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8 key takeaways from Crankworx Rotorua 2020

Didn't have time to keep up with all the Crankworx action? Get your water-cooler knowledge with a selection of key moments from New Zealand that you may have missed.
By Faye Brozek and Rajiv Desai
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Crankworx World Tour

Crankworx World Tour

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Emil Johansson

SwedenSweden

Erik Fedko

GermanyGermany

Brook MacDonald

New ZealandNew Zealand

Jill Kintner

United StatesUnited States

Dawid Godziek

PolandPoland
With a jam-packed festival lineup at Crankworx Rotorua, it's safe to say you may have missed out on some of the action. Fear not, as you can recap on all the replays, winning runs and results here and if you're after something a bit more top-line, scroll down for eight of the key takeaways from the opening round of the Crankworx World Tour.

It was one of the best Slopestyle competitions ever seen

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The Roll Out – Slopestyle Rotorua
There were so many highlights to this year's slopestyle contest, from Emil Johansson showing us two new tricks never seen before in competition, to Nicolai Rogatkin getting back on the podium after an unsuccessful 2019 and Erik Fedko delivering new moves to take third place.
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What goes on... at Crankworx Rotorua? part 2

Remy Morton joins the Red Bull family

Australian big-hitter Remy Morton was surprised by downhill rider Brook MacDonaldwith the presentation of his very own Red Bull helmet. Morton puts his hand to everything from freeride to downhill and dirt jumping, and has been making waves in the Fest Series with his ability to send huge jumps.
Absolutely speechless! Today one of my biggest dreams ever became a reality. I can't thank everyone enough who made this opportunity happen and for all of you who got me to this point
Remy Morton

The era of Emil is upon us

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Emil Johansson's winning slopestyle run – Rotorua
Emil Johansson put down an incredible run at Crankworx Rotorua, scoring 96.00 from the judges and treating the crowds to two brand-new tricks in the shape of a 360 Windshield Wiper and Switch Triple Whip. Taking the win at the slopestyle means that Johansson is now the only rider who could win the coveted Triple Crown of Slopestyle title, on offer to any rider who can win all three Crankworx Slopestyle events in a single year.
The Swedish rider is still working out how to compete with the auto-immune disease that crippled his previous season, but if his Rotorua results are anything to go by, it looks like Johansson is going to have an incredible season.

The battle for the Queen of Crankworx could be the best yet

Jill Kintner rides at the Speed and Style at Crankworx in Rotorua, New Zealand 2020.
Kintner is back to reclaim her crown
With the return of Jill Kintner to Crankworx proceedings and Canada's Vaea Verbeeck determined to hold onto her 2019 crown, we could be in for something special as Crankworx moves on to Innsbruck and Whistler in the summer months.
Kintner took a hiatus from Crankworx last year, having taken the Queen of Crankworx for the third straight year in 2018 and on her return she's found that Verbeeck has upped her game and is more a complete rider to the one she competed against in 2018. Verbeeck is not the only name that Kintner needs to be wary of, though, as Jordy Scott won both Pump Track and Speed and Style in Rotorua.

The Men's Pump Track final was like watching clones race

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Tommy Zula's winning Pump Track run – Rotorua
It was like watching a mirror-image, as teammates Tommy Zula and Collin Hudson took to the Men's Pump Track finals. Wearing the same helmets and in similar kit, the two riders mirrored each others moves and crossed the finish in unison, with the score board declaring both as winners. In the final heat they were once again neck-and-neck, but Zula managed to cross the line a mere 0.01s ahead of Hudson to take the gold.

Dawid Godziek went all-out for the fans

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Dawid Godziek's slopestyle run – Rotorua
Dawid Godziek sadly wasn't able to put in a top to bottom full run in during the slopestyle contest. A bad landing hampered his initial run and he crashed on the on-off box on his second run, with his bike balancing precariously on the edge of the feature. Godziek didn't give up, though, and with the crowd cheering him on he continued his run, sending an incredible Twister, Front Cork 1080 and No Hander, which he landed with a bang – literally – as his rear tyre blew out.

Brook Macdonald was back in the pits

It was good to see 'The Bulldog', Brook Macdonald, taking in events at Crankworx this week past week and greeting all with that infectious smile of his. Six months have passed since Macdonald suffered his serious spinal injury at the 2019 World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne. Thankfully, everything is pointing to Macdonald being able to make a full recovery. There's been a lot of hard work going into his rehabilitation and the coming weeks will see further surgery to aid that.
Macdonald's back to riding his downhill bike out on trails, so hopefully we'll see him back racing downhill and winning in Rotorua next year.

Siblings make it a double celebration

Tracey Hannah and Mick Hannah at the end of the downhill races at Crankworx Rotorua in Rotorua, New Zealand on March 8, 2020.
Tracey and Mick Hannah were understandably stoked with their wins
There can't be many times that the Hannah siblings have shared a podium for winning their respective races at a strong international race, so Sunday's Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by Gull will surely live long in the memory for both Mick Hannah, Tracey Hannah and their family.
The last time both Hannahs won on the same weekend at a major race was the Australian nationals in 2013. Tracy, as we know, is the current Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup overall champion and she's used to winning races. Mick, while not a veteran, is certainly no spring chicken, so it was good to see him outpace some of the younger talent in that field including many of his fellow World Cup racers.
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Crankworx World Tour

Crankworx World Tour

New Zealand

Emil Johansson

SwedenSweden

Erik Fedko

GermanyGermany

Brook MacDonald

New ZealandNew Zealand

Jill Kintner

United StatesUnited States

Dawid Godziek

PolandPoland