X Games Minneapolis continued Saturday as 47,000 fans passed through the gates at U.S. Bank Stadium to watch the most talented action sports athletes in the world compete in a wide range of events including The Real Cost Skateboard Big Air, the Fruit of the Loom BMX Dirt Final and the crowd favorite Monster Energy Moto X Best Trick. With five scores in the 90’s, the Fruit of the Loom BMX Dirt Finals was ultimately won by Aussie, and X Games rookie, Brandon Loupos. Lining up a combination of tricks that included a double backflip, a cash roll, a triple tail whip and a flair double tailwhip, the Australian’s third run score of 95.00 beat out Logan Martin’s valiant effort in which he landed an equally impressive run earning a 94.00. Taking bronze was another X Games rookie, 23-year-old Brian Fox.
Monster Energy congratulates the unstoppable James Foster who took gold in BMX Big Air at X Games Minneapolis 2018. In a heated contest that saw eight riders give it their all, it was Foster who reigned king on the biggest jump at X Games with a progressive run that will change the future of the sport. Alex Nikulin, meanwhile, became the first Russian athlete to place top three at X Games in over fifteen years. Owning as much charisma as talent, Foster showed up to X Games Minneapolis with one goal in mind — to defend his hard won Big Air title from last year. There was just one problem however.“I came out here not even knowing if I could ride,” he explained after the event. “I got hit by a car last week on my motorcycle!”
After working with X Games for fourteen years, women's BMX advocate Nina Buitrago believes the time is now to make things official. Currently, the women do a demo on the park course. Nina - and the rest of the ladies - think it's time to move forward and put some medals on the line. Watch and check out her thoughts!
Monster Energy congratulates Jamie Bestwick on his silver medal at X Games Minneapolis on Thursday night for his efforts on the BMX vert ramp. In a repeat performance from last year, the BMX pioneer rode late into the night giving the massive crowd confirmation that he is still at the top of his game. Though it rained for most of the day in Minneapolis it wasn’t enough to hamper competition as crews worked a low-tech, but proven strategy for drying the vert ramp. Using leave blowers to evaporate the moisture from the wooden composite, by the time the riders lined up for competition conditions were suitable for take off. And for the legendary Jamie Bestwick it was his first run that launched him onto the podium.
Rallying the giant crowd atop the 14-foot ramp he pumped his clenched fist in the air and dropped in with all the power and excitement of a man who has dedicated his life to the progression of BMX riding. Starting things off with an alley-oop turndown, Bestwick then set himself up with a no hander before launching into two of the biggest tricks of the evening with a Superman down whip into a massive alley-oop 540 that he spun off axis, essentially flattening out during the rotation. Mixing up the rest of his run with unique tricks like a candy bar and a fast-plant flair it was clear that the he was not ready to hang up his bike just yet. Between his timeless style, consistent height, and trick selection it was undoubtedly a podium worthy run.
When his score came in at a solid 88.00 you could see him nod his head in approval as if to say, “I’ll take it.”