Expedition GeForce has worked its magic another year, securing the #1 spot in the annual Mitch Hawker Steel Coaster Poll for the second year in a row. A consistent top three contender since its debut in 2001, this is Expedition GeForce's sixth time as the top dog.
New Texas Giant debuted at third in last year's poll, but was able to rise to second place, falling to Expedition GeForce by one voter ballot. Such a close finish to the number one spot lands an impressive finish for new-kid-on-the-block Rocky Mountain Construction, with NTG being their first major roller coaster creation.
Close behind in third place was Intimidator 305, which has also worked its way up the polls since its opening. Like Texas Giant, the distance between second and third place was determined by one voter ballot. This makes for a very close race of the top three, with a vote between each position.
Bizarro however, a former first place contender, has slid to fourth place in this year's poll. This is the lowest finish for the Intamin mega roller coaster, which has never finished below second place since its opening in 2001.
Fifth place was taken by Hersheypark's Skyrush, which debuted last year at seventh place. Maverick followed in sixth place, and has also experienced a rise in popularity after place in ninth place last year.
Kawasemi, Shambhala, and Nemesis followed in seventh, eighth, and ninth place respectively. Nemesis too experienced a resurgance of popularity, after having fallen from the top ten for the first time last year.
Rounding out the top ten was Iron Rattler, the only new steel coaster to break into the top rating. This marks the second straight year that the top rated new steel coaster is a converted wooden coaster, after New Texas Giant last year. Looking forward to next year's poll, it will be interesting to see if RMC's latest wooden coaster conversion (Medusa Steel Coaster) will make for a threepeat.