Below will be the postings of the confirmed riders attending this summer’s X Games for each discipline, but first are some updates regarding a few riders from the list below.
The street event is going to get shaken up a bit as Nathan Williams and Ty Morrow will miss the event, both due to injury. In their place will be Rob Wise and Simone Barraco, two rather opposing styles of BMX from a big banger heavy hitter to a smooth as hell street technician. Both are welcome additions who will get their shot at dethroning the all time BMX street king, Garrett Reynolds. Filling the now empty alternate spots in the street event are Brian Kachinsky and Josh Harrington.
Also missing the event due to injury is Sergio Layos, leaving a spot open in BMX park which now belongs to Ben Hennon. Hope he got the news earlier than us because he has to plan an LA trip quick. Hennon is a hardcore park rat, a muscular power rider. No scrawny leg, tight jean wearing kiddy moves here. Considering where the park event has gone the past few years, he will be a welcome addition to the high flying and transfer finding riders who have excelled as of late.
A couple riders took this opportunity to make some “power moves” in the industry. Daniel Dhers signs with Specialized in timely fashion. He had a long run with KHE, but as he progresses his career he probably wanted to find a company to keep going in that direction. We’ll see if the notion works out as he goes for 3-in-a-row in park. Also making a move, albeit a more personal decision than career decision, is vert legend DMC (Dennis McCoy) going back to the company that slipped through his fingers at the beginning of his career, Haro. Being more of a flow rider now, he may want to find a place to settle down and feel like part of a team. In any case, I’m glad he felt the need to be a part of the company which was on top of the industry in his earlier years.
BMX Big Air
Ben Hennon (taking Sergio Layos’ former spot)
Simone Barraco (taking Ty Morrow’s former spot)
photo courtesy of MellonBMX.com