4TH VICTORY IN A ROW FOR FINNISH RIDER VILLE UOTILA IN THE SEVENTH EDITION OF THE TOTAL FIGHT MASTERS OF FREESTYLE.
The Fins dominated the podium: 1st Ville Uotila, 2nd Valtteri Paunonen, 3rd Nuuti Niemela
The Total Fight Masters of Freestyle seems to keep picking up speed in this, the 2011 edition of the event held in the Andorran resort of Grandvalira. Thanks to the hard work of the park shapers and the enthusiasm of the riders and the public who cheered on from the stadium, the 4 star Swatch TTR World Tour event, sponsored by Coca Cola and Burton, shone even brighter this year; Spectacular tricks in a spectacular park!
At 11:30h on the dot, the Finnish rider Janne Lipsanen was the first rider out of 32 to enter the park after coming first in the qualification rounds on Friday. In the first phase of the competition, the Finnish rider Ville Uotila scored the highest points with a Switch BS9,BS5 followed by a Switch FS9 Mute, a stunning run which won the heart of the judges and public alike. But Uotila wasn't the only one pushing the limit, his fellow Scandinavians were killing it.
In the quarter finals, the riders had to pull their most spectacular tricks to try and nudge out their opponent, since only four riders would be left for the finals. The Finnish rider Ville Uotila was pitched against the Argentinean rider Facundo Vial, Finnish rider Nuuti Niemela was pitched against his fellow countrymen Tommi Rokolampi, the Argentinean Matias Schmitt was against another Scandinavian, Norwegian Joachim Krogstie and last but by no means least, a Finnish rider against a Norwegian rider in the shape of Valtteri Paunonen against Julius Oedegaard.
The finals of the Total Fight 2011 were by far the most entertaining part of the competition, with riders Ville Uotila, Valtteri Paunonen, Matias Schmitt and Nuuti Niemela pulling the day's most gnarly tricks. At this point in the competition, they each had three opportunities to impress the judges and score points.
Everyone's favourite, Ville Uotila, had a bad landing in his first round on the Big Air whilst the Argentinean Matias Schmitt made the public stand up in awe with his Double Backflip on the Big Air. But Uotila had no intention on passing up on yet another victory and came back on form with his next round: BS10, BS5 Indy finishing off with a Switch BS9 Mute on the Tank rail.
And this is how Ville Uotila won his 4th victory in a row as Master of Freestyle in the seventh edition of the Total Fight. The stoked Finnish rider said: "I'm super happy, the park was on top form and I definitely think that the Total Fight should have 5 stars on the Swatch TTR World Tour"
It's important to point out the Argentinean rider Matias Schmitt's amazing performance, he was a non-invited rider and went on to win 4th place in the competition.
FINAL CLASSIFICATION OF THE 2011 TOTAL FIGHT
1st – Ville Uotila (FIN – Atomic)
2nd – Valtteri Paunonen (FIN – Atomic)
3rd – Nuuti Niemela (FIN – Burton)
4th – Matias Schmitt (ARG – Slidewayz)