Perfection isn't perfect

Creating the next best trick has always defined freestyle motocross. Until now.

Updated: June 26, 2012, 4:19 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN The Magazine

WHEN THE X GAMES hosted a freestyle motocross competition for the first time in 1999, a 15-year-old Travis Pastrana took first place by performing an electrifying 90-second run filled with tricks that, today, no self-respecting rider would bother including in a warmup. Compare that with ice skating's triple axel: 53 years after it was first recorded in 1957, Evan Lysacek included it in his gold-medal-winning Olympic routine.

The reality is, most freestyle motocross ...

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