One reason Adams seemed to go unchallenged was that there was a glaring lack of star power, as athletes such as Travis Pastrana, Robby Maddison and Cam Sinclair were not in the competition for various reasons.
But that should not count against Adams, 27, a longtime X Games veteran and a top star on the Red Bull X-Fighters tour, who seems to have rediscovered the art of winning. Among tricks he performed with near-flawless execution were a back-flip with a one-handed takeoff, and inverted 360 and a Lazy Boy, during which he stretched out so fully on the backseat of his motorcycle, while soaring between ramps, that the back of his head touched the fender.
Adams, who last won the event in 2004, was the top qualifier so he was last in the lineup. He posted scores of 45 and 46 on his first two runs, for a combined score of 91. Neither Adam Jones or Dany Torres could muster enough trickery to catch Adams on their third and final runs. They finished with scores of 86 and 83, respectively.
Adams then enjoyed an abbreviated victory lap and saluted the crowd from the middle of the course.
– Photo of Nate Adams courtesy of Nate Hoppes / GrindTv.com