ESPN is continually looking for ways to keep audiences tuned in each summer to the weekend long X Games, and each year we see changes or additions to the format. This year the X Games become a true world tour event that will dot the globe for winter and summer formats, with Los Angeles remaining the crown jewel. Motocross and its role are currently in transition and from what we have heard, will no be part of the California stop. Today ESPN issued a statement that drops Freestyle Motocross Best Trick and Snowmobile Best Trick from the competition list.
“ESPN today announced that it will discontinue staging Moto X Best Trick and Snowmobile Best Trick competitions at future X Games events. This change reflects our decision to focus on motor sports disciplines which feature athletes who also compete in multiple, world-class competitions (e.g., professional events and tours) reflecting the highest degree of athlete participation, competitive development and the global nature of our X Games franchise. Over the past 18 years we have made more than 60 changes to our competition line ups at X Games events to capture the evolution of the sport and these continue that growth.”