Adams Dethroned Bartram to Become the 2003 Vans Triple Crown Champion
RICHMOND, Va. (November 8, 2003) – The Richmond Coliseum hosted the final stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Freestyle Motocross, The Vans Championship of Freestyle Motocross presented by Mountain Dew and Xbox brought to you locally by Burcham Cycles. Heading into the weekend, Kenny Bartram and Nate Adams were tied to the Vans Championship.
Adams was the sixth rider out on Friday night, posting a score of a 94.0 in the first round earned the nights number one qualifier. Bartram, the eleventh rider in the first round scored a 93.6 and sat second behind Adams. Beau Bamburg back flipped his way into the third qualifying spot followed by Drake McElroy and Matt Buyten.
In the finals, Bamburg and his huge whip could not hold off Bartram and his three back flips. Bartram scored a 93.9, edged Bamburg’s 93.2 to take over the Vans Hot Seat. Bartram’s run was filled with back flips, but a few costly mistakes opened the door for Adams. Adams, the final rider of the night, pulled off the back flip heel clicker and put together a clean and technical run. Capitalizing on Bartram’s mistakes, Adams scored a 94.7, enough to over take the Vans Hot Seat and move one step closer to his first Vans Triple Crown Championship.
“I didn’t hit my landings, I over jumped them, I think I was too fast to the approaches, “Bartram said after Friday’s competition. “I am not too mad, I can still win, but I have to throw everything I have tomorrow night.”
In the first round of Saturday’s competition, Adams was once again the nights’ number one qualifier. Bartram’s score of 93.9 was enough to secure the second qualifying spot with Bamburg, McElroy and Buyten rounding out the top five to mirror Friday nights qualifying positions.
Bartram again beat out Bamburg to take over the Vans Hot seat, scoring a 93.3 but again missing a golden opportunity. Bartram’s run was perfect up until he missed a “Kiss of Death” on his second to last trick. Bartram finished up his run with a back flip to no-handed-lander bringing the crowd to its feet. Adams capitalized on the mistake, showing the crowd why he is the hottest current FMX rider competing. Adams never missed a beat, landing technical trick after technical trick, throwing back flip after back flip to take the win scoring a 93.9. Nate Adams is crowned 2003 Vans Triple Crown Champion in Richmond.
“I felt good tonight, I didn’t really feel the pressure. I knew Kenny was going to bring everything he had and I was prepared,” said Nate Adams after winning the Vans Triple Crown Championship.
Friday’s Vans Championship of FMX Results:
- Nate Adams 94.7
- Kenny Bartram 93.9
- Beau Bamburg 93.2
Saturday’s Vans Championship of FMX Results:
- Nate Adams 93.5
- Kenny Bartram 93.3
- Beau Bamburg 92.9
For complete weekend results from Richmond, Va. and the up to date points standings visit www.pacefmx.com.
The next stop on the IFMA Freestyle Motocross tour lands in:
November 14 – 15 San Diego, Calif. San Diego Sports Arena
For a complete points standing visit www.pacefmx.com.
2003 Vans Triple Crown of Freestyle Motocross Schedule:
Event Dates Broadcast Date
XBox Pro of Freestyle Motocross April 4-5 NBC – Aug. 9/3:30 PM EST (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Mountain Dew National Champs of FMX October 10-11 FSN – November 13 / 4 PM Local (New Orleans, La.)
Vans Freestyle Motocross Champs November 7-8 FSN – December 4 / 4 PM Local (Richmond, Va.)
The Vans Triple Crown of Freestyle Motocross and the Vans Championship of Freestyle Motocross presented by Mountain Dew and Xbox are made possible throuugh the additional support of Ford Trucks, Right Guard Xtreme, the Xbox"¢ video game system from Microsoft, Transworld Motocross, Fox Sports Net and NBC Sports. The Vans Triple Crown"¢ Series features the world’s top athletes participating in premier venues throughout North America for the top prize purse in each of seven Core Sports"¢ disciplines: Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, BMX, Freestyle Motocross, Surfing and Snowboarding.
Vans (Nasdaq: VANS) is a leading worldwide brand for Core Sports"¢ specializing in performance and lifestyle footwear, apparel, snowboard boots and bindings. Its contributions to Core Sports include the Vans Triple Crown"¢ Series, the operation of Vans Skateparks, the High Cascade Snowboard Camp"¢, majority ownership of the Vans Warped Tour and the continued sponsorship of the Vans World Amateur Skateboarding Championships. Vans collections are sold in the United States through 163 company owned stores and factory outlets as well as a network of independent retailers. Vans also distributes to approximately 50 countries internationally through distributors, sales agents and foreign subsidiaries.
For more information on Vans and the Vans Triple Crown Series, please visit www.vans.com.
About Clear Channel Entertainment/ IFMA Freestyle Motocross
Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports is the producer and promoter of IFMA Freestyle Motocross and is a division of Clear Channel Entertainment. IFMA Freestyle Motocross, the leading freestyle motocross tour in the world, features some of today’s most talented athletes, performing aerial acrobatics while clearing 70′ gaps and climbing up to three stories high on motorcycles. Freestyle motocross riders defy gravity and push the envelope during there one and two minute, adrenaline-charged runs. More information about IFMA Freestyle Motocross can be found by visiting www.pacefmx.com. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. Clear Channel Entertainment is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE: CCU) and a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/ or exclusively books approximately 135 live entertainment venues, including more than 100 in North American and 30 in Europe. The company, which operates throughout North America, Europe, South America and Australia, also owns independently operated athlete representation businesses, which provide management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world’s top professional athletes. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com.