Rollercup Battle Monza 2015
The first Italian prime event 2015 was held on June 12th - 14th in Monza. 75 skaters from 6 different countries arrived to the local circuit to compete in Freestyle Battle and Classic, Free Jump and Speed Slalom categories. However the weather was not so kind to the competitors. Some drops of rain forced the organization to use the back up solution for the following two days. Thanks to a high number of volunteers, the second place was ready for the competition to start on time on Saturday. This event was a real opportunity for many riders, especially for the juniors, to show and confirm their progress. Some of them made the most of this chance, bringing us some unexpected results!
Lily Granjon (Fra, #21) was the best out of the 17 skaters of the women's classic competitions for all three judges. She got her very first Classic victory on the two-cone event and didn't stop with only this title, and showed a good result for all the disciplines. Camilla Morbidoni (Ita, #8) performed well too and finished second. Alix Bouquet (Fra, #51) kicked too many cones but still took third place of the podium, making her best Classic result so far.
1. Granjon Lily (Fra)
2. Morbidoni Camilla (Ita)
3. Bouquet Alix (Fra)
4. Mokeeva Elena (Ger)
5. De Sensi Federica (Ita)
Battle winner of the previous year, Lorenzo Guslandi (Ita, #11) made his first victory of the new season, leaving Nathan Menard (Fra, #34) on the second step of the podium. After his Junior Classic European Champion title, this is the best Classic result so far for Nathan. Lorenzo Demuru (Ita, #36) made his very first prime event's podium and took the third place of the Classic competition.
1. Guslandi Lorenzo (Ita)
2. Menard Nathan (Fra)
3. Demuru Lorenzo (Ita)
4. Degli Agostini Valerio (Ita)
5. Quiriconi Nicolas (Ita)
Women's Freestyle Battle
Lily Granjon (Fra, #21) made one more victory, performed better than anyone else in the Big Battle final. Elena Mokeeva from Germany (#66) made her best result so far, finishing for the first time at the second place of the two-cones event. Camilla Morbidoni (Ita, #8) took the third place, leaving the fourth position for her team-mate, Federica De Sensi (Ita, #15), who was third last year.
1. Granjon Lily (Fra)
2. Mokeeva Elena (Ger)
3. Morbidoni Camilla (Ita)
4. De Sensi Federica (Ita)
Men's Freestyle Battle
Young Italian skaters, Valerio Degli Agostini (#60) and Lorenzo Demuru (#36) impressed everyone and showed great results in the Battle Final, leaving behind strongest competitors. This two cones event was the very first victory for Valerio, who was only 9th last year and performed better than the others this time, taking the first place of the final. Lorenzo, who was 5th in 2014, showed a high level as well, finishing on the second position. The only one French representative of the final, Nathan Menard (Fra, #34) ended up at the third place, leaving Lorenzo Degli Agostini (Ita, #73) on the fourth place. Lorenzo improved his result from the last year, when he only managed to take the 13th position.
1. Degli Agostini Valerio (Ita)
2. Demuru Lorenzo (Ita)
3. Menard Nathan (Fra)
4. Degli Agostini Lorenzo (Ita)
Speed Slalom Women
Barbara Bossi (Ita, #4) made the best qualification time (4,797 sec) and repeated her victory from last year. She won the big Speed Slalom final in front of Giulia Badan (Ita, #88) who did great and improved previous result of 2014 from the 6th to the 2nd place. Lily Granjon (Fra, #27) won the consolation final and left the fourth position to Giorgia Cazzaniga (Ita, #51), who started as a newcomer with this event last year at the 17th place and made it to the small final this time! Well done !
1. Bossi Barbara (Ita)
2. Badan Giulia (Ita)
3. Granjon Lily (Fra)
4. Cazzaniga Giorgia (Ita)
Speed Slalom Men
Diego De Araujo who represents Brazil (#22) made his first victory of the season and won the final against Savio Brivio (Ita, #2). Savio performed the best qualification time (4,361 sec) and took the second place just like one year ago. Federico Morrone (Ita, #41) was the fastest in the consolation final and left Nicolas Quiriconi (Ita, #32) on the fourth position. Nicolas greatly improved his result from last year when he was only 19th.
1. De Araujo Diego (Bra)
2. Brivio Savio (Ita)
3. Morrone Federico (Ita)
4. Quiriconi Nicolas (Ita)
Free Jump Women & Men
Claudia Massara (Ita, #77) got the victory with the best jump over 110 cm. Lily Granjon (Fra, #39), who performed great in all the disciplines, finished on the second place with a 105 cm jump. Laura La Volpe (Ita) jumped 100 cm and ended up third.
Newcomer Gianmarco Savi from Italy did great and won the Free Jump contest with the best jump over 145 cm. Lorenzo Demuru (Ita) finished at the second place, performed a 130 cm jump. Another newcomer, Marco De Marni (Ita) ended up on the third step of the podium, making a 125 cm jump.
1. Massara Claudia (Ita)
2. Granjon Lily (Fra)
3. La Volpe Laura (Ita)
1. Savi Gianmarco (Ita)
2. Demuru Lorenzo (Ita)
3. De Marni Marco (Ita)
Here is a small interview with the young and talented Lily Granjon from France, who made the best overall result of this event. Lily won both Classic and Battle competitions, got a second place in the Free Jump and finished third at the Speed Slalom discipline.
P.S. You made the best overall result of the event! Are you happy with your performances? How did you like the event?
Lily. Of course I am very satisfied with my performances, I didn't expect such great results! I really enjoyed the event, it was my first time in Monza and the Italian vibe was amazing, although the weather is really hot!
P.S. Which victory was the hardest, Battle or Classic? And since when you are doing the Free Jump as well?
Lily. For me the Battle was harder because it was at the end of the competition, I was tired and all the girls were fighting for the victory, they all had a high level of tricks! I tried Free Jump in a French event in Pornichet just for fun but I don't practice, it's just a way to have more fun with other skaters during the competition!
P.S. Is there someone who impressed you during this event?
Lily. Barbara Bossi impressed me a lot because she is faster than ever, she is a real speed machine. She is a motivation for me and she pushes me to train more.
P.S. Did you train a lot before this competition?
Lily. Of course I prepared myself for this competition, especially in speed slalom and for my new classic, to practice in real conditions before the first international event of the year.
P.S. Do you plan to compete a lot this year? What are your goals for 2015?
Lily. I'll try to do as many events as possible this year and travel in Europe with my sister and the French team. First of all, I would like to keep my European title in Junior category in Speed Slalom and also my second place in Classic, then I would like to give my best during every competitions and try to improve my skills.
P.S. Do you have a final word for this interview? People you’d like to thank maybe?
Lily. I would like to thank the Menard's family for carrying me in Monza, the organization of the competition for this amazing event, Pierre Célat because he helped me to prepare myself for this event and of course my sister and my parents for always supporting me and making me travel more every year.
Polina Semenova for WorldSlalomSeries.com
Proofreading by Maryam Amiand
Photo by Stéphane Bouquet, Slide-open Spirit, Natasha Mokeeva, Ezio Degli Agostini