Travis Pastrana is a force to be reckoned with at X Games, no matter the event. This year, Pastrana had to withdraw from both Moto X Best Trick and Super Rally due to varying issues. This didn't stop the 26 year old phenom from Maryland from taking home some hardware.
The Speed and Style event originated as a way to pair together Supercross racers and Freestyle riders in the same stadium, sort of a mish-mash of the who's who of both worlds. We wanted to see who was not only fast through the whoops, but could accommodate a crowd with a backflip or two while they were at it.
With Josh Hill breaking his femur getting ready for X Games 16, Pastrana and Kevin Johnson were the lone racers to enter the Speed & Style competition. Luckily for the racing fans out there, Speed & Style could be Pastrana's middle name.
After Pastrana flipped his way to gold on Thursday, he was sufficiently warmed up for the Speed & Style competition on Sunday. "It feels really good," Pastrana said following the win. I was hoping to do well in Speed and Style but I didn't have high hopes. We really thought the cars would be the focus this year and it turned out to be exactly the opposite."
Speed & Style Results
1. Travis Pastrana
2. Nate Adams
3. Ronnie Faisst
4. Jeremy Stenberg
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X Games 16 made a triumphant return to the LA Coliseum today with a series of Motocross Events. Moto X Freestyle provided some unexpected excitement. Travis Pastrana more than made good on his $5 bet with Blake "Bilko" Williams by competing in freestyle for the first time since X Games 12, earning himself yet another X Game Gold.
During his victory lap, Pastrana quietly stomped a double backflip with ease at the end of his winning run. He proved his greatness once again making his trademark trick look pedestrian.
Pastrana approached the coarse with creativity, cruising through the coarse like he was on a bmx bike. He used the wall section as if it was a quarter pipe, he back flipped a tiny hit out of nowhere, pulled a double flip when no one was expecting it.
Instead of opting to play it safe knowing he has three remaining events at X Games Travis elected to put on a show, "That double back flip was for the fans."
Rookie to the X Games, Levi Sherwood won his first ever Silver Medal, while no stranger to X Games hardware, Nate Adams took home the bronze medal.
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GRINDTV NEWSWIRE via Red Bull X Fighters: A sell-out crowd of 40,000 fans were on hand to witness the best twelve freestyle motocross riders in the world battle it out in front of the world-famous Kremlin on Moscow's Red Square on Saturday night. Young gun Levi Sherwood (NZL) showed his class in the final against Nate Adams (USA) to take his second ever win on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.
No fewer than 250 lorry-loads of dirt transformed the historic cobblestones of Red Square in the heart of the Russian capital into an FMX course worthy of hosting the top riders on the planet as the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour hit Russia for the first time ever. With temperatures touching 35 degrees Celsius, it was 18-year-old Levi "Rubberkid" Sherwood who jumped through the air and into the hearts of the Russian fans packed into the historic location: "The tricky course here was just right for me. This day will go down in history."
Just metres from the eastern walls of the Kremlin, spectacular tricks, incredible flips and the whine of two-stroke motors brought the tens of thousands of fans in the stadium to boiling point. The legendary square in the heart of Moscow, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1990, was packed to the rafters as the best riders in the world came to town. "The pressure was huge, the course was tough and the heat was a problem for everyone," explained defeated finalist Nate Adams (USA). "It is an incredible feeling to jump here. The equivalent back home in the USA would be to perform in the garden of the White House!"
Andre Villa continues to lead the overall standings in the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 after finishing third in Moscow. Robbie Maddison (AUS), famous for his incredible long-distance jumps over London's Tower Bridge and the Corinth Canal in Greece, failed to qualify for the semi-finals after missing a landing, eventually finishing fifth. Japan's Eigo Sato progressed into the semi-finals but has to settle for fourth place after losing his duel against Adams.
The comeback kids Dany Torres (ESP) and Mat Rebeaud (SUI) were unable to keep pace with the best riders in the world in Moscow as they returned to the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour after injuries, finishing sixth and tenth respectively.
Following stops in Mexico City (MEX), Cairo (EGY) and Moscow (RUS), the biggest freestyle motocross tour on the planet now moves on to the Plaza de Toros de las Ventas bullfighting ring in Madrid for the next event of the season on 22/23 July 2010 before the final two showdowns of the season in London (GBR) and Rome (ITA).
Final Results, Red Bull X-Fighters Moscow / Russia: 1. Levi Sherwood (NZL), 2. Nate Adams (USA), 3. Andre Villa (NOR), 4. Eigo Sato (JAP), 5. Robbie Maddison (AUS), 6. Dany Torres (ESP), 7. Adam Jones (USA), 8. Cameron Sinclair (AUS), 9. Jim McNeil (USA), 10. Mat Rebeaud (SUI), 11. Alexey Kolesnikov, 12. Blake Williams (AUS)A sell-out crowd of 40,000 fans were on hand to witness the best twelve freestyle motocross riders in the world battle it out in front of the world-famous Kremlin on Moscow's Red Square on Saturday night. Young gun Levi Sherwood (NZL) showed his class in the final against Nate Adams (USA) to take his second ever win on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour.
Just weeks after the spectacular FMX showdown under the gaze of the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt, the 2010 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour is set to celebrate yet another premiere as it touches down on Moscow's famous Red Square. The 12 best FMX riders in the world will come together in the heart of the Russian capital's famous old town on Saturday, June 26 to battle it out head to head as the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour hits Russia for the first time.
Preparations for the third stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 on Red Square in the heart of Moscow have completed, with the kickers and landing hills moved into place in front of St. Basil's Cathedral, with Lenin's Mausoleum and the walls of the Kremlin just beyond the world-famous colored onion domes in anticipation of the world's best FMX riders. More than 40,000 spectators are expected to pack the famous square, which was named a World Heritage Site in 1990.
To prepare for his first Red Bull X-Fighters appearance, Russian rider Alexey Kolesnikov made history at his training compound in Kolomna by becoming the first freestyle motocross athlete in history to jump a bike over a flying truck. Despite strong winds, Kolesnikov threw several different tricks over nine-ton Kamaz truck driven by 2010 Dakar Rally winner Vladimir Chagin of Russia, including a huge backflip off the kicker. See attached images.
After two of the six stops making up the World Tour 2010, it is the winner of the season opener in Mexico, Norway's Andr Villa, who leads the overall standings. However, the rest of the international FMX elite is in hot pursuit, with 2009 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Champion Nate Adams just 35 points behind Villa in second, while fellow American rider Adam Jones will be hoping to recapture the form that gave him a surprise win in Egypt.
Double backflip legend Cameron Sinclair is fit again after his horrifying crash last year in Madrid and will be looking to mix it again with the best in the world in Moscow. Also returning will be Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour winner 2008 Mat Rebeaud of Switzerland, who suffered a heavy fall during training for the World Tour 2010 that forced him out of the first two stops of the season. Last but not least, Spanish wunderkind Dany Torres is also back. Torres rode the first stop of the season in Mexico City's bullfighting ring with a broken arm, forcing him to land several tricks one-handed. An operation meant he had to watch from the sidelines in Egypt, but the fans' favorite is back and raring to go in Moscow.
The event begins at 8.30 p.m. local time. After stops in Madrid on July 22-23 and London on August 14, the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour Champion will be crowned at the season finale in Rome on October 1.
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Every season there is a surprise or feel-good story that fans can unite in cheering for and San Manuel's Josh Hill is certainly one of those riders. After a forgettable year in 2009, Josh seems to have found a great fit with his new team, as his results have shown. The last time we had him on the show, during the off-season, he was contemplating getting a degree in Criminal Justice at DeVry as a back up plan if he failed to land a ride. We think Josh would have been a great CSI tech, but we're certainly glad he is back racing and on the podium where he belongs.
Another great subplot to the supercross season is the emergence of Troy Lee Designs team as a legitimate podium contender as they continue to mix it up with the industry's best every week with their manager David Pingree calling the shots. Ping has once again assembled a solid team that not only race well together, but actually seem to like each other while doing so. We'll get his always entertaining perspective on the season so far and his plans for unleashing New Zealand's Ben Townley back on the motocross world this summer.
The all-new Nuclear Cowboyz Freestyle Motocross tour is coming to the Georgia Dome in our backyard on Saturday, February 13, 2010. The tour has assembled the world's greatest cast of FMX riders, including legends like Adam Jones, Mike Mason, Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg, Ronnie Faisst, and our good friend, Nate Adams, to take the sport to a whole new level in this ground breaking two-hour scripted performance that is getting awesome reviews industry wide. Nate "The Destroyer" Adams will be on to give us some insight and a behind the scenes look into the next chapter of FMX. Check out www.nuclearcowboyz.com for ticket sales and more information. We will be giving away some free tickets on the show tonight, so be sure to tune in live for your chance to win.
For those of you that have listened to our show for many years, you know we love us some Tucker Hibbert. The Monster Energy Arctic Cat's top rider will be going for a possible 10th overall medal this weekend at ESPN's Winter X-Games 14. Tucker has been killing it on the national snocross tour and hopes to continue that steak into his eleventh Winter X Games appearance. Tucker will also be trying his sled skills in the new Knock Out competition which is based on the Moto Step-Up at the Summer X Games. We always support him throughout the winter since he always comes back to motocross when the snow melts. Make sure you watch and support him on ESPN and ESPN2 this weekend, and check out www.tucker-hibbert.com for more info.
Motoendurance.net 's Robb Beams is one the hardest working trainers in the business and with clients like Ashley Fiolek and Adam Cianciarulo you can understand why. Robb will be helping with the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Championship and the Ricky Carmichael University on March 7-8, 2010, and will give us all the details tonight. You can get more info at www.MXSports.com about both events. We always enjoy having Robb on for his infinite knowledge on training and nutrition and will ask a few questions on those topics as well.
DMXS Radio is going on it's 10th-year-anniversary and we are joining with some friends that have been with us, and supported us, from the beginning this Friday night for some comedy club fun. We invite anyone in the Atlanta area to join us at the Buford Variety Theater on Friday night to see our good friend Jarrod Harris and other comedians perform at this impromptu DMXS reunion. You can get all the details at www.bufordvarietytheater.com and we hope to see you there.
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