UTAH MOTORSPORTS CAMPUS SEPTEMBER 22ND AND 23RD

AXELL HODGES AIMS TO PROVE HE'S THE TRUE CHAMP ON THE WORLD'S LARGEST FMX QUARTERPIPE WHILE TRAVIS PASTRANA AND KEN BLOCK LOOK TO SETTLE UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Salt Lake City - In less than two weeks the world's best drivers and riders will descend on Salt Lake City for the next evolution of Nitro World Games. Coming to Utah Motorsports Campus September 22nd and 23rd, Nitro World Games will kick off with Nitro Rallycross (NRX) Qualifiers and Heat Races on Saturday the 22nd. Then on Sunday, the action heats up even more with FMX Best Trick Finals, NRX Semi-Finals and Finals and FMX Quarterpipe Finals. Gates open on both Saturday and Sunday at 11AM.

Can't make it out? Mark your calendar to tune-in!

Saturday Sept 22nd:

 -Nitro Rallycross Qualifiers and Heat Races will air live on Velocity and the Motor Trend App at 1PM PST/ 4PM EST

Sunday Sept 23rd:

 -FMX Best Trick Finals air live on the Nitro World Games Facebook page at 11AM PST / 2PM EST

 -NRX Semi-Finals and Finals air live on Velocity and the Motor Trend App at 1:30PM PST / 4:30PM EST

 –FMX Quarterpipe Finals air live on the Nitro World Games Facebook page at 4PM PST / 7PM EST

With a fully stacked field of world-class competitors, this IS the motorsports event of the year that you don't want to miss. Tickets are still available at NitroWorldGames.com.

FMX Quarterpipe

Athletes are ready to take the competition sky high with the debut of the Nitro World Games Quarterpipe. This Quarterpipe is a one of a kind, mechanical ramp that allows the degree of takeoff and landing to be adjusted and it stands 32 feet tall and 70 feet wide giving riders a massive area of operation. The brave souls taking on this mechanical beast include Colby Raha, Jarryd McNeil, Axell Hodges, Elijah Aldoff, Corey Creed, and Kohl Denney.

The FMX Quarterpipe competition will see six riders invited to compete. Each will have two attempts to clear the baseline starting height before it is raised to a higher level. The height will be increased until there are only two competitors left who will go head to head in the finals. The rider who is then able to clear the highest mark will become champion and likely set a world record for highest motorcycle air off a Quarterpipe.

FMX Best Trick

With numerous world's firsts landed in the FMX Best Trick during years one and two of Nitro World Games, it is returning to Salt Lake City in 2018. This year we'll see Harry Bink defend his 2017 title against a dangerous field of competitors including Pat Bowden, Christian Meyer, Josh Sheehan, William Van den Putte, Blake Williams, and Davi Johnson.

Formatting will remain the same as years past where each athlete will get two attempts to execute the best trick of their choice, with judges scoring tricks in real-time.

Nitro Rallycross (NRX)

Bigger, faster, and better, Nitro Rallycross will host some of the biggest names in the sport including Ken Block, Scott Speed, Tanner Foust, Patrik Sandell, Steve Arpin, Mattias Ekstrom, Chris Atkinson, Timmy Hansen, and the mastermind Travis Pastrana.

Nitro World Games has developed a unique and innovative track layout for Nitro Rallycross. This track is designed to intensify racing by creating more lines, bigger jumps, and higher speeds. The world's best drivers will battle for the top spot on a challenging, purpose-built, permanent track at Utah Motorsports Campus while Ken Block and Travis Pastrana look to settle unfinished business.

About Utah Motorsports Campus

Utah Motorsports Campus is one of the premier facilities in the industry. It has hosted some of the most prestigious car and motorcycle racing series in the world, including the Pirelli World Challenge and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) National Championship for cars, as well as the MotoAmerica Superbike Challenge for motorcycles. The facility also fosters the growth of motorsports with a variety of other professional and amateur racing series. Located just a short drive from downtown Salt Lake City, Utah Motorsports Campus has been an integral part of the state's sports culture and motorsports scene for over a decade. 

About Nitro World Games

Created by Nitro Circus and 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 live in Salt Lake City, while viewer numbers for its live TV broadcast surpassed all expectations and Nitro Circus’ global livestream reached a hungry audience worldwide.

Now, with the addition of Nitro Rallycross and FMX Quarterpipe, Nitro World Games is set to revolutionize action sports competition once again. Further announcements regarding BMX, Skate and Scooter are coming soon, as well as more details on how fans outside of Salt Lake City can watch the action.

Nitro World Games 2018 sponsors include the Utah Sports Commission, Red Bull, Kevlar, Yokohama, United States Air Force, Subaru and Volkswagen.

Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission said, "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with one of the top action sports events in the world, the Nitro World Games, that also brings significant economic impact and extensive international exposure to our great State."

"We are so excited to team up with Red Bull for Nitro Rallycross," said Travis Pastrana. "The years of experience in the sport they bring to the table validates our vision for the best rallycross event in the world."

"We're pleased to continue our partnership with Nitro World Games in 2018 and especially excited to be able to showcase our product this year," said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama Tire, Vice President of Marketing. "We've got a great history and a lot of experience in Rallycross and will be bringing the ADVAN A054 as the official spec tire for the NRX competition.  Our tire, combined with these drivers on Nitro's track, is going to make for some great racing."

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