Thursday, June 27, 2013
Updated: June 28, 11:42 AM ET
Racing, Freestyle energize Speed & Style riders
By Colin Bane
In 2011, Nate Adams doubled up at X Games Los Angeles, winning Moto X Freestyle and Speed & Style. This week he's going for the trifecta, adding Best Whip into the mix. Of the three, he says Speed & Style just might be his favorite.
"Racing. Freestyle. What more can you ask for? And the fans go wild for it," said Adams, who won bronze in Speed & Style at X Games Barcelona.
The seven invited riders gearing up to compete in Moto X Speed & Style at X Games Munich have one thing in common: they've all been training on the private track Ronnie Faisst built at his home in Temecula, Calif., for the express purpose of claiming the gold in what he says is the coolest event at X Games. There's just one problem: Faisst injured his knee just one week before X Games Munich and will be sitting this one out.
"I practice with a lot of my toughest competition, but it's all good: we're all friends, we all hang out and ride and train together," Faisst said of the tight-knit community of riders in Temecula. "But that doesn't mean I'm not dreaming of beating every last one of them."
Faisst agrees with Adams that Speed & Style is a new pinnacle of freestyle competition and now says he's looking forward to sizing up his competition on TV while he rehabilitates his knee.
"I come from a racing background and raced growing up from the time I was 9 years old before getting into freestyle, so for me the Speed & Style event brings it all full circle," he said. "It's the best of both worlds and it's a perfect event because it's exciting for the fans to watch and it's a great opportunity for us to go out and race and throw down some big tricks at the same time. I want to go out there and get a gold medal before I'm done."
Speed & Style is featured at all four summer X Games events in 2013. In addition to Adams, Friday's lineup in Munich includes previous gold-medal winners Mike Mason and Lance Coury, 2008 silver medalist Ronnie Renner, Chile's Javier Villegas and heavy hitters from Europe such as Edgar Torronteras, Andre Villa and Mat Rebeaud.
"Everybody on that list is a solid rider with big tricks and big speed, and all of them want to win and have been putting in work at my place and otherwise," Faisst said, handicapping the field. "On race day it's going to take a good start, some solid laps with no mistakes, and some really special tricks at top speed to stand on top of the box in the head-to-head format. It's definitely not easy, that's for sure."