Making the Cut at Red Bull Rampage 2012

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The bird was in the air, which means things are officially heating up at the Red Bull Rampage. - Turman
Standings after run one of two. Every rider's goal was to make it above that black line... and to survive. - Collins
Brendan Fairclough was the second rider to leave the start, and the first rider to have a big crash. He redeemed himself on his second run, though. - Trumpore
Fairclough wound up 12th on the day, just barely squeaking by. Chances are very good that his score will improve in the finals, when he plans to hit his canyon gap. - Trumpore
Casey Groves and Anthony Messere both rode the same line. Unfortunately Messere missed the cut due to crashes in both runs. - Turman
Casey's run was smooth for being on a small bike. Well, small for Rampage, that is. 11th on the day. - Collins
Red Bull really does give you wings. Messere flying high. - Turman
Garrett Buehler charging. Despite some serious boost and sideways whip action, he didn't qualify for Sunday's main event. - Turman
Kelly McGarry is bummed. A pre-Rampage film session turned for the worst when he crashed, breaking his leg and leaving him on the sidelines. - Turman
Martin Soderstrom styled his way to 9th place. - Trumpore
Soderstrom with a big whip in the lower zone. His rear wheel skimmed over the dirt corner. - Collins
Mik Hannah using that World Cup DH talent up top. At 15th place, he's got motivation and time to hone his freeride skills over the next year. - Trumpore
Mike Hopkins BLASTING. This step down was huge, and Mike somehow managed to overshoot the entire landing during his first run. - Turman
The upper portion of Mike's run was dialed. - Collins
Brendan Howey slotted in at 8th on the day with his smooth style and some big moves. - Turman
Kenny Smith, down and out. - Trumpore
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The hane caught up with Kenny this time, but he's eager for the next Rampage. - Turman
Wil White hucking. Check out the hair! 13th on the day and a chance that he'll make finals as the first alternate. - Collins
Just because qualifiers were going on doesn't mean the build stops. The Aptos crew slaves away on Semenuk's finals line. - Trumpore
Build fuel. - Trumpore
Nico Vink said to heck with convention and made his own sender, grabbing a well deserved 6th place. - Collins
Factory. Pilgrim made the best of it this weekend, but won't be in finals after qualifying 18th. - Collins
Pilgrim was looking good until this happened in his second run. Ouch. - Collins
Brett Rheeder was one of the few riders to mix it up during qualifiers, riding a different line for each run. - Collins
Rheeder was also the only rider to get inverted. 5th place and looking good for finals. - Trumpore
Bum luck for Chris Van Dine. Major delays, strong winds, and some miscommunication caused him to miss his second run. It's shame, because his finals line looks incredible. - Beckton
Crankworx winner Thomas Genon showed incredible skill for never having ridden this kind of terrain, or even downhill for that matter. - Trumpore
Genon's dirt jump prowess shined through on the lower jumps. He ended up 17th on the day. - Turman
Genon knows he has a way to go, and we're guessing he'll find a way to practice more before next year's event. - Collins
Antoine Bizet launches his way into 4th place off some of the woodwork that build manager Jeremy Witek help create. - Collins
Mike Kinrade had one of the biggest crashes of the day. Somehow he got up and walked away. - Turman
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Practice payed off for Kyle Norbraten with an impressive 3rd place. Curtis Robinson was pumped. - Turman
Seeing riders go down in front of you can toy with your nerves, especially with a huge crowd and a helicopter at your back. - Collins
A tweaked ankle has Gee Atherton sidelined for awhile. After Rampage he'll head home, heal up, and start training for next year's World Cup season. - Turman
James Doerfling is one to watch out for in finals - 2nd on the day. Kyle Strait was taking notes. - Turman
At the end of the day, the judges call the shots. You've got to have an impressive line, smooth style/big tricks, stay fluid/fast, and go big. - Turman
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Cam McCaul did all of those, and in a big way. 1st place on the day. Heck yes! - Trumpore
McCaul and Zink share a common line, and last year's champ Cam Zink thinks it'll be between the two of them when game day rolls around. - Beckton
The 12 riders advancing to finals will take to the upper mountain on Saturday, crafting new lines and riding them for the first time. Stay tuned for more from the gnarliest contest on earth, Red Bull Rampage. - Trumpore
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Things get real as riders take to the mountain during the qualification round. Big moves, big crashes, and big cheers highlighted another jaw dropping day in Virgin, Utah. - Photos by Brandon Turman, Dave Trumpore, Ian Collins, and Seth Beckton

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