From Moto X Freestyle to the newly added Quarter Pipe High Air contest, the men of freestyle motocross did not disappoint as they took to the air and the dirt at the 2017 summer X Games in Minneapolis.
Moto X Step Up
After having to settle for a tie at the top of the podium in 2016, Jarryd McNeil was on a mission to win and win convincingly in the Moto X Step Up contest.
In the months leading up to X Games, McNeil who is a constant face of the Nitro Circus live tour, built a step up jump to train on in his off time and it paid off. Clearing the bar set at 44′ high with an easy six feet to spare, McNeil rode out with the win.
“I feel that I easily could have jumped 50′,” said McNeil. “I was given the opportunity to have a tractor loaned to me and Bryce (Hudson) and we worked and trained all summer long for this contest. For me and Bryce (Hudson) to go 1-2 is amazing. It only goes to show that when you put your mind to something and put in the work, good things can happen.”
Bryce Hudson, who trained with McNeil throughout the summer was easily the most vocal about his joy to be on the podium in second and sharing it with McNeil.
“Honestly for me the only thing that would make this better is for me to be one and Jarryd (McNeil) two,” said Hudson jokingly. “Riding with your friends and being able to share a podium and a win means so much to the both of us.”
Final Results Moto X Step Up
- Jarryd McNeil – 44′
- Bryce Hudson – 43′
- (Three Way Tie) Massimo Bianconcini, Libor Podmol, Ronnie Renner – 39′
Moto X Freestyle
Levi Sherwood continued his dominant summer in freestyle motocross as he added another win to his already impressive list.
Showing off his smooth and massive double back flips throughout the week in Minneapolis, Sherwood is ascending to the top of the list as one of the best FMX riders to ever pull the throttle and flip a bike.
“Winning here and winning in the other contests throughout the summer has been an absolute dream come true for me,” said Sherwood, “I feel like my riding is the best of where it has ever been and to have the opportunities to show what I can do is awesome.”
Final Results Moto X Freestyle
- Levi Sherwood – 92.33
- Josh Sheehan – 90.66
- Clinton Moore – 90.00
Moto X Best Whip
After all of the twitter votes were counted, Destin Cantrell came away with the Gold in Moto X Best Whip.
The ten minute session of non stops whips had the crowd on their feet as riders had their bikes more than sideways, some had them upside down as well.
Final Results Moto X Best Whip
- Destin Cantrell
- Jarryd McNeil
- Tyler Bereman
Moto X Best Trick
After crashing out and being airlifted to a nearby medical center in Austin, Texas last year, Jackson “Jacko” Strong was determined to come back to X Games this year and land the vaulted double back flip off the quarter pipe ramp.
After watching Levi Sherwood land the double back flip clean, Strong set out to stomp the trick. From launch to mid air the trick was clean but Strong came down a little hard but rode away hands up in the air to where he proceeded to ignite the crowd as he waved a Minnesota Vikings flag around.
Once the scores came in, Strong had to settle for second place while Sherwood rode away with another win.
Sherwood now has the summer sweep winning the Nitro World Games, RedBull X Fighters and both gold medals at X Games for Moto X Freestyle and Moto X Best Trick.
Final Results Moto X Best Trick
- Levi Sherwood – 92.33
- Jackson Strong – 91.00
- Clinton Moore – 88.00
Moto X QuarterPipe High Air
No tricks and no fluff, that is what made up Moto X QuarterPipe High Air. The entire goal of the contest was to hit the ramp and soar as high as you can in the air, whip your bike around and drop out of the sky to land on the dirt landing ramp.
Coming into the event, the only people that has heard of Colby Raha were the ones who followed FMX closer than others and had seen Raha going massive on the QuarterPipe at the Nitro World Games training compound.
The QuarterPipe at X Games, while not as big as the Nitro one, still launched riders almost 30 feet in the air.
Sitting in second place to Tyler Bereman coming into his final jump after Bereman had added four feet to his height, Raha pulled the throttle a little more and added five more feet to his top height riding away with the win.
Final Results Moto X QuarterPipe High Air
- Colby Raha – 29.58 feet
- Tyler Bereman – 28.41 feet
- Brain McCarty – 19.5 feet