Red Bull Rampage 2012: Photos from qualifying

The best images from Friday's round of qualifying at Red Bull Rampage

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Calm before the storm
Riders, officials and fans gather before the qualifier at Red Bull Rampage

Calm before the storm

Riders, officials and fans gather before the start of qualifying on Friday

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Rider briefing
Red Bull Rampage Competition Organizer Todd Barber leads the riders meeting prior to the qualifying round of Red Bull Rampage

Rider briefing

Red Bull Rampage is a fearsome competition. Riders must be aware of information on rules and health/safety matters. Red Bull Rampage Competition organiser Todd Barber made sure every rider was listening

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Climb to ride
Competitors climb to the top of the course at Red Bull Rampage

Climb to ride

Give the unique nature and surroundings of Red Bull Rampage getting a bike up to the start gate is no easy task

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Prepare to ride!
Garrett Buehler, Brendan Howey and Brett Rheeder wait at the top of the course prior to the qualifying round

Prepare to ride!

Riders had to queue up to wait their turn before starting their qualifying runs. Here Garrett Buehler, Brendan Howey and Brett Rheeder look out to the Utah landscape as they wait their turn

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Taking the Drop
Belgium's Nico Vink starts his qualifying run at Red Bull Rampage

Taking the Drop

Belgium's Nico Vink starts his qualifying run. Riders are immediately greeted with a huge drop off the mountain when they start at Rampage. Vink qualified in 6th place for the Red Bull Rampage final on Sunday

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Trick gamble
Kyle Norbraten rides during qualifying at Red Bull Rampage

Trick gamble

Kyle Norbraten gambled on doing a 360 during his run. It impressed the judges with Norbraten qualifying third for Sunday's final

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Genon strikes out
Belgium's Thomas Genon rides during qualifier at Red Bull Rampage 2012

Genon strikes out

Thomas Genon was a surprise winner of Red Bull Joyride. The big mountain riding of Rampage doesn't suit his style but he gave it his best. He finished out of the qualifying spots

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Mind the gap
Cameron McCaul rides the Canyon Gap in qualifying at Red Bull Rampage 2012

Mind the gap

The canyon gap is one of the most feared obstacles at Rampage but Cameron McCaul made it look easy after clearing the gap in qualifying. McCaul qualified first for Sunday's final

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Söderstrom on target
Sweden's Martin Söderström in action at qualification for Red Bull Rampage 2012

Söderstrom on target

Sweden's Martin Söderström qualified in 9th place for Sunday's Red Bull Rampage final and will challenge Brendan Semenuk for the overall FMB World Tour title. Here he tackles a dirt jump out on the Rampage course

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Brendan flies
Brendan Howey take part in qualifying at Red Bull Rampage

Brendan flies

A case of look mum no hands for Brendan Howey as he pulls off a no-hander off a drop out on the Rampage course

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Happy qualifiers
Competitors that qualified for the finals at Red Bull Rampage pose on the podium

Happy qualifiers

Martin Söderström poses with some of his fellow qualifiers at the end of qualifying for Red Bull Rampage. The Red Bull Rampage finals takes place Sunday. You can watch it on RedBull.TV from 9pm CET

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