The Lucas Oil Motocross Championship is enjoying a small break, so we thought we’d stop by the X Games this weekend. But that wasn’t the only moto this weekend; the Belgian GP hosted a new winner in MX2, and an American topped the Australian MX National Championship…
JDR Motorsports/Motorex/KTM rider PJ Larsen claimed the 2010 Rockstar Energy Australian MX Nationals title in the Pro Lites category one round early during Coolum's mega double-header season finale in Queensland. Larsen's top finishing scores throughout the season gave him an 84 point advantage heading to the final round.
Travis Pastrana was, yet again, the star of X Games. Not only did he win gold in Freestyle and Speed & Style, he also threw a double backflip for crowd in the LA Coliseum after clinching gold in FMX. We are sure you all noticed TP199's gear, too. Clearly, he and Thor have parted ways, but will we see him in Fox, or will he continue to cover logos with DC badges? Time will tell.
Ashley Fiolek took home the win in Super X for the second year in a row. She is now tied with Lil' Hanny for consecutive Super X wins.
Jessica Patterson had a rough day in the Coliseum. On her way to reeling in Ashley Fiolek in the main, JP crashed on the big double. It was a violent wreck, but she did eventually stand on her own will.
Josh Hansen's win streak came to an end this year at X. After dominating his qualifier and leading much of the main, Hansen faded, and Muscle Milk/JGR's Josh Grant and Justin Brayton passed him to take gold and silver.
What seemed like a potentially cool obstacle in the Freestyle course turned into a pretty lame one. This rainbow wall thingy served more mini jump than anything else; although Pastrana did wall ride it with one hand.
Young Levi Sherwood, TWMX's 2009 FMX Rookie of the Year had a strong showing in Freestyle. We think he has a racer's riding style, and he looks extremely comfortable on the bike, even with his giant trick extensions. He took silver, edging out the veteran Nate Adams.
Jeff "Ox" Kargola had all the style in Step Up. He whipped it nearly every time he sailed over the bar.
Ox's style, however, wouldn't get him into medal contention. He couldn't get his bike re-situated a couple times before landing, and couldn't ride out his jumps. Even though he cleared the bar, his jumps couldn't be counted because he didn't ride them out.
Matt Buyten, who usually does well at Step Up, but never seems to clinch it, finally got his gold. Ronnie Renner would have to settle for silver.
Todd Potter won the popularity contest again this year, otherwise known as Best Whip. His whips, we must say, are pretty damn nasty though.
Paris Rosen's attempted front flip turned ugly quickly in Best Trick. It looked grim as soon as he left the ramp
Robbie Maddison pulled out his body varial for the Best Trick, even though he had a wounded wrist from wrecking in Freestyle. He took silver, behind Cam Sinclair's double backflip.
We spotted Justin Brayton catching up with a correspondent from "Young Hollywood," a media source we think we need to know more about. Brayton was taking in the action in Staples Center from the Muscle Milk Suite inside Hyde.
Pastrana goofed around at just about every point in the Speed & Style course. From heel clickers in the rhythm sections to wheelies through the whoops, TP put on a clinic inside Staples Center.
Awesome. Apparently you're supposed to shove all the free swag into your pants at X Games.
One of the most exciting races at Speed & Style had to be Twitch and Deegan head to head. They ride together all the time, and are pretty close in speed. They kept it tight until the end.
Nicole is getting press everywhere. This was on the jumbo screen inside Staples Center. It read, "I want Jake Weimer's girlfriend."
Twitch had a hard time keeping it together after he swapped out in the whoops racing Nate Adams in Speed & Style. In the following race with Ronnie Faisst, he washed out in the first turn.
Twitch conquered bronze despite his two crashes. Faisst stalled his bike, allowing Twitch to catch and pass him for the win and the ghostride.
In racing news, youngster Ken Roczen finally grabbed his first win of the season in MX2 over the weekend at the GP of Belgium. He is now second points behind Marvin Musquin. Photo courtesy of Youthstream.
Roczen took the win in MX2, followed by Jeffrey Herlings and MX2 points leader Marvin Musquin. Photo courtesy of Youthstream.
Antonio Cairoli stacked onto his overall lead in MX1 with another win at the GP of Belgium. He now has a 79-point advantage over Clement Desalle. Photo courtesy of Youthstream.