Chad Kerley wins Gatorade Free Flow Tour

Burr Ridge, Ill. (July 19, 2009)— Out of a field of 30 BMX riders, Chad Kerley won the BMX park competition Sunday at the Gatorade Free Flow Tour?s stop in Clairemont, Calif.

Fifteen-year-old Kerley from San Diego, Calif. earned the BMX park victory at the Mission Valley YMCA after executing a number of technical tricks during the final jam session, including a barspin to manual to barspin to seal the victory. Dillon Hass was second and Patrick Casey finished in third place.

I was just happy to make it through the semi-final heat after my hands started cramping up,? Kerley said. ?But once I got to the finals, everything turned on, and I felt good. All the guys were riding so well today, it was a crazy contest.

This is the most people we?ve had at the park in a while,? Mission Valley YMCA manager, Laszlo Keleman, said. The Gatorade Free Flow Tour was a huge success for us this weekend.

With the win, Kerley, Dern and Hamlisch each earns an automatic bid into the Gatorade Free Flow Tour Finals that will take place at the Dew Tour?s Toyota Challenge, September 17-20, 2009.