The Ice Cross Downhill World Championship was delicately poised going into the crucial final race of the season in Edmonton, but when it came to the crunch – and there were plenty of those – it was Canada's Scott Croxall who clinched the vital points he needed to take the title.
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You’re wild Edmonton! Thanks for cheering me on.
– Scott Croxall
After wins in Helsinki and Belfast, the younger Croxall took second place on the night to win the championship in front of a crowd of 70,000 and finish with his nose in front of the rest of the band of brothers. He was overjoyed to have become the fifth different Crashed Ice champion in as many seasons: "It feels great. You're wild Edmonton! Thanks for cheering me on. It's amazing. I couldn't be happier."
There was less joy for the rest of the Canadian contingent however, with the USA's Cameron Naasz winning the event itself, thanks to brilliant overtaking moves on both Scott Croxall and Dean Moriarity in the final race of the night. The result saw him leap up the season's standings from sixth to second overall.
Naasz was delighted to have beaten the champion into second place on the night, commenting: "That makes three wins in Red Bull Crashed Ice, [including] one in the Riders Cup this year. Beating this guy... It's unreal."
The third spot on the podium went to Naasz's compatriot, Tommy Mertz, who smashed his previous best finish of 26th.
Naasz's late surge in the standings means that Scott's older brother, 2012 champion Kyle Croxall, had to be satisfied with fourth overall, with Dean and Dylan Moriarity either side of him in third and fifth respectively. 2014 champion Marco Dallago of Austria finished outside the race's top 10, so slipped a place to sixth for the season.
An exciting women's race saw Finland's Salla Kyhala dominate a strong Canadian field to make it two wins from two this season, following her victory in Saint Paul.
Red Bull Crashed Ice 2015 final standings
1. Scott Croxall (CAN) 3325.00pts
2. Cameron Naasz (USA) 2512.50pts
3. Dean Moriarity (CAN) 2375.00pts
4. Kyle Croxall (CAN) 2315.00pts
5. Dylan Moriarity (CAN) 2140.00pts