ESPN’s X Games 17, Day 3
It’s Day 3 of X Games 17. Yesterday’s main moto action saw Nate Adams win Gold in Freestyle MX. Today we’ll focus on Moto X Racing Women (Supercross), Moto X Speed & Style, along with results of BMX Freestyle Park, Rally Car, Skateboard Street Men, and Skateboard Vert.
There are four main disciplines in X Games 17, with each having different classes in those disciplines.
- BMX Freestyle: Vert, Park, and Street
- Rally Car: Rally Car Racing and RallyCross
- Skateboarding: Big Air, Vert, Park, Street (Men’s & Women’s), Game of SK8, and Real Street
- Moto X: Step Up, Best Trick, Best Whip, Freestyle, Racing Women’s (Supercross), Speed & Style, and EnduroX (Men’s and Women’s).
Moto X Women (Supercross)
The first practice saw two riders go down at separate times – first was last year’s Gold Medal winner in this event, Ms. Ashley Fiolek. Ashley was on the ground for a while, and a bit banged up – she and the team decided it’s best to sit out the night time event. And then Jackie Ives crashed in the exact same place as Ashley – twice – and injured her ankle enough that she’s out of competition as well.
Ashley said, “I’m OK, just a concussion. The doctors and my team decided it’s best not to race. I’m sorry to all my fans, I feel like I let you down.”
Ashley Fiolek in practice
The racing will include 2008 Women’s World Motocross Champion Livia Lancelot from France, and defending AMA Women’s MX Champion Jessica Patterson.
There will be two heats, with the top two in each heat tranferring to the Final.
Women’s MX Heat 1: Vicki Golden and Sara Price are the top two in this race, and they’ll go on to the Final.
Women’s MX Heat 2: Tarah Gieger wins, Livia Lancelot finishes second. And Jessica Patterson falls in same section that claimed Ashley Fiolek and Jackie Ives in practice, and JP$ DNF’s.
News comes in from Travis Pastrana, he’s going to attempt to race Rally tomorrow. He is out testing a specially designed hand controlled rally car on an area courtesy of LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department). Just Travis being Travis.
It’s the Women’s Final, Four riders: Golden, Price, Gieger and Lancelot. They are going to go six laps.
Vicki Golden with the holeshot. Sara Price falls on opening lap. Tarah is in second, Lancelot third. Price is pulling away on her Kawasaki. Gieger a ways back in second, and Lancelot third. Vicki Golden takes the win – and does a one hander on the finish line jump. She takes Gold. Gieger finishes in second, for Silver, and Lancelot finishes third for Bronze medal.
- Vicki Golden – KAW
- Tarah Gieger – HON
- Livia Lancelot – KAW
- Sara Price – KAW
Vicki Golden winning women’s Moto X
“The start was super tricky but I was able to get a good start. The track suited my style because I have an arena cross track back home,” Golden said.”I just had my birthday Thursday and this is the best birthday present I’ve ever had.”
Moto X Speed & Style
Speed and Style starts with eight riders – Nate Adams, Adam Jones, Ronnie Faisst, Matt Buyten, Mike Mason, Todd Potter, Carey Hart, and Jeremy Stenberg. It’s a combination of Supercross and Freestyle MX. Two riders race head-to-head – four laps. Both riders must hit a freestyle ramp and execute a trick on each lap. Upon conclusion of the race, the judges give each rider a “style” score based on overall impression of the tricks performed on each lap. In addition, the first rider to cross the finish line receives bonus “speed” points for their margin of victory over the other rider. The overall goal of the competition is to find a balance between speed (time) and style (execution of tricks).
Carey Hart back in X Games
X Games is all about fun
From ESPN: Nate Adams Styles His Way to X Games Gold in Moto X Speed & Style
Although he didn’t cross the finish line first, Nate Adams’ style points gave him the X Games gold in Moto X Speed & Style over the speedy Mike Mason.
“I just found out I won,” a surprised and excited Adams said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.Ã‚Â I am speechless I don’t even know what to say. I put in the work and I was doubtful of myself coming into this year honestly. I guess I need to be more doubtful more often.”
In last year’s event, Adams just missed the top spot and took silver, but 2011 is turning out to be his year as it is his second gold of X Games 17. His first came in Friday night’s Moto X Freestyle event.
Even though he didn’t get the top spot, the silver represented Mason’s best finish in X Games.
“I am so stoked right now,” Mason said. “The course was awesome, so much better than last year.Ã‚Â I am so pumped about my medal. I felt so good through the whoops and I am just happy I rode well.”
In the bronze medal match Ronnie Faisst, who just four months ago broke his femur, knocked off Moto legend Carey Hart for his second-consecutive bronze in the discipline.
“Because of my injury I am came in with no expectations, but stoked I was able to medal,” Faisst added.
Nate Adams has won the Gold Medal
- Nate Adams – 90.00
- Mike Mason – 88.53
- Ronnie Faisst – 91.01
- Carey Hart – 67.33
Mike Mason, Nate Adams, Ronnie Faisst
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BMX Freestyle Final – The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE
- Daniel Dhers – 81.00
- Dennis Enarson – 81.00*
- Scotty Cranmer – 72.00
- Chase Hawk – 58.00
- Gary Young – 52.00
*Tie was broken by determining which athlete had the next highest run score.
It all came down to a strategic move for Venezuela’s Daniel Dhers, and the move paid off big time as sitting out one run gave Dhers enough energy to pull out all the stops in his BMX Freestyle Park run and take back-to-back gold medals in the discipline at X Games.
“Since I got here, I knew that heat was going to play a big, big factor,” said Dhers. “So I said to myself that I could do four runs and two of them would have to be half because I would be so exhausted or do two, take a breather and just do a last one hard. It could have gone either way because these guys are amazing. I had to gamble and do it the old Ryan Nyquist way, where he just throws it down and hopes for the best. I am very happy that it worked.”
The medal marked Dhers’ fourth career gold in BMX Freestyle Park at X Games, and was won by a hair in a tiebreaker that counted the person with the highest third score as winner.
San Diego, Calif. Native Dennis Enarson made his presence known in the BMX Freestyle Park from the get-go as he stomped his two high scores right out of the gate in runs one and two.
“I was most psyched on landing the double whip pocket air. I wasn’t planning on doing it, but I got it though and I’m psyched,” Enarson said.
Scotty Cranmer of Jackson, N.J. finished third for the bronze medal.
Dennis, Daniel, and Scotty
Rally Car Racing Final Results – Lot 7 in Los Angeles
In the Gold Match, the drivers race three head-to-head races and the winner of two of three wins the gold medal.
“I Can’t Believe This!”
X Games Rookie Liam Doran Takes Gold in Rally Car Racing
England’s Liam Doran has been a known commodity on the European Rally Car Circuit for several years and on Saturday at X Games 17, he made a name for himself internationally by weaving through the streets of Downtown Los Angeles winning gold in Rally Car Racing.
“It felt amazing putting it all out there,” an overjoyed Doran said. “I went out and I started winning and when you get on a winning streak you go.”
Doran’s road to victory included defeating defending champion Tanner Foust in the semifinals and knocking off Rally Car legend Marcus GrÃƒÂ¶nholm in the first two races of the best of three finals.
“My team is the best team in the world,” Doran said of the men who crafted his Citroen C4. “The car was the same from the first run to the last run. I owe it to everyone, and I have done it.”
“It was fun,” GrÃƒÂ¶nholm said of his performance. “But the whole day I have not been happy with my driving so that was not so enjoyable.”
In the Bronze medal match, David Higgins defeated Foust easily as Foust’s car broke down just after the start.
“Words cannot describe it,” Higgins said of the racing.Ã‚Â “The atmosphere, the whole thing. There is no room for error anywhere with the brick walls and cars and everything. It is probably the most wild thing you can do in a car, but it is brilliant.”
Rally Car Racing features drivers racing modified street legal cars on closed sections of the city streets. The goal in Rally Car Racing is to accumulate the lowest elapsed driving time while racing in two-car, head-to-head heats. The three-quarter mile long Rally course, alongside the concrete cityscape of Los Angeles, includes two sections of raw dirt. In each heat, drivers will complete two laps of the entire course, which must include one traditional Rally Joker lap. The Joker lap forces drivers to launch their car over a 52-foot dirt-to-dirt gap jump. Actual finish order determines advancement throughout the competition.
Skateboard Street Men Final at the Event Deck at L.A. LIVE
- Nyjah Huston 91.66
- Luan Oliveira 91.00
- Ryan Sheckler 89.00
- Chaz Ortiz 84.33
- Ryan Decenzo 80.00
Huston Becomes Youngest To Win Skateboard Street
Two-time X Games Silver Medalist Earns First Gold
At just 16 years old, California native Nyjah Huston gave a hometown crowd something to be excited about Saturday, knocking out a field of heavy talent to become the youngest man to win X Games Skateboard Street.
“It’s the best feeling ever and my best win ever. After getting silver for the past two years it was a buildup feeling that I wanted to get that gold,” Huston said. “There’s a lot of pressure and if you’re nervous, it’s hard. But I mostly put pressure on myself and have a goal to win.”
Huston, who was the repeat silver medalist in 2009 and 2010, laid down impressive runs with technical tricks, including a kickflip backside tailslide spinout and a huge hard flip off the rooftop.
Brazilian Luan Oliveira shook up the competition. After getting second in the fan vote at the 2010 X Games Real Street competition, Oliveira went for a bigger prize in 2011, earning the silver medal in Skateboard Street.
“The course was dope. I’m happy to get a medal and the level of skating was dope,” Oliveira said.
Ryan Sheckler was pulling out all the stops in his hunt for a potential fourth gold medal, but is still going home with hardware in the form of a bronze X Games medal.
“Every contest is different and it can be anyone’s day at any time,” Sheckler said.
Skateboard Vert Final Results – Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
- Shaun White – 93.00
- Pierre-Luc Gagnon – 91.66
- Bucky Lasek – 87.66
- Elliot Sloan – 67.66
- Adam Taylor – 62.66
It was a modern-day gentlemen’s duel between Shaun White and Pierre-Luc Gagnon, but White would not be denied the victory as he laid it all on the line in a final run to take the gold in the Skateboard Vert Final Saturday night.
“I just wanted to put this down for all the fans that came out. I’ve been working so hard to get this going this season. After that seven I landed I had so much energy that I said “I’m making this happen,” White said. “This is the second time I’ve ever won summer X Games, so I’m beside myself.”
White and Gagnon went run for run, upping the ante each tine, but as they headed into the last set with Gagnon in the lead White put down a 720, to body barrel five, to heelside body barrel five combo that the judges couldn’t reward with anything but the win. It was only White’s second gold in the event, his first since he won in 2007.
Shaun White continues his legend, winning Gold, and performing a superb “a 720, to body barrel five, to heelside body barrel five combo”