Americans Cameron Naasz and Amanda Trunzo dominate on home soil in Boston
Written by Daniel Ortelli 9 February
Double ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship winner Cameron Naasz moved closer to a third title by winning the final Red Bull Crashed Ice of the 2018/19 season at Fenway, Boston, USA on Saturday night. Fellow American rider, Amanda Trunzo, made it a clean sweep for the USA in the first-ever Crashed Ice in a stadium setting to continue her 100 percent record in Red Bull Crashed Ice races this winter.
Naasz, who had started his weekend as a clear favourite by posting the best time in Friday morning's time trials, was untouchable in Boston, winning all five races he took part in on a 350m artificial ice track in perfect condition.
Benefiting from huge support inside Fenway, Naasz silenced his rivals in the final by making the best start, as often he does, and leading from top to bottom. He won with a decent margin over Austrian Luca Dallago, who passed defending world champion, Scott Croxall,on the inside of the last portion of the track. France's Tristan Dugerdil, the surprise guest of this very special party on ice, dived on the line, but had to be content with fourth.
"I don't even know what happened. I didn't look back at all, but I felt that the guys were on me. There was some good racing tonight, and the crowd was amazing. I hope we do a lot more of these races in the near future," Naasz said in the finish area. "I like this track, it's very technical and there are some very tricky features, so it's right up my alley."
In the meantime, the video judge checked the photo finish to confirm that Croxall claimed the last spot on the podium, behind Naasz and Dallago.
Naasz's two main title rivals had a tough night. Kyle Croxall, the winner in Jyväskylä, finished 30th after being knocked out of his heat in the Round of 32 by a very efficient French duo composed of Dugerdil and his training partner Pacôme Schmitt. Then, double junior world champion Mirko Lahti made a mistake at the start of his quarter final and never managed to recover, finishing 13th overall.
"I told you last week there was going to be a show. I was hungry for that one. Last week hurt, so this feels great," Naasz added.
One week ago in Jyväskylä, he was eliminated prematurely and lost the lead in the ATSX Ice Cross Downhill World Championship title race. He 's now back to the top spot, following two wins in three Red Bull Crashed Ice races (Yokohama and Boston), and with only two ATSX 500 races remain on the calendar, in Mont du Lac (USA) and La Sarre (Canada).
In the Women's final, Amanda Trunzo was just as dominant, making it a hat trick of Red Bull Crashed Ice wins this winter ahead of Canada's Myriam Trépanier and another American, Tamara Meuwissen. Swiss title contender Anaïs Morand, usually a strong skater, lacked power on this track and finished fourth, ahead of Jacqueline Légère, who won the small final and took fifth.
Red Bull Crashed Ice Boston Men's results
- Camern Naaaz (USA
- Luca Dallago (AUT)
- Scott Croxall (CAN)
- Tristan Dugerdil (FRA)
- Tommy Mertz (USA)
- Michael Iulianello (USA)
- Matt Johnson (USA)
- Shayne Renaud (CAN)
- Jim De Paoli (SUI)
- Antti Tolvanen (FIN)
Red Bull Crashed Ice Boston Women's results
- Amanda Trunzo (USA)
- Myriam Trépanier (CAN)
- Tamara Meuwissen (USA)
- Anaïs Morand (SUI)
- Jacqueline Légère (CAN)
- Tamara Kajah (CAN)
- Junko Yamamoto (JPN)
- Maxie Planté (CAN)
- Elaine Topolnisky (CAN)
- Emma Krieter (USA)