X Games 16 is officially underway, with Super X and Freestyle Moto X competition kicking things off. Being held this year in a different venue, the LA Coliseum was the site of one of the very first Supercross races ever held, called the Superbowl of Motocross back in 1972. The X Games crew paid homage to the historic race by integrating the infamous peristyle section that runs the riders up and down the bleachers, also placing the start gate at the top of the hill for a more BMX-style downhill start. Racing has come a long way since those days, and this year’s Super X track had some jumps that would have cracked the forks of ’70s era equipment.

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Super X Final

Josh Hansen handily snapped up the holeshot, slightly over jumping the first big kicker. But that did not slow him down, and he proceeded to set a blistering pace in the LA Coliseum. Next up was the Yamaha foursome of Josh Grant, Ivan Tedesco, Justin Brayton, and Dan Reardon who were doing their best to keep up with the leader.

Over the larger jumps, Hansen was not afraid to show his comfort level, as he pointed to the crowd before even hitting the halfway mark. But his confidence may have come a little early, as Grant slowly but surely began reeling in the part-time Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider who was donning the number one plate this time around. While Hansen may have the better lap times, Grant began to show his endurance from racing the outdoor Nationals, as sure enough, he was able to close the gap and pass Hansen on the whoop/rhythm straight away.

Since Tedesco and Brayton did not seem ready to give up their pace, Hansen fell victim to their charge, as well, accidently jumping off the course at one point after the finish line.

On the final lap, Hansen was able to reclaim his position over Tedesco while Grant cruised to his first ever X Games gold ahead of his JGRMX teammate, Brayton.

Results

Gold - Josh Grant

Silver - Justin Brayton

Bronze - Josh Hansen

4. Ivan Tedesco

5. Dan Reardon

6. Chris Blose

7. Nick Wey

8. Weston Peick

9. Daniel Blair

10. Jimmy Decotis