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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Williams, Morrow out of X Games LA

By Brian Tunney
XGames.com

Nathan Williams post-surgery (left) and Ty Morrow pre-surgery (right).

United Bike Co. pro Nathan Williams and Fiend Bike Co. pro Ty Morrow have both pulled out of BMX Street at X Games Los Angeles later this month due to wrist injuries. Williams broke his scaphoid bone in late May and underwent surgery to repair it, while Morrow went into surgery earlier today for an unspecified wrist injury.

Selected alternates to replace Williams and Morrow are GT Bicycles pro Rob Wise and Subrosa pro Simone Barraco. Wise, a resident of the Salt Lake City, Utah area, competed in BMX Street at X Games several years ago. Barraco, originally hailing from Italy, will make his first X Games appearance.

Because both BMX Street alternate spots are now empty, two new alternate spots have been chosen. DK's Brian Kachinsky and Premium's Josh Harrington (formerly on the injured reserve list earlier this year) will now be attending X Games Los Angeles as the alternate picks for BMX Street.

In related news, Fly Bikes pro Sergio Layos reportedly broke his leg last week during the Etnies Club Med European Tour. Previously invited to compete in BMX Park at X Games Los Angeles, Layos will also miss the contest. In his place, U.K. Hoffman Bikes rider Ben Hennon has been given an invite for BMX Park.

X Games Los Angeles begins on June 28 and features BMX Vert, Park, Street and Big Air disciplines. A full list of BMX invites is available here.