick list included a Double Heart Attack and Backside 315, but he unfortunately crashed two trick attempts which cost him points. Former World Champion Youri Zoon from the Netherlands struggled to catch up to him, but made up for it towards the end of the heat with clean Slim7 scoring 8.77 which boosted him up into 1st position, allowing him to pass directly to Round 3. Cloetens and Joselito del Rosario will get a second chance in Round 2.
Heat 4 –
Set Teixeira from Brazil had a great start to the event, landing his tricks very consistently and with good scores. He managed to gain a large lead above his other competitors, guaranteeing him the spot in Round 3. Paul Serin rode hard to try and catch up to him, and young competitor Edgar Ulrich also from France was not far behind. Both Ulrich and Serin will have a second chance in Round 2.