Wins by Bestwick, Sheckler, Bartram, and Lasek Provide Fans with Memorable Weekend
DENVER, CO (6/10/05) ¿ Australia¿s Ryan Guettler became the first two-discipline winner and Great Britain¿s Jamie Bestwick recorded one of the highest scores in BMX Vert history to cap off four days of competition at the Dew Action Sports Tour¿s Right Guard Open.
Guettler¿s remarkable weekend run began with a Friday night victory in the BMX Park competition with a winning score of 93.75. He bested Allan Cooke of Greenville, NC, who stood at 89.75 and Rob Darden of Greenville, NC, who earned a score of 88.75.
Guettler came back in the BMX Dirt competition, the final event of the four-day professional tour stop to score 94.88 points for the double victory. Fellow Aussie Cameron White was second at 90.50 and Chris Doyle of Pittsburgh, PA was third at 89.25.
Bestwick and another Greenville, NC star, Dave Mirra, knocked heads in BMX Vert. Mirra scored a 94.25 in his first run and Bestwick responded with a winning score of 96.00. Mirra experienced trouble with his handle bars in his second run and was unable to top Bestwick¿s winning score. Chad Kagy of Gilroy, CA was third at 92.75.
The Skateboard Vert final saw Bucky Lasek of Baltimore, MD save his best for last and overtake Canada¿s Pierre-Luc Gagnon for the triumph. Lasek¿s winning run featured a bevy of technical tricks, highlighted by a front side heelflip gay twist. Lasek narrowly edged Gagnon with a score of 92.50 to 91.75.
Freestyle Motocross saw Kenny Bartram of Stillwater, OK, and Jeremy Stenberg of Winchester, CA, battle it out. Bartram came out on top, 94.60-94.30. Norway¿s Ailo Gaup was third at 93.00.
Ryan Sheckler, 15-year-old skateboard phenom from San Clemente, CA, got the week rolling as he dominated the Skateboard Park finals with a score of 91.50. Jereme Rogers of Wood Hills, CA was second at 87.0 and Chad Fernandez of Los Angeles, CA was third at 86.0.
Sheckler and Guettler earned victories in Skateboard Vert and BMX Park respectively at the Tour¿s first stop, the Panasonic Open, in Louisville, KY. They lead the two disciplines with 200 points apiece. Kevin Robinson tops the BMX Vert standings with 145 points; Kenny Bartram is on top of FMX with 163 points and Bucky Lasek tops the Skateboard Vert rankings with 175 points.
The Dew Action Sports Tour, featuring the biggest competitive purse in actions sports at $2.5 million plus a $1 million bonus pool, will head to Portland, Oregon, Aug. 18-21 for the Vans Invitational. The five-event season will conclude with stops in San Jose, CA (Sept. 8-11) and Orlando, FL (Oct. 13-16).