Nine Cities Advance to Final Phase of X Games Global Expansion Bid Process

Finalists from Seven Countries Vying to Host X Games Events Beginning 2013

ESPN, the leading action sports content provider, and creator of the X Games, today announced at a press conference at Winter X Games Aspen the nine cities that remain in consideration to host one of three new X Games events to be held outside of the United States beginning in 2013. The three winning bid cities will join current events in Los Angeles, California; Aspen, Colorado and Tignes, France.

Since the formal bid process launched last May, ESPN has received significant interest from around the world. Initially, more than 40 entities from 21 countries were qualified to bid. Nearly 20 of these entities participated in a two-day workshop at the X Games in Los Angeles in August 2011 which was designed to educate qualified applicants on the vision and long term strategy of the X Games. Official bids were due and submitted on January 2.

Today ESPN announced the following finalists will move into the final phase of the bid process.

  • BARCELONA, SPAIN
  • FOZ DO IGUAÇU, BRAZIL
  • LISBON, PORTUGAL
  • MUNICH, GERMANY
  • QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
  • RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
  • SANTIAGO, CHILE
  • SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
  • WHISTLER, CANADA

“Action sports is unique in its participatory nature and passionate support around the world, and X Games represents the very best action sports competition, lifestyle and content,” said Russell Wolff, executive vice president and managing director, ESPN International. “We’re thrilled with the response from cities around the world, and the strong interest in bringing X Games to a diverse collection of great cities. Our growth around the world has been driven by local relevance and in building a passionate connection between fans, our brand and our partners. The X Games is a key element of that growth into the future.”

ESPN will conduct meetings and site visits with each of the finalists over the next two months. In April, three cities will be selected to host the X Games from 2013-2015, and they will work closely with ESPN to produce the events.

X Games Global Expansion: The X Games events will continue to spotlight the world’s best action sports athletes in BMX, Skateboard, Moto X, and Rally Car Racing at the X Games; and Skiing, Snowboard and Snowmobile at the Winter X Games against the backdrop of the host city and country.  Each X Games event will take on its own distinguishing character that will set it apart from the others, including the introduction of new sports and cultural elements that are drawn from the host cities themselves.

This expansion will bring the full scope and scale of the X Games brand to markets around the world.  In the past the X Games has successfully organized smaller action sports events, qualifiers and demonstrations in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Philippines and UAE.


King’s Korner – LA SX, My Time, Reedy, More

King’s Korner – LA SX, My Time, Reedy, More

Jeremy McGrath is the “King” of Supercross. He helped popularize this sport, in a way that no other had, or has, ever. Supercross is an off-shoot of motocross, but held inside major stadium venues that normally have NFL football or MLB baseball.

Seven times Jeremy has won the coveted AMA Supercross Championship – the most prestigious in off-road motorcycle racing. The most Championships ever in the history of the sport. 72 Main Event wins – again, the most ever in the history of the sport. He also won the 1995 AMA 250 National MX outdoor title.

This is Jeremy’s blog, entitled “King’s Korner”.

The crash: First off, I would like to talk about the big crash that happened this past weekend at the Los Angeles Supercross at Dodger Stadium, involving Trey Canard and Ryan Morais. It was not good. However, I don’t believe that Trey crashed because of the tuff block cover. He must have seen something that he didn’t like, which is why he didn’t do the triple jump. It’s a little crazy and mysterious as to why Ryan did jump, and I don’t know why either. But those are the risks you take in professional motorcycle racing.

I’ve hooked those types of tuff block covers a hundred times, and as a rider, you don’t really know that a cover is on your footpeg until it gets caught up in the rear wheel, which is when it begins to drag the power down.

There should be some discussion about the material used to make the covers, and something should be done to keep the covers on the track, and off the bikes. Regardless, I still do not believe a tuff block cover was the cause of the problem.

The race: As far as the racing this season in Supercross goes, this past weekend was a huge step for Chad Reed. I haven’t seen him ride like that since before his big crash at Millville last year. Something just seemed to click this week for him, and I was super impressed and hope that he can keep that momentum rolling. Overall, I’m stoked for both Chad and Honda.

Working for Honda: My duties with Honda are for testing and development – specifically for the supercross / motocross race team; for both Trey Canard and Justin Brayton. Racers often don’t have the time to go out and test every week. They need to concentrate on their main job of practicing, getting to the gym, and racing.

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For me, being involved in a testing capacity with the race team is nice. Before the Supercross season starts, I will be out at the Honda test track a few days per week, but right now with the season going, it’s a bit more off and on. Right now we have the bikes where the guys really like them. But, for example, next week we will be trying out a few new things, so testing is a continual process – but at the same time, once the season begins, our testing is a bit more relaxed.

Off-road truck racing: For the off-road side of things, one of the negative parts about racing trucks is that you don’t get very much time in the actual truck for testing or practice. Growing up as a motocross rider, getting out to practice wasn’t a big hassle; you just load up the bike and go. For off-road truck racing, the truck is so expensive, you need five or six guys to go out with you, and stuff breaks all the time. It costs so much money every time you practice, you only get to drive once in a while. Typically, we will test only once between races. It’s the offseason right now, so we are doing our testing for the 2012 season, and we will get about eight days of testing in before the first race at the end of March.

That’s why it’s hard to catch up the guys who are really good and have been doing it for 20 years. There’s no way you can go out and practice more than they do because it just costs too much money. If you had millions and millions of dollars to waste then you could treat it like motocross, but otherwise it’s impossible.

Home and Family: Some of my friends call me the “busiest retiree” they’ve ever met. Really, I’m just trying to keep the “Jeremy McGrath” brand going. At what point do I draw the line though? I still enjoy all of the things that I’m doing and they do not feel like work to me. Some weeks I’m really busy, but then other weeks I might have a lot of time to myself, my family, and my kids. During the week, I take my daughters to school and get to spend time with my wife. Family time is very important to me.

Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts,

Jeremy


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Latest info on Trey Canard – January 26

Torrance, CA: Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard underwent surgery Tuesday night after sustaining a back injury at Saturday’s Supercross event at Dodger Stadium. The purpose of the procedure was to stabilize the injured area. “The surgery went exactly as planned,” said Trey’s brother Aaron. “He is still in some pain and discomfort but is able to deal with it better and better. He is staying positive and his spirits are up, which is great to see. Depending on how the next few days go, the doctors are hoping he can be released to go home by the end of the weekend.”

American Honda will release additional news on Canard’s condition at the family request.


The 411 with Chad Reed

The 411 with Chad Reed

Are Chad and Bubba friends? Find out in the latest installment of “The 411” as multi-time supercross champion Chad Reed answers your Facebook and Twitter questions. Follow Chad and the TwoTwo Motorsports team as they contend for the supercross and motocross championships.

If you have any questions for the next “The 411” just follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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PJ Larsen Injury Update – 01.24.2012

PJ Larsen Injury Update – 01.24.2012

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JDR Motorsports announced today that JDR/J-Star/KTM team rider PJ Larsen had returned to riding for the first time since injuring his hand one week before the AMA West Supercross Lites Series kicked off.

Larsen, who has taken the past three weeks off from riding, began riding some local motocross tracks this week to evaluate the strength in his hand. “I feel really good on the bike already and was able to do some long motos earlier this week,” responded Larsen. “I plan to ride a Supercross track at the end of the week and then dive into some heavy testing before the start of the East Supercross Lites Series in mid-February.”

Larsen and his teammate Malcolm Stewart will both contend the AMA East Supercross Lites Series which will kick-off in Dallas, TX on February 18, 2012.


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