Troy Lee Designs Invades Summer X Games 15 in Los Angeles
This coming week kicks off the fifteenth annual ESPN Summer X Games in Los Angeles. The action sports event has become one of the single biggest weekends of competition in the motorcycle industry and Troy Lee Designs will be there in force. With fourteen different athletes wearing TLD gear and/or helmets there will be no shortage of riders to cheer for.
In the Moto X Super X Event the stars of the Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ PPG/ Honda Racing Team will be gunning for gold. Jake Moss (#42) has been shockingly fast at times throughout the season and the go-for-broke format of the X Games suits him well. If Jake Can get a good start and stay out of trouble you can bet he’ll be at the front. His wingman, Chris Blose (#63), is finishing out the best season of his young career. Chris finished fifth in the west coast 250 supercross series and he rides the 450 just as well. Don’t miss the Men’s Moto X Super X Final at Home Depot Center on Saturday, August 1 at 4:30pm.
The King of Supercross, Jeremy McGrath (#2), will also be competing in the Moto X Racing discipline. Jeremy wears TLD helmets and is fresh off a silver medal last year. He may be “retired” but it’s hard to count out a guy with 72 supercross wins. MC will also get his Step-Up on at the Staples Center. Can he take down Ricky Carmichael and Ronnie Renner?
If you are a Supermoto fan you’ll have plenty of TLD riders to choose from. Two-time gold medalist and multi-time motocross and supercross champion Jeff Ward (#3x) will be trying to make it gold medal number three this year for the Troy Lee Designs/ Red Bull/ Honda Race Team. Wardy will be flanked by rookie Joey Pascarella (#25), Cassidy Anderson (#15) and team manager, David Pingree (#101), who is making a return to racing for this event. Other TLD Supermoto riders include Micky Dymond (#43), Josh Chisum (#10) and Gary Trachy #357). Supermoto Final takes place at Home Depot Center on Saturday, August 1 at 1:30pm.
Ronnie Renner has some gold medals under his belt and he’ll be a threat to win more in both of the disciplines he competes in. The Step-Up Event was all Renner in 2008, until when Ricky Carmichael came in and stole the show. This time Renner wants to hand the GOAT a silver medal and walk away with another win. You can also catch Ronnie in the Best Whip Event; he’ll be the guy upside down. Don’t miss the Best Whip & Step-Up Finals at Staples Center on Thursday night.
The Women’s Moto X Super X Event features a rider new to the Troy Lee Designs family, Tarah Gieger. Tarah is the reigning champion from last year and she wants to back it up in 2009. She is fresh off a broken wrist from a GP race in Portugal but she’s gritty. Watch for the #68 Yamaha in her all-new TLD ladies gear. Also set to compete in the Women’s Moto X Super X event are Sherri Cruse (#3) and X Games rookie Japanese rider Sayaka Kaneshiro (#678). Sayaka rides for Suzuki Japan, and is making her X Games debut.
Needless to say – there’s no shortage of Troy Lee Designs athletes in the 2009 Summer X Games!