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Anthony Messere went orbital for his second qualifying run, and his score earned him first place qualifier. He looked super solid and went bigger than everybody, so he'll be a real threat for Saturday's finals. Logan Peat showed everybody that he is well and truly back after several years out of the sport with a stomped run for second place (actually 2 stomped runs - he laid down the same run with more amplitude in run 2 and boosted his first run score by a couple of points).
There was plenty of late drama as McCaul, Pilgrim, and Zink were all on the outside looking in after the 1st run - but as the true champions that they all are, they delivered when it mattered and will be part of the big show. Martin Soderstrom looked completely comfortable qualifying in 5th, holding back some of his bigger tricks for finals no doubt. Slopestyle newcomer Nicholi Rogatkin, fresh off a win at BMX Worlds in Germany, made the big show with a late lawn-dart front flip on the last booter of the course. Although he is less-known in MTB world, this guy has MTB cashrolls and 3 double whips in his arsenal, so look out for him to pull something out of the bag.