Mike "Hucker" Clark, mid-360 Nick Schrunk/Red Bull Photofiles

Riders have been trickling into Chicago throughout the week for Red Bull Stomping Ground, and the practice session was in full force today. The jumps are firming up and everyone’s figuring out the course ahead of Friday’s Qualifier.

The top five qualifiers will join the pre-qualified riders for Saturday’s Final, which will go down live on Red Bull TV starting at 4:00 p.m. CT. 

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Most of the guys were just feeling things out, throwing whips, threes and flips to gauge speed for the bangers that will happen later. The course features a downhill grade, several transfer possibilities, a half-buried taxi cab and a vert wall, so it’s safe to say that it’s not your average contest set-up.

After practice wrapped up and the jumps were covered with tarps to keep ‘em dry, everyone headed over to 10 Pin for a little bowling action to kick things off right. There were definitely a few guys who were smooth in the lanes, but most of the them look better on the bike. 

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Practice resumes tomorrow morning, and the Qualifier kicks off at 4 p.m. For more on the event, check the official site.

Rider List, Qualifier
1. Brian Hunt
2. Zak Earley
3. Scotty Cranmer
4. Colin Mackay
5. KC Badger
6. Dane Searls
7. Josh Stead
8. Colton Satterfield
9. Ben Voyles
10. Jaie Toohey
11. Rick Moseley
12. Leo Forte
13. Drew Bezanson
14. Alistair Whitton
15. Panagiotis Manaras
16. Mark Mulville
17. Nate Berkheimer
18. Adam Aloise
19. Ronnie Napolitan
20. Seth Klinger
21. Chris Gerber
22. Morgan Wade
23. AJ Anaya
24. Tony Cardona
25. Paul Kintner
26. Lance Mosley
27. Scott Wirch
28. Brett Banasiewicz
29. Pat “Big Daddy” Laughlin
30. Andreu Lacondeguy
31. Clint Reynolds
32. James Nutter 

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