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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
FACE-OFF | W2W4

By Sean Bartlett, Vince Castellanos, Lisa Costantini, Jen Horsey, Andy Kamenetzky, Brian Kamenetzky

DAY 3 HOSTED BY MIKE MASON

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FACE-OFF DAILIES HOST AND FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS RIDER MIKE MASON GUNS ITWITH RACING LEGEND KEVIN WINDHAM

MASON: How'd you feel about moto X racing being added to the X Games? K-DUB: It's a great opportunity. I enjoyed competing in supermoto, where I showed up with a bike and a prayer. But this is my forte. I've been watching X Games on TV since I was a teen. It's awesome to be viewed as someone on that elite level.

MASON: I've been watching forever; it's the biggest deal in our sport. K-DUB: The X Games race is a different format from what we're used to, and there could be some surprises. I wanna be ready, because the trophy case would be closer to complete with a medal.

MASON: Getting mine was the coolest thing ever. I never expected it. I felt like I was lucky to get invited. Then about 52 dudes crashed, and I got bronze. I wanted to grab the medal, start my bike and get the hell out of there before they changed their minds. Wait: Speaking of freestyle, didn't you do heel-clickers back in the day?

K-DUB: My wife always tells me the crowd would love to see me go retro and throw a heel-clicker. "Do it for the old guys!" she says.

MASON: If you're top three, I say bust one out. K-DUB: I don't know if I could still get my feet that high. Seriously, I can't believe where you guys have taken freestyle. From McGrath's nac-nac to today, I'm amazed. I had the early '90s tricks down, so I need to catch up. At least to the late '90s.

MASON: Yeah, you could use an update.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

BMX PARK With dirt nixed, this is the only chance to catch the BMXers outdoors.

SUPERMOTO Hey, is that Pink's husband?

BMX VERT Last year Jamie Bestwick retired. This year, he's back. What is this, basketball?

MOTO X RACING Carmichael-Reed-Tedesco-Windham-Stewart-Pastrana. Talk about fantasy sports.

MOTO X FREESTYLE Pastrana? Retired. Deegan? On the mike. Twitch? Not invited. Nate Adams? Can't lose.

SURFING Who wins? If you're in the know, you know.