Hailing from the frosty state of Minnesota, Paris Rosen came out of nowhere to front flip his way into the hearts of the freestyle motocross industry and fans all over the world. Although Rosen had success multiple times with the trick to dirt, he never did pull the trick at his two X Games appearances in 2009 and 2010.
Nearly three years later, Paris Rosen has come out of nowhere again to inadvertently put himself back into the spotlight. This time the stakes are a little higher this time. Rosen has been successfully completing the rotation needed for a double front flip in a foam pit.
No, you don't need to clean your glasses, you red that right. Paris Rosen is training for a double front flip and XGames.com caught up with the FMX mad man last week …
XGames.com: Before we get to the current topic of interest, I want to touch on the run you made with the front flip a few years back. Tell us how your last X Games experience went in your eyes.
Rosen: I didn't have the money to pull together a good enough program that year at X and it left me with a garbage bike that went to hell on me when I needed it most.
The whole month of July I had abandoned the foam pit in my training regimen. Every day instead of show up to Vince's [Morgan] to do front flips into the pit I would just show up … Vince would come out in his flip flops and morning cup of coffee and watch as I would spin multiple 75-foot front flips to dirt in his back yard.
It was pretty cool if you think about it! So X Games comes along and after spinning well over 30 of those bad boys to dirt I was sitting in Staples Center ready to throw down! I wasn't going to go to X this year unless I was doing them to dirt consistently, and that I had taken care of.
The next part of my plan was that I was committed to throw the front flip in practice at X before the event … that one didn't go as planned. Once we fired up the bike and went out for practice we had major throttle issues. When I would rev the darn thing out and chop it the motor would stay revved at like ¾ to ½ throttle! It was so messed up! That is like my lifeline when I front flip … that throttle needs to cut off exactly when I need it to. It is the driving force to the start of the forward rotation.
Needless to say we couldn't get that problem worked out and it was still screwed up when I was on top of that roll-in ready to drop in. Oh well, I just went for it and hoped for the best. It sucked … I needed that preparation to get dialed on the course and get my timing down with the new set-up.
All in all it was my fault and I screwed the pooch big time and what do you do? My crew and I worked ourselves to the bone and we tried our absolute best. We are all fighters and we gave it heck! In FMX that's all you really can do! Give 'er heck!Read More »
Proudly wearing her Miss Motocross sash, motocross racer Sara Price didn't make it to the final 20 of the Miss California USA pageant last weekend in Pasadena, Calif. But the 2010 X Games bronze medalist in Super X came out unscathed and said she had a great experience.
"It was something totally different than anything I've ever done before, but being around so many different girls and a experiencing something new was a blast," Price said via email. "From staying in a host hotel, having a roommate and spending practically all day focusing on makeup and hair is a little different … Unfortunately I didn't win, but I know I for sure made an impact and met a lot of wonderful people."
Price, 20, had been first runner-up and "Miss Photogenic" at a pageant for teens last year in San Bernardino County but she was a rookie compared with many of the other 229 competitors. While thanking her supporters on her Facebook page Sunday, Price stated she was "not a popular connected pageant girl ;) haha."
"I am coming from a totally opposite world of motorsports. And they could like that or dislike that from the start as motocross isn't necessarily the sport to portray femininity -- as it is male dominated sport," Price said. "But I wanted to let people know that beautiful women can also race and be good."Read More »
PHOENIX -- Justin Barcia won an AMA Supercross race at Chase Field on Saturday night for his first career victory.
Barcia, a rookie from Ochlocknee, Ga., became the 56th different winner in the history of the 450SX class. Two-time 450SX class champion Ryan Villopoto of Poulsbo, Wash., was second, and Davi Millsaps of Murrieta, Calif., grabbed third. Millsaps won last week's season opener at Angels Stadium.
Villopoto spun out on the first lap and dropped from fourth to eighth place.Read More »
Thomas Pagès had quite a year in 2012, including second overall in the Red Bull X-Fighters. Check out the above video by the incomparable Michel Never for an entertaining summary of Pagès past year and a preview of the bigger things we can expect this year.
It had been too cold and snowy in Mat Rebeaud's home last month in Switzerland, so the 30-year-old freestyle motocross rider headed south to Dorno, Italy, just outside of Milan, to join his friends with the Daboot team to ride with them.
Photographer Ricky Monti was there to capture the session in December before the holidays and you can check out the scenes in our photo gallery at right. After Italy, Rebeaud told Monti he was planning to go to California for more training in early January before the FMX season kicks into gear.
"I will stay focused on Red Bull X-Fighters and X-Games [in 2013]," Rebeaud, the 2008 RBXF champion and two-time X Games medalist, said. "I built a speed and style track at home and I love it. And my motocross track helped me [with] that."
Rebeaud was just glad he could do what he loves -- ride his dirt bike -- because he had a difficult 2012 season while recovering from a broken femur the year before. He had surgery five months ago. After a painful recovery, he said he is feeling much better and he's excited about the new season.
"Now my leg is good." Rebeaud said in early December. "It's only [been] three weeks I ride on my bike. I have a lot of work, but I'm very motivated."
Hailing from Kamloops, British Columbia, Kris Foster is looking to become the second Canadian in as many years to make his debut in a Moto X discipline at the X Games. While fellow countryman Bruce Cook competed last year in Moto X Best Trick, Foster has his sights set on Speed & Style in 2013.
After a successful amateur racing career, Foster turned pro and rode in the Canadian Pro Nationals where he enjoyed moderate success. After deciding that the risk-to-reward ratio didn't even come close to adding up for him to race as a pro on tour in Canada, the now 24-year-old decided to trade the arm pump for a tailgate full of riding buddies.
Foster returned to the where it began for him … the hills. Shortly after that, Foster got linked up with a ramp and the rest is history.
We caught up with Monster Energy rider last month to talk about life, Speed & Style, and his out-of-the-blue opportunity to return to pro racing under a factory tent this past summer for one race.
Kris Foster, how has the weather been up in British Columbia this winter?
Foster: Hey man, the weather has been pretty good, been getting some rain and snow, so that has kept the dirt nice.
Before the Supercross season started last weekend, Metal Mulisha Star Racing riders Kyle Cunningham and Jeremy Martin discussed the year ahead and broke out some whips during practice [see above video]. Cunningham finished 11th in the 250SX main event Saturday at Anaheim, Calif.
The 20-year-old motocross prodigy -- who won 17 national amateur titles with three different sanctioning bodies and won AMA/WMX "Rookie of the Year" honors in 2009 -- has submitted her photo portfolio to the judges and is now preparing for the pageant's three equally scored onstage events: interview, swimsuit and evening gown.
"What I've learned is to just be yourself," Price told XGames.com. "When you do that, it'll show, and that's what the judges want to see."Read More »
You may remember our story in November about the HERO Racing team and the attempt of three amputees to run the Baja 1000 in the Pro motorcycle class. HERO racing's No. 2X bike, ridden by Chris Ridgway, Mario Panagiotopolis and Jim Wazny was randomly drawn as the first bike off the line in Ensenada, Mexico.
The team not only finished the race in a grueling 31 hours, 30 minutes and 59 seconds, but it placed a more than respectable sixth in the Pro category against some stiff competition.
Ridgway was the rider for leg No. 1 and this meant that he had the dubious honor of being chased off the start by all the "big boys."
Ridgway is a veteran of the Baja 1000, but this was a special day for him with the thousands of people showing up for the start of the race. Ridgway had spent the previous days riding and training with motocross legends Rick Johnson, Mike Brown and Shane Esposito, so he had not really given much thought to starting off this epic race until race day dawned.
"I didn't really get nervous until the day of the race because I had never been to the start," Ridgway said. "All of a sudden it was happening and all these things I wasn't expecting. It wasn't like a motocross race and it wasn't like anything I had ever done because when I raced the Baja before I was down the peninsula somewhere, the bike shows up and I take off and there were like 12 people watching!"Read More »
Tucker Hibbert swept both rounds of the Pro Open class this weekend at the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series at the Canterbury Park Raceway in Shakopee, Minn.
The Pelican Rapids, Minn., native benefitted from Tim Tremblay being black-flagged and subsequently disqualified for aggressive driving after he accidentally dragged Ross Martin while trying to pass him after Martin crashed in the main event of Round 6 on Saturday night.
"It was a little bit tougher to get up here today, but it was really fun early on running with Ross and Tim," Hibbert said in a news release. "Just an exciting race."Read More »