Skateboarding’s Pierre-Luc Gagnon, SuperMoto’s Doug Henry and Surfing’s Cory Lopez victorious
CARLSBAD, Calif., (Aug. 8, 2005) — The world’s hottest vert skateboarder, one of the more popular racers to every throw a leg over a dirt bike and a top WCT surfer were rockin’ the ‘Clawed-M’ Monster Energy Drink logo atop the podium at this past weekend’s white hot X-Games in Los Angeles — the epicenter of the action sports world.
Starting out with skate vert, Montreal’s Pierre-Luc Gagnon, aka “PLG, elevated his “most underrated vert skater status to gold on Friday evening at the Staples Center, topping snow/skate legend-in-the-making Shawn White and international star Sandro Diaz. PLG saved his best for last, pulling out all the stops on his third run in a come-from-behind victory. PLG’s final run score of 95 buried the next closest competitor — White, while also topping Diaz’s first-ever 900 in competition.
PLG takes the Bronze medal on Saturday’s Skate Vert Best Trick, that featured two tricks that had never before been pulled in the same run in competition — a nollie heelflip Indy 360, along with a switch frontside 360 heelflip slob grab.
Next up for PLG was Sunday’s Skate Big Air contest. Throwing smooth mute 360s over the 70-foot gap, and going bigger than anybody on the massive quarter pipe, PLG took the lead into the final run — only to have sentimental favorite Danny Way, the innovator of the Big Air contest ramp, overcome an injured ankle to wrestle the gold away from PLG (silver) by less than a point.
Rounding out the Monster-backed skaters was 2005 Transworld Magazine Vert Skater of the Year, Jake Brown, who finished sixth overall in vert and seventh overall in Skate Big Air. New to Monster Energy, Sirius Radio DJ Jason Ellis, finished tenth overall in the Skate Big Air.
In Sunday’s SuperMoto finals — the culminating event of the 2005 Summer X-Games — Monster Energy-backed Doug Henry was absolutely dominating, taking over the lead from fellow Yamaha pilot Chad Reed on lap seven at the Home Depot Center track and never looking back, taking the checkers by more than 11 seconds over supercross legend Jeremy “Showtime McGrath.
Henry, 35, who’s leading the AMA’s SuperMoto racing circuit this summer, was involved in a first turn pile up last year in the X-Games SuperMoto finals and wound up 14th overall.
Another Monster-backed athlete scoring gold was surfer Cory Lopez. Representing the East Coast team, Lopez put up some big numbers down in the Mexican surf (Puerto Escondido) in helping lead the East Coast squad to its third straight win over the West Coast team.
In BMX Dirt Jumping, Monster-backed Ryan Guettler was on the podium in 3rd place, backing that up with a solid 4th place finish in the hotly contested BMX Park competition. Fellow Monster-backed BMX-er and former gold medalist TJ Lavin placed 5th in the BMX Dirt Jumping event.
Other Monster-backed athletes coming up big at the X-Games were: Adam Jones, 5th Freestyle Motocross; Daniel Watkins, 4th, Men’s Wakeboarding and Melissa Marquardt, 5th, Women’s Wakeboarding.
“It was yet another great showing for Monster Energy’s athletes at Summer X-Games 11, said John Lee of Crown Athlete Management Group. “PLG, Doug Henry, Cory Lopez and Ryan Guettler represented Monster Energy as well as we could have expected. Lee adds, “The rest of the Monster Energy athletes gave it their all at the world’s premier action sports competition. I think I can speak on behalf of everybody at Monster Energy by saying we are very proud of all these athletes that choose to run the Monster Energy ‘Clawed-M’ and we look forward to seeing them representing Monster Energy in competitions throughout the world!
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