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The Rockstar Energy Triple Crown series nears the end of its championship battle and only eight points separated first and second place in the chase for the 100k Triple Crown prize money. Round 3 of the Championship battle was hosted inside the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
Dylan Wright #12 – SX1:
After a disappointing opening round of the SX Tour in Montreal, Dylan Wright was sidelined for round two and made his return to racing at round three in the SX1 class. With SX1 teammate in a championship battle, the added competition would prove to be a factor. Qualifying for the night show in 9th place, speculations that Dylan’s motives for the night’s racing were in question so the GDR Honda team decided to have Dylan sit out from the night’s racing to avoid any discrepancies.
Colton Facciotti #45 – SX1:
The tension around the points battle between Facciotti and Triple Crown Series leader, Cole Thompson was peaking in Quebec City. The gap was only 8 points with two main events left to go. With aggressive riding coming into play several times earlier in the Triple Crown series, Facciotti’s strategy was to get the holeshot and check out for the Main Event win and avoid drama. Getting another Royal Distributing Holeshot, Colton clicked off clean laps while leading the entire main event until disaster struck in the last corner from a charging Cole Thompson. Facciotti was ejected across the finish line, but did not remount and went to the hospital for further evaluation. This now drops Facciotti down 11 points from the Triple Crown title with one main event left. At this time, it’s unknown if Colton will be recovered to race round 4.
SX2 Race Results:
1st – Jess Pettis
2nd – Logan Karnow
3rd – Shawn Maffenbeier
4th – Tanner Ward
5th – Marco Cannella
SX2 Championship Standings:
1st – Jess Pettis (90 pts)
2nd – Logan Karnow (79 pts)
3rd – Shawn Maffenbeier (77 pts)
4th – Marco Cannella (65 pts)
5th – Tanner Ward (59 pts)
23rd Dylan Wright (9 pts)
SX1 Race Results:
1st – Cole Thompson
2nd – Colton Facciotti
3rd – Phil Nicoletti
4th – Cody Vanbuskirk
5th – Tyler Medaglia
SX1 Championship Standings:
1st – Cole Thompson (83 pts)
2nd – Colton Facciotti (74 pts)
3rd – Phil Nicoletti (65 pts)
4th – Matt Georke (58 pts)
5th – Tyler Medaglia (58 pts)
For complete results from the 2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series visit the below links:
Domination. Fox riders Brett Rheeder, Andreu Lacondeguy and Ethan Nell sweep the podium at the world’s toughest mountain bike event!
BRETT RHEEDER - 1ST PLACE
In his sixth trip to Red Bull Rampage, Brett Rheeder showed the perfect combination of speed, amplitude, and his patented style to take the top step of the podium and his first Rampage win. His huge styled out flat 360 was done on a line only he attempted and helped to separate him from the competition with a final score of 89.66. He only needed that first run score and his second became a victory lap after waiting out the runs of his competitors. Brett adds this victory to a stunning list of achievements in the sport of Freestyle Mountain Biking. Congrats Brett!
Watch Brett Rheeder Winning Run
ANDREU LACONDEGUY - 2ND PLACE
Always a fan favorite, 2014 Redbull Rampage winner and Mountain Bike legend Andreu Lacondeguy showed passion and precision as he pulled out all the stops and pushed his Fox teammate Brett Rheeder to the limits with his final run. Adding his iconic style to giant airs during his second run he was on a burner until a late crash cemented his second place position with his incredible first run score of 87.33 - only 2 points behind Rheeder. Another Rampage podium adds to his already astonishing competition history, and you can bet he'll be back with his eyes on the top step for 2019!
Watch Andreu Lacondeguy Second Place Run
ETHAN NELL - 3RD PLACE
At only 21 years of age, Ethan Nell has already positioned himself as one of the most exciting new stars in the world of Freestyle Mountain Biking with his second podium at Rampage. Only 2 years ago, Ethan was digging for competitors like Andreu Lacondeguy. He got his first shot at the event in 2017 and made the most of it with a 3rd place finish. He had to up his game dramatically this year to maintain that podium position. His aggressive riding style and in-depth knowledge of the terrain in Virgin, Utah set his first run apart and came in at 86.33 - good enough to best everyone except his two Fox teammates. Big things are on the horizon for Ethan, and we expect him to keep climbing that podium in 2019 and beyond!
Watch Ethan Nell's Third Place Run
Brett, Andreu, and Ethan are part of the Fox MTB Global Freestyle team and compete in our podium proven products including the Rampage Pro Carbon helmet and Flexair jersey's, pants and gloves.