cott Croxall makes it 2 in a row with Riders Cup win in Jyväskylä
Canada’s Scott Croxall extended his winning streak to two straight races on Saturday with a resounding victory at the Riders Cup race in Jyväskylä, Finland — one of four new Riders Cup races this year in Red Bull Crashed Ice – the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship 2015– and just beat his brother Kyle in a thrilling race down the 430-meter long track and 40-meter descent with its six jumps, nine corners, bumps, and other challenging obstacles such as the dramatic U–turn finish in a stadium.
Scott Croxall, who had been bizarrely winless in 13 finals before finally breaking the ice in style a week earlier with his first-ever victory at the Red Bull Crashed Ice race in Helsinki, was on fire once again in northern Finland in front of a crowd of nearly 3,000 spectators that braved -5 degrees temperatures and icy winds. He grabbed his second straight win and collected 250 world championship points after winning 1,000 points last week in Helsinki.
“It was good to get my first Red Bull Crashed Ice win last week in Helsinki followed by my second one here at the Riders Cup,” said Croxall. “This creates good momentum and possibly a streak to the final race at home in Canada.”
The four Riders Cup races organized “by riders for riders” run alongside the four major Red Bull Crashed Ice stops and award one-fourth as many world championship points as the four major stops in Saint Paul, Helsinki, Belfast and Edmonton.
At the third of four Riders Cup stops on Saturday organized by Finland’s former world champion Arttu Pihlainen in his northern Finland hometown, it was an all-Canada sweep on the podium as William Dutton, a former Olympic long track speed skater, took third place to get his first podium. Local hero Tini Heikilää of Finland was fourth.
There were 107 of the world’s best international and national Ice Cross Downhill athletes from 15 nations taking part in the competition, including six women.
On a fantastic night for Ice Cross Downhill racing, the Croxall brothers also made history as the first brother act to take the top two spots on the podium. It was a disappointing race for defending champion Marco Dallago, who won the last Riders Cup race he organized in the Austrian Alpine resort of Wagrain-Kleinarl, and his brother Luca Dallago as both were eliminated in the round of 32. Earlier, Marco Dallago had posted a track record with the fastest qualifying time with 27.61 seconds. The first Riders Cup stop in Afton Alps/Hastings was won by American Cameron Naasz.
The next major Red Bull Crashed Ice stop is next Saturday in Belfast, Northern Ireland with Kyle Croxall still leading the world championship standings and the fourth and final Riders Cup stop is in Sherbrooke, Québec (Canada) on March 6-7.
Results: 1. Scott Croxall (CAN), 2. Kyle Croxall (CAN), 3. William Dutton (CAN). 4. Tini Heikilää (FIN). 5. Jim De Paoli (SUI), 6. Cameron Naasz (USA), 7. Derek Wedge (SUI), 8. Miikka Jouhkimainen (FIN), 9. John Fisher (CAN), 10. Janis Luetolf (SUI)
Results women: 1. Jaqueline Legere (CAN), 2. Alice Zenz (AUT)
Text from Red Bull crashed Ice Media house