With the collection of gold medalists competing in Speed & Style in Los Angeles, many considered it to be one of the most unpredictable events of the weekend. The hybrid course, with its tight corners, rhythm lane, and one massive leap for riders to pull tricks on proved to be a challenge for all, and had a major part in the final outcome.
Nate Adams Vs. Lance Coury
Nate Adams claimed the holeshot in the first heat of the night, but a bobble in the rhythm lane allowed Coury to overtake the lead. The Brazilian S&S gold medalist had the racing portion of the event dialed, but his small margin of victory was bested by Adam's trick variation and execution, and Adams claimed the overall win.
Edgar Torronteras Vs. Andre Villa
Andre Villa snaked to the inside of the first turn to take the lead, which Edgar Torronteras countered with a speedy line down the rhythm lane. Midway through the section, the Spaniard's foot came off his peg and pulled him off the bike. He tumbled into the following turn, and gave the win to Villa.
Mat Rebeaud Vs. Blake Williams
When Blake Williams grabbed the lead in the first turn, Mat Rebeaud began a series of frantic pass attempts in the many tight corners. The Swiss rider brake-slid into turns and cracked the throttle of his KTM upon exit, but his explosive actions eventually got the best of him. A failed block pass attempt washed the front-end of his bike away and handed the win to Williams.
Mike Mason Vs. Matt Buyten
Mike Mason pulled ahead of friendly rival Matt Buyten of off the start, but a block pass by Buyten resulted in heavy contact. The impact mangled the rear brake on Mason's machine and forced the defending LA S&S gold medalist to withdraw from the race.
Andre Villa Vs. Nate Adams
Villa's start gave him the lead for the entire moto, but his speed could not top Adams' repertoire of tricks and the judges scoring advanced Adams to the gold medal match.
Blake Williams Vs. Matt Buyten
Blake Williams spent the full four laps fending of Buyten and one particularly close pass attempt to take the win and a spot on the gate in the gold medal round.
Matt Buyten Vs. Andre Villa
Buyten pulled yet another strong start to take the lead, but an inside pass by Villa pushed Buyten wide and killed his forward momentum. Villa charged out of the corner with the lead and coasted to a finish worthy of the bronze medal.
Blake Williams Vs. Nate Adams
Blake Williams' inside gate pick gave the Aussie the prime line to the first turn, and he handled the race until the final lap. Williams was just corners from the finish and an almost guaranteed gold medal when a mistake on the dragon's back obstacle flung him over the bars, and gave the position to Adams.
1. Nate Adams
2. Blake Williams
3. Andre Villa
Photos: Michael Antonovich/Chris Kimball