The motorsports production powerhouse – Mad Media, and UTVUnderground.com launched a remarkable new viral video today called “XP1K”. Directed by The Martelli Brothers, (best known for directing the first three Gymkhana films), XP1K features off-road champion and factory Polaris Pro UTV racer RJ Anderson behind the wheel of a custom built, 190 horsepower, 2014 Polaris RZR XP1000 UTV. The video is a non-stop blitz of off-road action, jaw dropping close calls, and precision driving – and features a climactic world record-breaking ending!
The XP1K project was announced a week ago in conjunction with the release of the 2014 Polaris RZR XP1000 off-road vehicle by Polaris Industries at their annual dealer show. The official XP1K trailer was released on XP1K.com shortly after, followed by a teaser clip that was hosted by project partner Falken Tire. Both clips highlight the unique nature of the project, and feature arresting images of both the XP1K vehicle and the unforgiving, destructive backdrop that served as the location for filming.
“XP1K is gnarly. We picked an abandoned iron mine in the middle of the desert and turned it into a sketchy post-apocalyptic off-road skate park. There were no road cones out there! It was all real concrete and consequences. We built the fastest, most powerful UTV on the planet. RJ got in it, and stomped everything we could come up with. Nothing in this video is fake – it’s 100% adrenaline. I don’t think people will ever look at a UTV the same way,” said XP1K co-director and Mad Media CEO Matt Martelli.
The XP1K vehicles were built by a team of off-road racing experts. Mark Holz of Holz Racing Products received two stock 2014 RZR XP1000’s from UTVUnderground.com and rebuilt them from the ground up. Randy Anderson of Walker Evans engineered and installed a custom Walker Evans suspension set-up, normally reserved for off-road race trucks. Additionally, Kevin Kroyer at Kroyer Racing Engines teamed up with MCX Turbos and produced the most powerful UTV engines ever built, specifically for the XP1K vehicles. The cars sit on custom grooved Falken Wildpeak A/T Tires and feature safety equipment from Mastercraft and Impact. They are wrapped with a custom Mad Media designed graphics package that is used throughout the campaign. Complete vehicle specs can be found at xp1k.com
“We pulled out all the stops on XP1K – to make it as fun and authentic to watch as possible,” commented XP1K co-director and Mad Media COO Joshua Martelli. “We shot handheld, on sticks, on dollies, car to car, from helicopters…RC helicopters, used a ton of GoPro cameras – cranes, jibs, you name it… It was a lot of hard work – but the end result was worth it. This is the best off-road video we’ve seen in a long time. We’re very proud of it, and extremely grateful to RJ, Polaris, Falken, Walker, and all of our project partners for helping us make it happen.”
www.xp1K.com to view the full video, teaser, and official trailer, as well as extensive photo galleries.
For media inquiries please contact: Kilian Hamlin / [email protected]
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About Mad Media:
Mad Media (www.madmedia.com) is a San Diego based marketing and creative agency offering professional print, web, and film production. They specialize in producing culturally relevant brand messaging using professional athletes, musicians, and artists. Mad Media focuses on sports and cultures that they are passionate about, including skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross, FMX, BMX, off-road racing, rally racing, Hip-Hop, Punk Rock and Mixed Martial Arts. Mad Media has produced over twenty major commercial and viral film projects this year for clients such as Subaru of America, DC Shoes, Monster Energy Drink, and Harley-Davidson. Mad Media has been executing immersive marketing campaigns since 1996.
Ryan Villopoto sweeps both motos in New York. Justin Barcia second, Ryan Dungey third. Eli Tomac sweeps 250 class over Jeremy Martin and Ken Roczen. Round 10 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series at the historic Unadilla MX Park
Coming into today, Ryan Villopoto leads Ryan Dungey by 34 points in the 450 class, and Eli Tomac leads Ken Roczen by 27 points in the 250 class.
- If you missed last week’s ESPN X Games Los Angeles 2013 coverage – it’s here.
In 450 Qualifying, the quickest lap is turned in by Ryan Villopoto – 2 minutes 16 seconds. Next is Justin Barcia 2:17, Mike Alessi 2:18, Justin Brayton 2:18, Ryan Dungey 2:18, James Stewart 2:19, Josh Grant 2:19, Trey Canard 2:19. 84 riders attempted to qualify in the 450 class.
In 250 Qualifying, the quickest lap, by far, was turned in by Eli Tomac – 2 minutes 15 seconds. Defending National Champion Blake Baggett is next at 2:18. Zach Osborne 2:19, Ken Roczen 2:19, Jason Anderson 2:19, Jeremy Martin 2:20, Darryn Durham 2:20, Marvin Musquin 2:20. At 2 minutes 21 seconds – Martin Davalos and Adam Cianciarulo. 81 riders attempted to qualify in the 250 class.
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450 Moto 1 – the holeshot goes to Ryan Villopoto, with Ryan Dungey in second. Then James Stewart, Andrew Short, Trey Canard, and Justin Barcia.
At the five lap mark, it’s Ryan Villopoto comfortably out front. He leads second place Dungey by over 10 seconds. Third is Stewart, then Canard, Barcia, Short, Josh Grant, Justin Brayton, and Brett Metcalfe.
On lap 7, Trey Canard slows, and pulls off the track. He doesn’t look hurt, and didn’t fall – so it’s probably a bike issue.
This 30 minute plus two lap moto was ‘easy’ for RV. He led from start to finish – all 15 laps. Villopoto wins. Ryan Dungey finishes second, almost 20 seconds back. Third place goes to James Stewart. Then Barcia, Grant, Short, Brayton, Tickle, Weimer, Metcalfe, Rattray, and Alessi 12th. Reedy 17th.
250 Moto 1 – Guess who? Wil Hahn with the holeshot! At the end of the first lap, it’s Hahn, Jeremy Martin, Ken Roczen, Adam Cianciarulo, Zach Osborne, Eli Tomac, Martin Davalos, Kyle Cunningham, Alex Martin, Cole Seely, Blake Baggett 11th. Marvin Musquin 24th.
At the end of four laps, it’s Wil Hahn still leading. Jeremy Martin second, Ken Roczen third, and Eli Tomac fourth. All four of them are very close together! Then Zach Osborne, Adam Cianciarulo, and Blake Baggett.
On lap five, Jeremy Martin has overtaken Wil Hahn for the lead! It’s Martin, Hahn, Roczen, and Tomac!
On lap six, with Martin out front, Tomac goes past Roczen and Hahn and moves to second place. It’s Martin, Tomac, Roczen and Hahn top four as lap six is completed.
Lap seven – Eli Tomac has passed Martin and moved into the lead! He’s been so strong these last few races. Running order – Tomac, Martin, Roczen, Osborne, Hahn, Baggett, Cunningham, Cianciarulo, Seely, Davalos. Musquin 12th.
Tomac is pulling away from second place Martin. And now into third place after making a move on Roczen – Zach Osborne. Then Roczen fourth, Hahn fifth, Baggett sixth at the end of 11 laps.
Tomac has been absolutely dominant. If he continues as strong as he’s been the last few weeks, he’s marching towards his first AMA National Motocross Championship. At the end of lap 14, it’s Tomac with an 17 second lead on Martin, Osborne third, Baggett fourth, Roczen in fifth, Hahn sixth. Then Cunningham, Musquin, Cianciarulo, and Seely 10th.
Eli Tomac wins this 15 lap race! Jeremy Martin takes second! Zach Osborne third! Then Baggett, Roczen, Hahn, Cunningham, Musquin, Cianciarulo, Seely 10th.
450 Moto 2 – it’s once again series points leader and 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto with the holeshot! And then there is a few crashes – one involves Trey Canard, one involves Mike Alessi and one involves James Stewart. At the end of lap one – RV, Barcia, Jake Weimer, Phil Nicoletti, Brett Metcalfe, Josh Grant, Ryan Dungey. Reed is 11th, Canard is back on the track, and Stewart and Alessi have pulled out of the race.
Ryan Villopoto is just on another level. He’s out front, looking to make it a double moto sweep on the day, and one step closer to clinching the 450 National Motocross Championship.
At the end of lap five, it’s RV over second place Barcia by 7 seconds. Third is Jake Weimer, then Josh Grant, Ryan Dungey, and Andrew Short.
10 laps in – RV, Barcia, Weimer, Dungey, Grant, Short, Metcalfe, Nicoletti, Tickle, Canada. Reed 12th. Brayton 15th. Rattray 25th. Canard 32nd. Alessi and Stewart out.
It’s Ryan Villopoto’s day. He wins this 15 lap moto, and sweeps on the day, gaining the maximum 50 points. Second in this moto goes to Justin Barcia – who also takes second overall on the day. Third is Jake Weimer. Dungey takes fourth. The rest of the top ten in this moto: Grant, Metcalfe, Short, Tickle, Nicoletti, Canada. Reed 12th. Canard 26th.
250 Moto 2 – it’s Martin Davalos with the lead, followed closely by Kenny Roczen. But by the end of the first lap, it’s K-Roc with the lead, Justin Bogle into second. Then Davalos, Jeremy Martin, Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac, Wil Hahn, Zach Osborne, Adam Cianciarulo, and Jessy Nelson tenth.
Can Tomac mount a charge and move to the front as he has done the last few motos?
Five laps complete now – Ken Roczen leading, and Eli Tomac has moved up to second! He’s seven seconds back of Roczen. Will he close up on Roczen? Will they battle? Justin Bogle is third, Jeremy Martin fourth. Then Davalos, Hahn, Osborne, Anderson, Baggett, and Justin Hill.
Tomac has closed right up to the back of Roczen. Tomac is running a little bit quicker lap times – can he make the pass?
Roczen and Tomac are literally side by side on certain parts of the track!
On lap ten, Eli Tomac has made the pass for the lead on Ken Roczen!
Just as Ryan Villopoto has been dominant in the 450 class, Eli Tomac has put his stamp on the 250 class this summer. Right now he is the strongest rider in the class.
Eli Tomac has won this final moto of the day, and with it the overall victory in the 250 class. He also extends his series points lead. The rest of the top ten in this moto – Ken Roczen, Jeremy Martin, Justin Bogle, Blake Baggett, Zach Osborne, Martin Davalos, Wil Hahn, Marvin Musquin, and Cole Seely. Jeremy Martin takes second overall on the day – his best finish ever in AMA Motocross.
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 1/1
- Justin Barcia – HON – 4/2
- Ryan Dungey – KTM – 2/4
- Jake Weimer – KAW – 9/3
- Josh Grant – YAM – 5/5
- Andrew Short – KTM – 6/7
- Brett Metcalfe – KAW – 10/6
- Broc Tickle – SUZ – 8/8
- Justin Brayton – YAM – 7/13
- Phil Nicoletti – YAM – 13/9
- James Stewart – SUZ – 3/40
- Matt Goerke – KTM – 14/14
- Chad Reed – HON – 17/12
- Jake Canada – YAM – 25/10
- Akira Narita – HON – 16/15
- Eli Tomac – HON – 1/1
- Jeremy Martin – YAM – 2/3
- Ken Roczen – KTM – 5/2
- Zach Osborne – HON – 3/6
- Blake Baggett – KAW – 4/5
- Justin Bogle – HON – 10/4
- Wil Hahn – HON – 6/8
- Marvin Musquin – KTM – 8/9
- Cole Seely – HON – 9/10
- Martin Davalos – KAW – 13/7
- Kyle Cunningham – YAM – 7/14
- Cooper Webb – YAM – 12/11
- Jessy Nelson – HON – 15/12
- Alex Martin – YAM – 14/15
- Adam Cianciarulo – KAW – 19/13
450 Point Standings:
- Ryan Villopoto – 463
- Ryan Dungey – 419
- Justin Barcia – 347
- James Stewart – 289
- Trey Canard – 263
- Andrew Short – 220
- Jake Weimer – 216
- Broc Tickle – 209
- Josh Grant – 208
- Mike Alessi – 204
- Malcolm Stewart – 171
- Phil Nicoletti – 162
- Chad Reed – 157
- Justin Brayton – 153
- Tyla Rattray – 151
250 Point Standings:
- Eli Tomac – 455
- Ken Roczen – 416
- Marvin Musquin – 359
- Blake Baggett – 329
- Zach Osborne – 296
- Jeremy Martin – 249
- Jason Anderson – 248
- Justin Bogle – 238
- Kyle Cunningham – 204
- Cole Seely – 192
- Cooper Webb – 189
- Justin Hill – 178
- Martin Davalos – 136
- Darryn Durham – 128
- Wil Hahn – 125
Past Winners – UNADILLA – New Berlin, N.Y.
August 18, 2012 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / KTM
August 13, 2011 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
August 14, 2010 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
August 15, 2009 / Chad Reed, Australia / Suzuki
July 20, 2008 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
July 15, 2007 / Kevin Windham, Centreville, MS / Honda
July 16, 2006 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
July 17, 2005 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
July 18, 2004 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
July 20, 2003 / Kevin Windham, Centreville, MS / Honda
July 21, 2002 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
July 15, 2001 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
July 16, 2000 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
July 18, 1999 / Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Honda
July 19, 1998 / Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA / Kawasaki
July 20, 1997 / Jeff Emig, Riverside, CA / Kawasaki
July 21, 1996 / Greg Albertyn, South Africa / Suzuki
July 23, 1995 / Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Honda
July 17, 1994 / Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Kawasaki
July 11, 1993 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Kawasaki
July 29, 1973 / Pierre Karsmakers, Holland / Yamaha
July 16, 1972 / Gary Jones, Hacienda Heights, CA / Yamaha
August 18, 2012 / Marvin Musquin, France / KTM
August 13, 2011 / Dean Wilson, Scotland / Kawasaki
August 14, 2010 / Trey Canard, Shawnee, OK / Honda
August 15, 2009 / Christophe Pourcel, France / Kawasaki
July 20, 2008 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
July 15, 2007 / Ben Townley, New Zealand / Kawasaki
July 16, 2006 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
July 17, 2005 / Broc Hepler, Kittanning, PA / Suzuki
July 18, 2004 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
July 20, 2003 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
July 21, 2002 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
July 15, 2001 / Grant Langston, South Africa / KTM
July 16, 2000 / Stephane Roncada, France / Yamaha
July 18, 1999 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
July 19, 1998 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
July 20, 1997 / Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, LA / Yamaha
July 21, 1996 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
July 23, 1995 / Ryan Hughes, Escondido, CA / Kawasaki
July 17, 1994 / Ryan Hughes, Escondido, CA / Kawasaki
July 11, 1993 / James Dobb, Corona, CA / Kawasaki
October 13, 1991 / Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Suzuki
October 14, 1990 / Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Suzuki
October 15, 1989 / Damon Bradshaw, Charlotte, NC / Yamaha
October 13, 1991 / Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, CA / Kawasaki
October 14, 1990 / Rick Johnson, El Cajon, CA / Honda
October 15, 1989 / Jean-Michel Bayle, France / Honda
July 31, 1977 / Marty Smith, San Diego, CA / Honda
August 1, 1976 / Steve Stackable, Austin, TX / Suzuki
The final day of ESPN’s X Games Los Angeles 2013. X Games is the annual extravaganza of action & extreme sports, music, fashion, and more. If you’ve never been to an X Games – try to go. Next year’s event will be held in Austin, Texas, at the Circuit of the Americas. Very cool place.
Today on Day 4 – Men’s & Women’s Moto X Enduro X, RallyCross Lites, and Ford RallyCross Supercar.
Taddy takes Gold in Enduro X!
ESPN’s YouTube clip of the Men’s Enduro X Moto X Finals
ESPN’s YouTube clip of Moto X Bloopers
Courtesy ESPN / X Games
Heikkinen’s Remarkable at RallyCross, Blazusiak Owns Enduro X
A crowd of 24,000 closed out X Games Los Angeles before the event moves on to Austin, Texas next summer, bringing the four-day total to 92,000 and the eleven-year total for X Games Los Angeles to 1.5 million. Competition wrapped up with Enduro X and sold out Ford RallyCross competitions.
Just east of downtown Los Angeles at the Irwindale Event Center, the day’s main attraction was the Ford RallyCross. While all eyes were on Travis Pastrana, who raced a NASCAR Nationwide event the day prior, it was not to be for the X Games legend as Finnish phenom Toomas Heikkinen proved why he is one of the most consistent racers on the circuit.
After a smooth start, favorites Ken Block and Liam Doran tangled on the second corner of the race, causing a lock up that Heikkinen was able to negotiate and take an early lead. Last nights silver medalist in Gymkhana, Tanner Foust and Norway’s Sverre Isachsen battled for second and third, but Heikkinen’s lead proved too much to overcome. Pastrana, who was displaced in the early lock up, could not recover and finished fourth.
The final events at Staples Center were men’s and women’s Enduro X. In the men’s competition, Taddy Blazusiak was able to take the crucial hole shot. Battling through the course, the 30-year-old racer from Poland held onto his lead as Mike Brown and Cody Webb traded places throughout, eventually finishing second and third. Coming off a silver medal in Munich, it was Barcelona native Laia Sanz who emerged through the punishing course and gained control over rival Maria Forsberg for the gold in the women’s division.
Gold: Toomas Heikkinen, 6:15.573 (FIN)
Silver: Tanner Foust, 6:19.678 (USA)
Bronze: Sverre Isachsen, 6:25.002 (NOR)
RallyCross Final Results
1. Toomas Heikkinen, 6:15.573 (FIN)
2. Tanner Foust, 6:19.678 (USA)
3. Sverre Isachsen, 6:25.002 (NOR)
4. Rhys Millen, 6:31.579 (USA)
5. Travis Pastrana, 6:47.646 (USA)
6. Ken Block, 6:55.629 (USA)
7. Brian Deegan, -1 lap (USA)
8. Patrik Sandell, -2 laps (SWE)
9. Scott Speed, -5 laps (USA)
10. Liam Doran, -10 laps (GBR)
RallyCross Lites Final
Gold: Joni Wiman, 6:50.078 (FIN)
Silver: Mitchell DeJong, 6:54.968 (USA)
Bronze: Sebastian Eriksson, 6:57.618 (SWE)
RallyCross Lites Final Results
1. Joni Wiman, 6:50.078 (FIN)
2. Mitchell DeJong, 6:54.968 (USA)
3. Sebastian Eriksson, 6:57.618 (SWE)
4. Kevin Eriksson, 7:04.060 (SWE)
5. Reinis Nitiss, 7:21.144 (LAT)
6. Alexander Westlund, -1 lap (SWE)
Men’s Enduro X Final
Gold: Taddy Blazusiak, 7:55.393 (POL)
Silver: Mike Brown, 7:59.137 (USA)
Bronze: Cody Webb, 8:02.191 (USA)
Men’s Enduro X Final Results
1. Taddy Blazusiak, 7:55.393 (POL)
2. Mike Brown, 7:59.137 (USA)
3. Cody Webb, 8:02.191 (USA)
4. Colton Haaker, 8:06.488 (USA)
5. Taylor Robert, 8:17.305 (USA)
6. David Knight, 8:25.399 (Isle of Man)
7. Cory Graffunder, -1 lap (CAN)
8. Justin Soule, -1 lap (USA)
9. Kyle Redmond, -1 lap (USA)
10. Gary Sutherlin, -1 lap (USA)
11. Destry Abbott, -2 laps (USA)
12. Ty Tremaine, -3 laps (USA)
Women’s Enduro X Final
Gold: Laia Sanz, 5:10.410 (ESP)
Silver: Maria Forsberg, 5:47.608 (USA)
Bronze: Tarah Gieger, 6:02.599 (PUR)
Women’s Enduro X Final Results
1. Laia Sanz, 5:10.410 (ESP)
2. Maria Forsberg, 5:47.608 (USA)
3. Tarah Gieger, 6:02.599 (PUR)
4. Sandra Gómez Cantero, 6:03.898 (ESP)
5. Rachel Gutish, 6:10.665 (USA)
6. Kacy Martinez, 6:19.347 (USA)
7. Chantelle Bykerk, -1 lap (CAN)
8. Shelby Turner, -1 lap (CAN)
9. Maria Franke, -2 laps (USA)
10. Lexi Pechout, -3 laps (CAN)
Taddy Blazusiak, X Games Los Angeles gold medalist Enduro X on what’s next. “I’m going to be sitting at the pool the next month. I hope you guys are doing the same!”
Photo of Taddy with Gold Medal – Garth Milan / ESPN Images
Thanks to ESPN / X Games & their incredible staff. For everything “X”, check out their site http://www.xgames.com
One name stands out today in World Motocross – Jeffrey Herlings. Jeffrey won both motos today, and with it, becomes the 2013 FIM MX2 World Motocross Champion! His second consecutive World Championship! In the premier MXGP class, it’s Clement Desalle with the Grand Prix win – he won both motos. World Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli scores fifth, but leads the points chase by a large margin. Video hi-lites below courtesy Youthstream
Notes: Among a few that did not race today: Max Nagl stomach virus, Gautier Paulin concussion, Steven Frossard leg injury.
Although Clement Desalle won in the premier MX GP class convincingly, today is all about Jeffrey Herlings – 2013 FIM World MX2 Motocross Champion!
- Jeffrey Herlings – KTM – 1/1
- Christophe Charlier – YAM – 4/2
- Al Tonkov – HON – 3/4
- Al Lupino – KAW – 2/8
- Jordi Tixier – KTM – 5/5
- Dylan Ferrandis – KAW – 7/7
- Jake Nicholls – KTM
- Petar Petrov – YAM
- Jose Butron – KTM
- Romain Febvre – KTM
- Clement Desalle – SUZ – 1/1
- Kevin Strijbos – SUZ – 2/4
- Evgeny Bobryshev – HON – 5/3
- Ken de Dycker – KTM – 3/6
- Tony Cairoli – KTM – 4/7
- Tommy Searle – KAW – 8/4
- David Philippaerts – HON
- Jeremy van Horebeek – KAW
- Shaun Simpson – YAM
- Tanel Leok – TM
MX2 Championship points:
- Jeffrey Herlings – 692
- Jordi Tixier – 515
- Jose Butron – 436
- Christophe Charlier – 405
- Glenn Coldenhoff – 377
- Dean Ferris – 359
- Jake Nicholls – 345
- Alessandro Lupino – 294
- Max Anstie – 282
- Petar Petrov – 262
- Dylan Ferrandis – 249
- Mel Pocock – 234
- Aleksander Tonkov – 233
- Romain Febvre – 199
- Harri Kullas – 182
- Maxime Desprey – 157
MXGP Championship points:
- Tony Cairoli – 643
- Clement Desalle – 553
- Ken de Dycker – 514
- Gautier Paulin – 465
- Kevin Strijbos – 437
- Tommy Searle – 404
- Jeremy van Horebeek – 351
- Max Nagl – 314
- David Philippaerts – 245
- Evgeny Bobryshev – 238
- Rui Goncalves – 230
- Shaun Simpson – 221
- Joel Roelants – 220
- Davide Guarneri – 195
- Tanel Leok – 176
Video hi-lites 2013 Czech MX Grand Prix
J Herlings – 2013 FIM World Motocross Champion MX2!
It’s the extravaganza that is X Games – a signature ESPN event. Today on Day 3 – Skateboard Vert, Street League Skateboarding, Gymkhana Grid, BMX Street, Adaptive Moto X Racing, Men’s & Women’s Moto X Racing. (You can call it Supercross : )
Of course you all want to know first about the supercross, officially called Men’s Moto-X Racing. Josh Hill led most of the race, but right on his rear wheel most of the race was Justin Brayton. And Justin made a block pass on Josh for the lead on a tight left hand corner on the last lap of the race to win! Brayton takes Gold! Hill second, and Chris Blose third.
There was a big pile up in the first corner, which included Chad Reed, but Chad came back to finish fourth.
In the women’s race, Australia’s Meghan Rutledge was set for the win … and had a crash just at the end! Vicki Golden captured the Gold, with Meghan second, and Chiara Fontanesi third.
The start of Men’s Moto X – Chad Reed 22, Josh Hill 75, Justin Brayton 10
Justin Brayton makes the last lap pass on Josh Hill
ESPN’s YouTube clip of the Men’s Moto X Final – watch it!
ESPN’s YouTube clip of the Women’s Moto X Final – watch the final lap!
Here is more courtesy ESPN / X Games:
Dramatic finishes at Moto X Racing, Kerley Steals BMX Street and Foust is fastest at Gymkhana. Lasek caps a golden year, Huston still superior on Street.
History was made at the Skateboard Vert finals as 40-year-old Bucky Lasek won gold beating out rival Pierre-Luc Gagnon who took silver. Lasek’s first of four runs held its ground as the field of skaters gave tried to top his score of 92.33. With signature tricks like a heelflip frontside twist, a boneless 540, Lasek swept the Summer X Games series with his fourth straight gold this year. Veteran Andy MacDonald, who has competed in every Vert event since it’s inception at the X Games, took bronze.
As the Street League finals got underway, Nyjah Huston showed his authority early, landing nearly every trick to earn gold. His winning runs included a Caballerial to noseblunt slide over the a-frame rail. Though main rival Paul Rodriguez skated the entire contest switch, his efforts we’re not enough to medal with Chris Cole taking silver and Luan Oliviera sneaking into third, landing a switch 360 flip on his final attempt. At the age of 18, this is Huston’s fourth X Games gold in Street.
At the Irwindale Event Center, Saturday’s main event was Gymkhana Grid, a driving technique turned competition in which drivers negotiate a specifically designed, gauntlet style course performing 180-degree turns, 360-degree spins, drifting and other advanced skills.
Gymkhana ambassador and favorite Ken Block was taken out in the first round, opening up the competition for Tanner Foust and ultimately taking the victory against Patrik Sandell. In best two out of three race format, Foust won the first two convincingly taking inaugural gold in the new event.
BMX Freestyle Street proved to be a clash between six-time winner Garrett Reynolds and underdog Chad Kerley. However, it was Kerley who ultimately took home gold by way of his consistency and combination tricks. Reynolds who took home silver, commented, “It’s an honor to be beat by that guy.”
Making its X Games return at the STAPLES Center, Moto X Racing competitors battled for gold for the first time since 2010. After two elimination rounds on the Supercross style course, Justin Brayton took gold in a race to remember. Patiently riding behind leader Josh Hill for most of the race, it was not until the last lap that Brayton gained control by closing out Hill with just a few turns left to bring home his first X Games gold.
On the women’s side, Meghan Rutledge, who held a strong lead for most of the race, botched a celebratory jump just before the finish line, allowing Vicki Golden to overtake her and claim gold.
Finally, Mike Schultz earned gold with an inspiring run along with five other athletes in the Adaptive race proving that heart is equally as important as talent at X Games.
BMX Street Final
Gold: Chad Kerley, 87.00 (USA)
Silver: Garrett Reynolds, 86.00 (USA)
Bronze: Jeremiah Smith, 80.00 (USA)
BMX Street Final Results
1. Chad Kerley, 87.00 (USA)
2. Garrett Reynolds, 86.00 (USA)
3. Jeremiah Smith, 80.00 (USA)
4. Ty Morrow, 76.00 (USA)
5. Simone Barraco, 69.00 (ITL)
6. Dennis Enarson, 67.00 (USA)
Gold: Mike Schultz, 25.453 (USA)
Silver: Todd Thompson, 26.486 (USA)
Bronze: Chris Ridgway, 24.786 (USA)
Adaptive Final Results
1. Mike Schultz, 25.453 (USA)
2. Todd Thompson, 26.486 (USA)
3. Chris Ridgway, 24.786 (USA)
4. Max Gomez, 26.595 (USA)
5. Steve Howe, 29.088 (USA)
6. Dave Turner, 29.947 (USA)
Gymkhana Grid Final
Gold: Tanner Foust (USA)
Silver: Patrik Sandell (SWE)
Bronze: Liam Doran (GBR)
Gymkhana Grid Final Results
1. Tanner Foust (USA)
2. Patrik Sandell (SWE)
3. Liam Doran (GBR)
4. Anton Marklund (SWE)
5. Stephan Verdier (USA)
6. David Higgins (Isle of Man)
7. Ken Block (USA)
8. Brian Deegan (USA)
Men’s Moto X Racing Final
Gold: Justin Brayton, 7:59.950 (USA)
Silver: Josh Hill, 8:01.115 (USA)
Bronze: Chris Blose, 8:02.028 (USA)
Men’s Racing Round One — Heat 1A
1. Josh Hill, 4:43.641 (USA)
2. Justin Brayton, 4:43.919 (USA)
3. Weston Peick, 4:47.277 (USA)
4. Ryan Sipes, 4:48.935 (USA)
5. Wil Hahn, 4:51.890 (USA)
6. Jeff Gibson, 4:56.782 (USA)
7. Zach Ames, 4:47.774 (USA)
8. Mike Brown, 4:59.894 (USA)
9. Tyler Bereman, 5:03.535 (USA)
10. Tyler Bowers, 5:03.546 (USA)
Men’s Racing Round One — Heat 1B
1. Chad Reed, 4:46.107 (AUS)
2. Chris Blose, 4:49.742 (USA)
3. Ben LaMay, 4:51.742 (USA)
4. Vince Friese, 4:52.706 (USA)
5. Kyle Regal, 4:54.137 (USA)
6. Travis Baker, 4:56.979 (USA)
7. Jason Lawrence, 5:02.985 (USA)
8. Mike McDade, 5:06.599 (USA)
9. Kelly Smith, 5:08.364 (USA)
10. Ricky Dietrich, 5:10.506 (USA)
Men’s Racing 2A
1. Tyler Bowers, 4:04.995 (USA)
2. Mike McDade, 4:10.048 (USA)
3. Zach Ames, 4:11.048 (USA)
4. Jason Lawrence, 4:17.311 (USA)
5. Jason Anderson, 4:17.311 (USA)
6. Jeff Gibson, 4:18.651 (USA)
7. Kelly Smith, 4:22.285 (USA)
8. Mike Brown, -1 lap (USA)
9. Tyler Bereman, -1 lap (USA)
10. Travis Baker, -7 laps (USA)
Men’s Moto X Racing Final Results
1. Justin Brayton, 7:59.950 (USA)
2. Josh Hill, 8:01.115 (USA)
3. Chris Blose, 8:02.028 (USA)
4. Chad Reed, 8:02.737 (AUS)
5. Kyle Regal, 8:12.758 (USA)
6. Ryan Sipes, 8:15.107 (USA)
7. Wil Hahn, 8:16.930 (USA)
8. Mike McDade, 8:23.200 (USA)
9. Vince Friese, 8:29.528 (USA)
10. Tyler Bowers, -1 lap (USA)
Women’s Moto X Racing Final
Gold: Vicki Golden, 26.718 (USA)
Silver: Meghan Rutledge, 26.762 (AUS)
Bronze: Kiara Fontanesi, 27.198 (ITA)
Women’s Moto X Racing Final Results
1. Vicki Golden, 26.718 (USA)
2. Meghan Rutledge, 26.762 (AUS)
3. Kiara Fontanesi, 27.198 (ITA)
4. Jessica Patterson, 27.480 (USA)
5. Tarah Gieger, 27.623 (Puerto Rico)
6. MacKenzie Tricker, 27.948 (USA)
7. Tatum Sik, 28.167 (USA)
8. Jackie Ives, 28.186 (USA)
9. Sara Pettersson, 28.526 (SWE)
10. Taylor Higgins, 28.681 (USA)
11. Brittany Marcotte, 30.003 (USA)
12. Nicole Madsen, 30.446 (USA)
Skateboard Vert Final
Gold: Bucky Lasek, 92.33 (USA)
Silver: Pierre-Luc Gagnon, 90.33 (CAN)
Bronze: Andy Macdonald, 87.00 (USA)
Skateboard Vert Final Results
1. Bucky Lasek, 92.33 (USA)
2. Pierre-Luc Gagnon, 90.33 (CAN)
3. Andy Macdonald, 87.00 (USA)
4. Marcelo Bastos, 87.00 (BRA)
5. Rony Gomes, 86.66 (BRA)
6. Sandro Dias, 86.33 (BRA)
7. Paul-Luc Ronchetti, 83.33 (GBR)
8. Sam Beckett, 79.33 (GBR)
9. Alex Perelson, 73.00 (USA)
10. Tom Schaar, 53.00 (USA)
Street League Skateboarding Final
Gold: Nyjah Huston, 53.00 (USA)
Silver: Chris Cole, 44.60 (USA)
Bronze: Luan Oliveira, 44.20 (BRA)
Street League Skateboarding Final Results
1. Nyjah Huston, 53.00 (USA)
2. Chris Cole, 44.60 (USA)
3. Luan Oliveira, 44.20 (BRA)
4. Ryan Decenzo, 38.30 (CAN)
5. Shane O’neill, 33.10 (AUS)
6. Paul Rodriguez, 32.80 (USA)
7. Torey Pudwill, 14.60 (USA)
8. Bastien Salabanzi, 6.10 (FRA)
Justin Brayton, X Games Los Angeles Moto X Racing gold medalist on his thrilling win. “You guys had to love that right?!”
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Photos courtesy Garth Milan & Scott Clarke of ESPN Images
Josh Hill’s RCH Suzuki
Wil Hahn and Ken Roczen chat it up earlier in the day
Justin Brayton’s Yamaha