ESPN’s X Games expands to Brazil, Germany and Spain

ESPN’s X Games expands to Brazil, Germany and Spain

Three New Cities Join L.A., Aspen and Tignes to Host X Games Beginning in 2013. ESPN, the leading action sports content provider, and creator of the X Games, will bring the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain beginning in 2013. Those cities will join Aspen, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif. and Tignes, France to host the X Games in an effort to expand globally. With relevance to contemporary youth around the world, this expansion is a transformation from an action sports competition brand into an action sports lifestyle brand that will highlight new locations and enhanced cultural and digital elements around the world.

ESPN conducted a formal bid process starting last May which resulted in significant interest from locations around the world that bid to host one of three new events (which join Los Angeles, Aspen and Tignes). Beginning today, local organizing committees for Foz do Iguaçu (pronounced Fawz Day Ig wah soo), Munich and Barcelona will collaborate with ESPN for the next three years to bring the premier action sports event to their cities, launching an annual, six-event X Games calendar  – four of which will be summer events and two winter.

“ESPN has been committed to the X Games franchise for nearly two decades and is incredibly excited for the future and this new endeavor,” said John Skipper, president, ESPN and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks. “We are bringing significant focus to this expansion because we believe in the universal appeal of these sports and competitors and want to share the X Games experience with fans around the world.”

Motorsports icon Travis Pastrana, who has 17 X Games medals to his name, supports ESPN’s decision to expand the X Games globally. “ESPN is giving athletes the opportunity to really chase their dreams, and the X Games are the most important and biggest events ever created for our sports,” said Pastrana. “The concept of bringing them to different places around the world is awesome, and I’m excited to see what it will do for action sports.”

Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil – Action sports is an integral part to the lifestyle in Foz do Iguaçu, especially those linked to nature and water, and action sports participation is growing every year. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the city of Foz do Iguaçu, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1986 and center for environmental thought and dialogue, uniquely offers the integration of the event with nature and the concept of environmental sustainability as a true pillar. Located on the borders of Argentina and Paraguay, X Games events will be held at the Iguaçu Falls, the Itaipu Dam and the Foz Do Iguacu Convention Center.

Munich, Germany – The cosmopolitan city of Munich offers a perfect backdrop as numerous sports festivals and top-quality, major international competitions in both professional and recreational sports have been staged within and around the Bavarian capital. The sporting infrastructure already exists and will be used sustainably: The Munich Olympic Park will provide a unique area in the middle of the city with all sports venues for the X Games contained within the park.

Barcelona, Spain – The resounding success of organizing the 1992 Olympic Games contributed decisively to projecting Barcelona’s sports image abroad. The organization of the Olympics improved and endowed the city with a whole series of first-class infrastructures that have since been used to host major sporting events. All X Games activities will be consolidated in Montjuïc Park’s Olympic Ring area, a unique space that combines different top-level sporting facilities with spectacular views over the city.

X Games 2013 Schedule:

  • Aspen, Colo., USA – January 24 – 27
  • Tignes, France – March 20 – 22
  • Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil – April 18 – 21
  • Barcelona, Spain – May 9 – 12
  • Munich, Germany – June 27 – 30
  • Los Angeles, Calif., USA – August 1 – 4

X Games Global Expansion – The X Games events will 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 version of the 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.  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.

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Rockstar Energy Racing Teams Double-Podium Supercross Lites in Salt Lake City

Rockstar Energy Racing Teams Double-Podium Supercross Lites in Salt Lake City

Rockstar teammates Jason Anderson & Martin Davalos bring home 2nd & 3rd

The Rockstar Energy Racing teams celebrated their first double podium of the season at round 16 of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT, on Saturday night. Rockstar Energy Racing teammates Jason Anderson and Martin Davalos put everything on the line, racing for all they were worth and finishing a spectacular second and third, respectively, in the Supercross Lites class.

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Photos by Jake Klingensmith

Rockstar Energy Racing’s Anderson’s results at this penultimate round were not only his career best, but also his first career main event podium. Anderson’s night started with his six-lap heat race, where he got up front right off the bat and finished second. Then, he went on to holeshot the 15-lap main event, and led the first 10 laps before eventually finishing second.

“My race was good,” said Anderson. “I grabbed the holeshot and I’m pumped about that. I was a little nervous about running up front, but I came out a solid second and I can’t thank my Rockstar Energy Racing team enough. They’ve stuck by me through thick and thin. Going into Las Vegas, I have some good momentum and I’m motivated after this weekend, so I just want to keep progressing.”

Similarly for Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Davalos, this past weekend’s race marked both his best finish of 2012 and first podium of the season. Dicing aggressively with his teammate, as well as everyone else in his heat and the main event, Davalos followed Anderson home in third place in both races.

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“It was definitely a great night for our team, with Jason getting second and me getting third,” said Davalos. “I feel like I rode really good and I’m just proud to be on the podium. It’s been a rough season for me, and this was a great way to come back and put it on the box for the team. They’ve worked so hard and I’m so proud to be a part of the Rockstar Energy Racing team.”

Rounding out the Rockstar teams’ Supercross Lites effort is Star Valli Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes. Coming off a win last weekend, Sipes got a great start in his heat race, only to go down while leading. The Star Valli Yamaha rider quickly recovered to finish fourth. In the main, unfortunately, Sipes suffered some bad luck and wound up 16th. Already looking ahead, Sipes is focusing on the East/West Shootout in Las Vegas. He won the season-ending event last year and is eager to defend his title next weekend.

“This was not the weekend I was hoping for,” admitted Sipes. “But I feel like I was riding good. I should have had the heat win, but I had a little tip-over. In the main, it was the craziest thing, I got taken out pretty hard on the parade lap. The bike was all bent up and there was no back brake, but by the middle of the race I was putting in some good laps. Then I mistimed a section and made a mistake that hurt me. Now, I’m just looking forward to defending the East/West Shootout in Las Vegas next weekend. I’ll be there and I’ll be strong.”

In the Supercross class, Star Valli Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry continues to charge hard. After transferring to the main by winning the LCQ, Kiniry made the most of his gate pick and gave 100 percent for all 20 laps. The Star Valli Yamaha rider put his head down and worked his way through the field to finish ninth and pick up his third top-10 result of the year.

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“I got the Rockstar Yamaha out to a pretty bad start in the main event, due to my qualifying,” said Kiniry. “Then I just chugged along and came from about 18th to ninth. So I got a solid top 10 for the night, and I moved us up a spot in points. My Rockstar Yamaha felt great and I’m just trying to stay in the top 10. Las Vegas is next weekend and I’ve done well there in the past, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Star Valli Yamaha teammate Weston Peick turned in a respectable performance at Salt Lake City. The Supercross rider overcame a fraught first lap in his eight-lap heat race to pick up the final transfer spot to the main. There, Peick rallied after a less-than-optimal gate pick and worked his way through the field to 12th.

“In the heat race, I got a great jump off the gate but then I spun really bad right past the finish line and got pinched off,” said Peick. “Then I worked my way from about 17th to ninth. Obviously, in the main, I had almost the last gate pick so I was basically last off the start. But I just worked my way up the best I could with how fast the track was. For Las Vegas next weekend, I’ve got to have my game going. I’ve got to walk out of there close to the top five to get up in the points. But anything can happen, it’s Supercross.”

Rockstar’s Nick Wey struggled with ongoing back pain at Salt Lake City, but still finished eighth in his heat race. Unfortunately, the cool night air exacerbated Wey’s back troubles and he struggled more and more as the evening wore on. In the end, Wey wound up finishing 13th in the main.

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“Salt Lake went OK,” said Wey. “I qualified fifth, which was cool. But then it got cold out and I struggled with my back. It just got worse even though I was trying to exercise between riding. I just had a bad night, so I’ll go home and try to rest my back and finish out strong in Las Vegas. Then I’ll regroup and maybe have back surgery so I don’t have to deal with it anymore, and come back strong for Supercross next year.”

Rockstar’s Brett Metcalfe also had a rough time at Salt Lake City. Although Metcalfe had a good showing in his heat race with a sixth-place finish, the main saw him get tangled up with another rider who crashed right in front of him. Unfortunately, Metcalfe was forced to retire for the evening.

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Finally, Star Valli Yamaha’s Supercross Lites rider Gareth Swanepoel is still recovering from injury and did not race in Salt Lake City. Nor did Star Valli Yamaha’s Supercross rider Nico Izzi, who qualified well but suffered a practice crash and was unable to race.

The next event for the Rockstar Energy Racing teams is the 17th and final round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, May 5th, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.

Eli Tomac Wraps Up the 2012 Lites West Championship

Rice-Eccles Stadium was filled Saturday night for Round 16 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series in Salt Lake City, UT. It was an exciting night with GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac taking the win and wrapping up the Lites West Championship with one round still remaining. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton rode a solid Supercross race, finishing in fourth place to gain valuable points.

The Race

Brayton rode an impressive heat race aboard his factory CRF450R, finishing second after leading throughout the majority of the race. In the main, Brayton got a mid-pack start and spent the race charging forward through the pack to finish fourth.

“Today was a little frustrating for me. I had a hard time finding my rhythm on the track during practice but in the heat race things started to feel really good. I led the majority of the race but after a good battle, Millsaps got by me,” said Brayton. “In the main I got a bad start, which made it really tough to get to the front where I needed to be to battle with the leaders. After being on the podium so many times it’s hard not to be up there, and I’m determined to get on the top of the box. With one more round I am hoping to make it all count and take the win in Vegas.”  

After an impressive win in Seattle, Andrew Short finished a respectable seventh place aboard his new Chaparral Honda CRF450R.

In the Lites West class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac grabbed his fourth win of the season and wrapped up his first-ever Supercross title. Tomac got a mid-pack start in the main but quickly made his way through the field. Once in the lead, Tomac never looked back, checking out and taking the checkered flag. Both Tomac and teammate Justin Barcia will head into the final round in Las Vegas with the number one plates.

“This is an awesome feeling. Honestly, I didn’t even know I had won the championship at first. I came off the track and had no idea. Then when someone told me I couldn’t believe it. I have worked so hard this season, so knowing it has paid off is great,” stated Tomac.

Teammate Wil Hahn finished second in his heat, and a solid fourth in the main.

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Kyle Chisholm Ready to Race 2nd Annual Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium

Feld Motor Sports® announced today that Jeff Ward Racing’s Kyle Chisholm, of Valrico, Fla., will race in the second annual Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20.

Chisholm turned pro in 2004 and finished sixth overall at last year’s inaugural Monster Energy Cup. In the three Main Events at last year’s race, Chisholm finished 9-9-7, respectively.

“I was happy with my performance last year, and coming back from my injury I wasn’t sure what to expect really and finishing sixth overall was an accomplishment for me,” said Chisholm. “Compared to a regular supercross race, this event was different because there were three Main Events, the track was rougher and the Main Events were longer. The $1 million is a pretty awesome incentive for us to race at the Monster Energy Cup.”

In a career-best 10th place overall in the 2010 Monster Energy Supercross Championship, Chisholm has five top-10 finishes and his best finish of the season was a fifth at Salt Lake City.

“My overall impression of the first Monster Energy Cup race was very good,” said Chisholm. “I really liked the race and the format, and I’m excited and ready to race it again in 2012 on my Jeff Ward Racing Kawasaki!”

The 2012 Monster Energy Cup features an all-new track design inspired by five-time Supercross Class Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Carmichael-inspired track design will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles unlike any other racetrack design in the world. More than 200′ of the track will be built into the grandstands, and the riders exit the stadium and race through the Monster Energy Fan Zone outside of the stadium and through the pit area before they catapult back into the stadium. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and any rider that wins all three Main Events will take home $1 million.

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