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|Your XG15 Best Trick podium.|
8:36 p.m. PST: And your 2009 gold medalist, Kyle Loza!-RL
8:10 p.m. PST: Loza took it! Bilko silver and Potter bronze! No TP.-RL
8:04 p.m. PST: Please don't invite Scott Murray back. Another double backflip unlanded. It's over man. Like I said, we miss Cam Sinclair.-RL
7:56 p.m. PST: We just got word that Pastrana will be back for his second run! They're propping his ramp back up! Oh man, one more chance to make history.-RL
7:54 p.m. PST: Huge cliff hanger flip to no handed lander. Man, Todd and Bilko are killing it!!!-RL
7:51 p.m. PST: Travis is up and now it's Loza's chance to see if he can make it three gold medals in a row. Wow, this event is turning out just like I expected. This sport is insane ... Too insane.
Willy watts is a dud! Two dead sailors. And he's out. Man, I'm guessing this will be his last X Games.
Todd Potter just threw down a huge laid back no handed flip. He got sideways and hit the barrier, but he's up! Sick!-RL
7:48 p.m. PST: Kyle Loza's attempt is a dud. Man, dead sailor. What a weird Best Trick. Looks like Bilko and Potter are playing it safe and smart. Guaranteed medals for those guys! Gnarly!-RL
7:40 p.m. PST: Oh crap, here comes Paris Rosen! So scared! Here he goes! Oh and he under rotates! He's down now. Can't get up. Stay tuned. Looks like his dirt attempt to dirt just didn't quite get it.
Paris is up and moving. Now for Pastrana! Oh man. Oh man. I'm literally shaking.
Here he goes and ... He's down! So. Lise! He got the rotation but came back down on his back and side. He just threw a thumbs up! He's still down, let's hope he gets up. This isn't looking good.-RL
7:35 p.m. PST: Now Charles Pages! He just went for a HUGE decade air! But he's down, but he's up now! Hopefully he'll be back to pull his front flip next run. Insane already!
Oh man, here goes Murray! So nervous. And he's down! He still can't pull it! We need Cam Sinclair back!-RL
7:29 p.m. PST: Next up Scott Murray! I have to tell you, I'm freaking scared. He's got his own custom ramp. Will it be a double backflip?-RL
7:25 p.m. PST: First up, Willy Watts with a dead sailor!
Now Todd Potter! Huge and perfect cliff Hanger flip.
And next, Bilko! Huge 360 Indy! Sick!!!!-RL
7:20 p.m. PST: I was somehow able to weasle myself atop the big air ramp. I have an insane view so I'll be bringing you guys all the latest as it happened. Like I said before, this is nuts!!!-RL
7:15 p.m. PST: BMX Big Air is wrapping up and the moto puts are complete madness. The Stapes Center is packed and the excitement in the air is like none other.
Every person I've talked to is nervous beyond belief. "I don't want to watch, but I have to. I'm so nervous man. I don't like how far our sport has come" says Renner.-RL
6:35 p.m. PST: From Todd via email: Are there going to be heat races on Saturday for SuperMoto? What is the format? All 20 racing together?Straight 20 lap final with a staggered start positions in rows of threeala a classic "starting grid" famliar to racing aficionadosbased on today's qualifying. Says SuperMoto race director Don Canet: "Huge advatange to be in the front row because the first turn is tighter here than a normal road course. Certainly pole position is the place to be." Capiche? Thanks for the question. Keep 'em coming... Supermoto final is tomorrow at 1:30. -TM
5:18 p.m. PST: Moto X Super qualifying just wrapped up with Mike Sleeter taking the No. 1 slot. We missed much of it chasing down the story on James Stewart's X Games-ending shoulder injury, but photog Josh Duplechian stuck around for the entirety and assures us it all went in an orderly fashion (ie. no major disturbances of the wrecking ball kind).
Sleeter's fastest lap was 35.688 seconds. He was chased by Josh Hansen (35.9), Christian Craig (43.1), Jason Lawrence (46.3), Justin Brayton (46.8), Kevin Windham (47.0), Josh Grant (47.1), Chris Blose (47.5), Matt Boni (47.8) and, in 10th position, Jeremy McGrath (48.0) and on down the line.-TM
4:10 p.m. PST: Beat Trick practice is over, but as usual, the big tricks are being saved for the event. What big tricks? Pastrana's toilet paper roll 360-ish 720 thingy, Paris Rosen's 75' front flip, Charles pages front flip, willy watts body varial dealyo and whatever everyone else is keeping in the low.-RLKyle Loza opted to skip practice and watch from the stands. I'm heading to the floor to catch up with him right now. Stay tuned for some quick hit Flip Mino HD video from practice! -RL
3:59 p.m. PST: David Press via email: How did Carey Hart look in SuperMoto? Up to speed?Hart was 20th in qualifying this morning -- slow compared to the leaders. His fastest lap was 1:30.750, more than six seconds off the pace of Lazzarini. We tried to catch up with him in the pits after the checkered, but he sped away before we could reach him. -TM
|Pastrana's ramp for Best Trick|
3:27 p.m. PST: The first practice sesh is over, but the man himself just rode onto the course. Travis Pastrana. As I posted yesterday, he is indeed on a 125. He hasn't had a chance to hit the ramp yet, but it looks like he may be pulling a few straight airs to feel out the ramp.
Which ramp is his? Your guess is good as mine.
Oh wait, this just in! The crew is putting a two foot high wedge under the super kicker ramp. He's going to soar so high it'll be ridiculous. -RL
3:05 p.m. PST: James Stewart is out. Word at the supercross track at the Home Depot Center is that Stewart injured his shoulder during Supermoto seeding this morning and is done at X Games.
"He hit a hydro barrier, causing a deep contusionno damage, no surgery needed," an XG15 moto official reports.
The collision with the hydro barrierplastic, water filled walls used to delineate the courseoccured late in the hour-long super moto seeding, or qualifying, session this morning. (In fact, Stewart, who had never raced Supermoto until these games, posted the third fastest qualifying time.)
"He just caught it with his shoulder. He never went down, but it was just enough to give him that pop," the moto official said.-TM
2:58 p.m. PST: The first practice has been underway for ten minutes or so and Bilko is by far looking the best. On top of some of the biggest and flattest 360's I've ever seen, he's just threw down a massive no footed can 360. Sick!
Pages and willy watts out now. Back to filming. Stay tuned!!!-RL
|Willy Watts, for your information.|
2:41 p.m. PST: On location here at the Staples Center. Bikes are getting fired up and the boys are set to get the first Best Trick practice rolling. Newcomers Paris Rosen is sporting some new Alpinestars gear and Willy Watts is quiet and confident.
Bilko's pissed because he ended up getting picked as the first rider to throw down in the contest and as we've seen in the past, the first rider usually gets the short end of the stick when it comes to scoring.
Let's get it on!!!-RL