Travis Pastrana was a busy guy today, overseeing, advising, and even spectating when he could. The Nitro World Games is Pastrana’s vision and he hopes to breathe new life into action sports with this event.
“Action sports is about progression, pushing the envelope to go bigger, faster and farther than before.” – Travis Pastrana
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Today at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, competition got underway for the inaugural Nitro World Games. Semi-final qualifying action saw 16 world-class freestyle motocross riders pared down to the top 8 for Saturday’s finals. The event will air live on NBC at 8:00 p.m. mountain time, so set your DVRs or make plans to watch it all unfold. It’s gonna be epic!
Freestyle MX Qualifiers
- Levi Sherwood
- Taka Higashino
- Adam Jones
- Javier Villegas
- Rob Adelberg
- Harry Bink
- Libor Podmol
The vibe at Rice Eccles Stadium was high today, and even though sixteen riders were pared down to eight for tomorrow’s final, camaraderie was still in full effect.
Huge extension and a great variety of tricks helped Levi Sherwood top today’s semi-final qualifiers. He leads seven of his rivals into the first-ever Nitro World Games Freestyle MX final tomorrow.
It’s hard to believe that Yamaha’s Jarryd McNeil didn’t make the cut for the final, but he seemed okay with it, saying, “This is realistically one of my first proper freestyle contests, and the guys who made it are all massively talented. The way I see it, I am learning from this because they are all in their 30s so I have five years to peak.”
Adam Jones injured his back during yesterday’s practice session, but the Nevada rider toughed it out and qualified third. Even sore, Jones is one of the most limber riders we’ve ever seen in action.
African rider Alastair Sayer suffered a setback yesterday when his bike blew up. Travis Pastrana came to the rescue, though, and loaned Sayer his personal Suzuki RM250.
Japan’s Taka Higashino seems to be healed up from the shoulder injury that held him back at this year’s X Games, and this body varial is proof that he means business at the Nitro World Games. Taka-san qualified second.
Fresh off his win at the X Games, Josh Sheehan is full of confidence and is a favorite entering tomorrow’s Freestyle MX final. Sheehan qualified sixth today, even without his usual double backflip.
Former FIM FMX World Champion Libor Podmol earned the final qualifying position and hopes to add a Nitro World Games medal to his already impressive list of career accomplishment.
Don’t miss out on the inaugural Nitro World Games, Saturday July 16 on NBC live at 8:00 p.m. mountain time. Taka says, “Tune in, suckas!”