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ESPN’s X Games 13: Supermoto & Supercross Day

Published July 28th, 2007





There is no way to entirely take in all that the X Games truly are. And Saturday at The Home Depot Center was a perfect example.



Imagine an entire area completely immersed in action sports, fun, sun, excitement, & happy, youthful people. That’s the short version. To truly understand, you have to go to an X Games in person.



Another example, even though The Home Depot Center was sold out, the X Games Experience outside the stadium (where you can experience so many things, from hands on demos to music and more) probably had even more people there as inside the stadium!



First big event of the day for us – Supermoto



SuperMoto Final Results



1. Mark Burkhart / Pataskala, OH

2. Jeff Ward / Newport Beach, CA

3. David Pingree / Temecula, CA

4. Ivan Lazzarini / Pesaro, Italy

5. Jeremy McGrath / Encinitas, CA

6. Micky Dymond / Placentia, CA

7. Steve Drew / Buckeye, AZ

8. Robbie Horton / Martinez, CA

9. Troy Herfoss / Goulburn, Australia

10. Tyler Evans / Hollywood Hills, CA

11. Benny Carlson / West Bend, WI

12. Adam Cini / Brisbane, Australia

13. Brandon Currie / Anaheim Hills, CA

14. Gary Trachy / Orange, CA

15. Carey Hart / Las Vegas, NV

16. Eric Sorby / Corona, CA

17. Chris Fillmore / Oxford, MI

18. Chad Reed / Tampa, FL

19. Steve Chambon / Entraigues, France

20. Darryl Atkins / Tokoroa, New Zealand





ESPN’s description of the race:



Burkhart Tops Ward In Dramatic SuperMoto Final

1-2 Finish Is Exact Reverse Of Last Year’s Race



Jeff Ward led for 30 of 35 laps of the ESPN X Games 13 Moto X SuperMoto Final today, but in the second-to-last lap Mark Burkhart zipped by the veteran rider and held on to win the gold.



The finish felt eerily similar to fans of X Games SuperMoto: at last year’s X Games 12, it was Ward who snatched the win after Burkhart had led for 18 laps.



Turning last year’s silver medal into gold at X Games 13 was particularly sweet for the 27-year-old Burkhart. “This year I’ve been trying to ride differently,” he said after the race. “If anything, I’ve taught myself to be patient, and patient people get rewarded.”



He went on, “I’ve been racing patient, trying not to throw away the race at the beginning. The guys who are the most fit will finish best. Those last fifteen minutes are always a killer.”



A sellout crowd packed The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, and cheered Burkhart as he crossed the finish line.





Next up for us – Supercross!



Supercross Final Results



1. Ricky Carmichael / Havana, FL

2. Grant Langston / Clermont, FL

3. Kevin Windham / Centreville, MS

4. Chad Reed / Tampa, FL

5. Michael Byrne / Newnan, GA

6. David Vuillemin / Murrieta, CA





ESPN’s description of the race:



Carmichael Dominates In First Ever X Games Event (Supercross)



10-time AMA Motocross Champion (and 5-time Supercross Champion) Ricky Carmichael may have retired from full-time competition this year, but he couldn’t resist running in the X Games’ first ever Moto X Racing Supercross event, held tonight at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.



Carmichael dominated his Round One qualification heat, then rolled to victory ahead of a field that included Grant Langston and Kevin Windham, who took silver and medals, respectively.



Hailed as the “Greatest of all Time,” (G.O.A.T.), Carmichael has three undefeated AMA Motocross seasons under his belt (2002, 2004-5), and is shooting for his 150th career AMA win next week, a milestone no other rider is even close to matching.



But even in semi-retirement, the X Games held a special allure for a rider who has dominated his sport for over a decade.



“I’m so pumped, you have no idea,” Carmichael said. “I’ve always felt like an outsider, if you will, just because I’ve never had my discipline in the X Games, and to finally have it and to be the first one (to win a gold medal): awesome. I cannot describe to you how happy I am.”



“Our sport’s pretty big,” he added, “But to finally have (the X Games’) blessing – it’s nice.”



Our report – Carmichael lead from start to finish – dominated!





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Freestyle Final Results



1. Adam Jones / Minden, NV / 94.20

2. Nate Adams / Glendale, AZ / 91.20

3. Jeremy Stenberg / Winchester, CA / 91.60

4. Jeremy Lusk / San Diego, CA / 90.80

5. Mike Mason / Carson City, NV / 90.80

6. Mat Rebeaud / Payerne, Switzerland / 90.40

7. Todd Potter / Temecula, CA / 89.00

8. Ronnie Faisst / Mays Landing, NY / 87.80

9. Dany Torres / Arahal, Spain / 84.40

10. Taka Higashino / Osaka, Japan / 71.40





BMX Freestyle Vert Final Results



1. Jamie Bestwick / Derbyshire, Great Britain / 93.66

2. Simon Tabron / Newquay, Great Britain / 92.66

3. Kevin Robinson / East Providence, RI / 88.33

4. Jimmy Walker / Gilberts, IL / 86.00

5. Dennis McCoy / Kansas City, MO / 84.66

6. Steve McCann / Melbourne, Australia / 84.66

7. Jay Eggleston / Denver, CO / 84.00

8. John Parker / State College, PA / 83.66

9. Zack Warden / Woodward, PA / 81.00

10. Francisco Zurita / Santiago, Chile / 76.00





BMX Freestyle Park Final Results



1. Daniel Dhers / Caracas, Venezuela / 91.66

2. Scotty Cranmer / Jackson, NJ / 90.33

3. Dave Mirra / Greenville, NC / 88.00

4. Garrett Reynolds / Tom’s River, NJ / 86.66

5. Mike Spinner / Miami, FL / 85.00

6. Ryan Nyquist / Greenville, NC / 82.00

7. Gary Young / San Diego, CA / 82.00

8. Josh Harrington / Greenville, NC / 81.33

9. Dennis Enarson / San Diego, CA / 80.33

10. Morgan Wade / Tyler, TX / 79.66





For all the latest X Games info check out EXPN.com



Thanks to Danny C, Crystal Y and many others at ESPN. Photo credits: Ricky Carmichael with Gold Medal & Grant Langston leading Chad Reed – Paul Buckley/Shazamm/ESPN Images. Travis Pastrana close up action in supercross Eric Lars Bakke/ESPN Images/Shazamm.



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Supermoto winner Mark Burkhart

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Ricky Carmichael’s Suzuki pit area

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Carmichael takes in the moment after winning supercross

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X Games Gold – Ricky Carmichael!

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Carmichael whip

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Carmichael checkered

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The Home Depot

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Another view of The Home Depot

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The open end of the stadium features a grassy area

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Grant Langston leads Chad Reed

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Skate

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Travis Pastrana raced the supercross!

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Chad Reed & Jeremy McGrath had a nice battle in Supermoto

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Reed & McGrath – Supermoto final

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Chad Reed – Supermoto

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Supercross riders watching guys out on the track

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More skate

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Going from X Games Experience into stadium

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Supermoto final first lap, on the pavement

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My best photo! Jeff Ward leads Mark Burkhart jumping uphill in Supermoto out of the stadium and onto the pavement



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