LOS ANGELES – May 17, 2017 – Day Two of Nitro World Games qualifying saw the action hit the dirt in the Freestyle Motocross competition. With athletes from North America, South America, Europe, and Australia, it was truly a global field. Eight riders advanced to the semifinal round and have a chance to compete in the finals on Saturday, June 24 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Javier Villegas took the top spot, punching his ticket to Salt Lake City for his second year. Joining him in the semifinal round will be Fred Kyrillos as well as veteran rider Steve Mini. Also qualifying were Leo Fini, Davide Rossi, Blake "Bilko" Williams, Cal Vallone and Anthony Murray.

Prior to Tuesday's qualifiers, 2016 FMX winner Levi Sherwood was invited directly to the finals this year. Josh Sheehan and Taka Higashino, who took second and third place respectively last summer, are invited directly to the 2017 semifinals. Clinton Moore, Harry Bink, and Maikel Melero have also been invited by the competition committee to the 2017 semis. Additional wildcard spots will be chosen to round out the semifinal field.

Invited Directly to 2017 Finals
Levi Sherwood (NZL)
Invited Directly to 2017 Semifinals
Josh Sheehan (AUS), Taka Higashino (JPN),
Clinton Moore (AUS), Harry Bink (AUS) and Maikel Melero (ESP)
Advanced to Semifinals
Leonardo Fini (ITA), Fred Kyrillos (BRA), Steve Mini (AUS), Anthony Murray (USA), Davide Rossi (ITA), Cal Vallone (USA), Javier Villegas (CHI), Blake "Bilko" Williams (AUS)

Nitro World Games tickets are available now at Smith's Tix as well as at nitroworldgames.com.

Created by Nitro Circus Executive Chairman and Global Head of Creative Mike Porra with action sports icon Travis Pastrana, Nitro World Games pushes the limits of action sports competition. Featuring new big air formats, breakthrough ramp technology, and innovative judging criteria, Nitro World Games shifted the landscape for both athletes and the industry alike in its 2016 debut. Over 25,000 people saw it all go down in Rice-Eccles Stadium, while viewer numbers for NBC's live primetime broadcast surpassed all expectations and Nitro Circus’ global live stream reached a hungry audience worldwide.

Nitro World Games 2017 continues Nitro Circus' multi-year partnership with NBC Sports Ventures, combining NBC's broadcasting excellence with Nitro Circus' authority as an action sports leader. NBC Sports will present three hours of Nitro World Games coverage airing in primetime on NBC in the United States. Details on how fans outside of the U.S. and Canada can watch Nitro World Games will be announced soon.

Nitro World Games 2017 sponsors include Be The Match, Valvoline, Oberto and Vivid Seats.

For more information about the #NitroWorldGames please go to nitroworldgames.com. Fans can also follow the Nitro World Games on Instagram (@nitroworldgamesofficial) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NitroWorldGames/).

About Nitro Circus:
Nitro Circus, the world's biggest action sports entertainment brand, creates electrifying live events and unbelievable original content that at once exhilarates, captivates and inspires thrill-seeking fans worldwide. Co-founded by global superstar Travis Pastrana in 2003, Nitro Circus has since grown into a multiplatform phenomenon producing hit television shows, critically acclaimed documentaries and innovative digital offerings. That success gave rise to the Nitro Circus Live tour, which since 2010 has traveled the globe, playing to sold out stadiums on five continents. Taking Travis' passion for progression to the next level, Nitro World Games introduced breakthrough innovations on its 2016 debut, completely rebooting action sports competition in the process. With over three million tickets sold to date, television programming that has aired in over 60 countries, more than 20 million engaged fans across its social media platforms and a burgeoning consumer products business, Nitro Circus is at the forefront of action sports and entertainment. For more information visit www.nitrocircus.com.

About the Utah Sports Commission:
The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit, 501c3 charitable organization created to foster national and international amateur sports competitions to be held in the state of Utah, which will enhance the quality of life of all Utah citizens and strengthen Utah’s presence in the worldwide sports community.