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Emil Johansson lands six World Firsts at Nine Knights

How's that for progression?

Flip Whip to Bar to Table Top
Flip Quint Bar Spin (five bar spins)
Flip Bar to Tuck to Bar to Can Can
Flip Double Bar to Tuck to Bar
Flip Triple Bar to Tuck
Flip Triple Bar to Can Can

We can barely say them but Emil Johansson can land them all in less than half an hour as he proved at Nine Knights last weekend. All of them are World Firsts as slopestyle continues to progress at breakneck speed. Hot on the heels of his second place at Crankworx Joyride, it’s been one hell of a year for the Swede who’s barely old enough to order a pint!

Unfortunately there are only three of the new tricks in the video above, we hope the rest get put out soon!

Here’s the full facts from Nine Knights:

Current Freestyle Mountain Bike world champion Emil Johansson (SWE) put down six never before landed tricks during the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB Contest, at Reschenpass in South Tyrol, Italy, to win the Slopestyle Bike category. In the last 25 minutes of a 99-minute jam format contest, Johansson landed an array of new flip combinations to beat Italian Diego Caversazi, whose Frontflip Superman and Cash Roll on the Sendolf Kicker earned him second place. As Diego and Emil pushed each other and the possibilities of technical Slopestyle biking to the extreme, most other athletes decided to participate in the Downhill / Big Bike Category, so there was no third participant to round out the podium.

“It’s been an awesome week and taking 1 st place is just the icing on the cake,“ says Johansson. “I never get to hit jumps that big outside of contests, so it was great to be able to try new tricks, especially with the airbag. I landed a few world firsts and I am definitely happy with that.“

Meanwhile, Brit Sam Reynolds, who served as course designer for the last two editions, took first place in the downhill bike category, besting Nico Scholze (GER) and Clemens Kaudela (AUT). Reynolds performed a “Flintstone” and a “Superseat” on the Sendolf Kicker with his Big Bike, sent a massive Quarterpipe air, and sped down the huge Big Bertha line in style. “It feels great to win the contest,” explains Reynolds, “but, as course builder, I’m especially happy that it went well and that everyone enjoyed it. The week at Suzuki Nine Knights is always special; we ride together, we’re not competing but working together to make amazing videos and photos.”

Following close in second place, Nico Scholze put down a “Flatspin Nac” and a “Backflip Tsunami” on the Sendolf, as well as a huge “Backflip Heel clicker” on the Big Bertha kicker. Clemens Kaudela’s Big Bertha Line combos, a “Flip Tuck”, not to mention a huge Quarterpipe air helped earn the Austrian course builder a well deserved third place.

These incredible accomplishments round out a week of outstanding athlete driven progression, which have pushed the limits of freeride mountain biking. Most notably, last year’s FMB world tour champion, Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) landed a never before done “1080 Twister” on a downhill bike, besting his world’s first Cashroll on a downhill bike at his first Suzuki Nine Knights MTB appearance in 2015. Additionally, podium finishers Sam Reynolds and Clemens Kaudela both broke Kaudela’s previous record for highest air out of a Quarterpipe, with Reynolds edging 20 cm higher than his fellow course builder.

*Suzuki Nine Knights MTB has and will always be an event that prioritizes the rider experience. Due to this fact, the Public Contest Day scheduled for September 9 th was canceled because of bad weather on the mountain; making riding impossible. Therefore, the riders agreed to use the results from qualifiers from the previous day, as the event’s final contest results.

Be sure to head to nineknightsmtb.com for more information on the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB and check back on nineknights.com for all upcoming event information for winter 2018.

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