Dirt practice started bright and early at 9am, and my butt was having the hardest time getting out of my nice warm bed, as it was freezing in the morning in San Jose, so needless to say I staggered into the venue at around 9:30ish. The Prelims would go down before the public was let into the venue therefore the only audience was family and friends of the riders which actually made it kinda cool, I know the riders didn't like it too much as they feed off the audiences energy so much but we didn't have to deal with crowds or rowdy people so it was all good for me.
Highlights from the first round of the first heat of prelims are: Luke Parslow
pulling back flip x-up, front flip, barspin earning himself a score of 86.75. Ricardo Laguna
pulled something, tail whip, backflip x-up earning a score of 83.50. Allan Cooke
pulled something, tailwhip, truck driver no hander earning a score of 86.25. Ryan Nyquist
pulled a backflip one handed x-up to 360 no handed to 720 earning a score of 91.00. Gary Young
pulled a table top, 360, tail whip 360 to earn a score of 86.50. Colin MacKay
pulled a 360, tail whip, 1-footed 360 earning a score of 80.00. Steve McCann
, although he was at the event suffered a broke wrist and was not able to ride. So next up Cameron White
pulled a backflip, double tail whip, 360 turndown earning a score of 87.00. Rounding out Heat 1 was suppose to be Corey Bohan
but he had some bike problems and got bumped to the second heat. So starting round 2 is Parslow with a backflip barspin, tail whip, backflip tail whip earning a score of 91.75. Laguna's second run was a 360, turndown, to wiping out to get a score of 72.00. Cooke pulled an Backflip X-Up, superman, Backflip x-up no footed earning a score of 87.25. Nyquist pulled a backflip X-Up, 360 something, no handed backflip earning a score of 89.75. Young pulled a 360 turndown, tail whip but landed off center so couldn't complete his run earning a score of 72.25, MacKay's second run was a 360 something, tail whip, 360 nohander earning a score of 83.50. White's second run was a double tail whip, 360, backflip X-Up earning a score of 88.50. A single highlight in Round 3 was Lance Mosley pulling a no-footed can-can back flip which got him his high score of the comp an 85. 25. Parslow's third run was a backflip something, front flip, backflip x-up earning a score of 90.50. Cooke's third run was a backflip X-Up, 1-footed something but he didn't complete it and earned a score of 71.25. Nyquist pulled a backflip, dead air, no footed can-can nothing earning a score of 80.00. Young pulled a 360 turndown, tail whip to wipe out earning a score of 76.75. MacKay's third run was a 360, double tail whip, barspin earning a score of 81.50. Rounding out the first heat of Prelims is White who pulled a backflip, double tail whip, to an over rotated 360 which caused him to wipe out earning a score of 76.75.
Heat 2 of Prelims began with TJ Lavin's first run which constituted a 360, superman, no-handed backflip earning a score of 86.75. Mike Aitken's run was a 360, no footed can-can turndown, 360 can-can 1 footed x-up tabletop (yes he DID do that) earning a score of 87.00. Chris Doyle pulled a 360 turndown, tail whip, double truck driver to get a score of 87.50. Guettler's first run was a 360 off roll-in, front flip, tail whip, double tail whip earning a score of 92.75. Unfortunately at this point I got pulled away by a reporter from the San Jose Mercury News who decided to interview for 20 minutes about Ryan Guettler, unfortunately I missed the second runs completely and most of the third runs. So for this I'm sorry but I have proof if you head on over to the San Jose Mercury News' website search for "Ryan Guettler" and read the article entitled "Stars from Another World" it proves he interviewed me..but I swear I'm NOT like he made me out to be. Making it to the finals are 10th to 1st: Cooke (86.75), Nastazio (87.50), White (87.75), Murray (87.88), Gerber (88.50), Doyle (89.00), Nyquist (90.38), Bohan (90.75), Parslow (91.13) and Guettler (92.50)
In between Prelims and Finals a few of the BMX athletes went to donate some of their time to the Hurricane Relief Autograph Signings which once again was *VERY* gracious and awesome of them to do!!
Finals went down at night, and by now most if not all of you know Guettler knocked himself out on his introductory run (he wanted to front flip all three sets...)so I was preoccupied throughout most of
the Dirt Finals with dealing with the heart attack I was given when he knocked himself out, so I didn't catch much if any of the Finals, but have no fear, thanks to my friend Alex and good ol TiVo we have the Dirt finals for ya anyways.
Round 1 of finals featured Chris Doyle
pulling a 360 Barspin to X-Up, Turndown 360, 360 Tailwhip to earn a score of 89.75. Ryan Nyquist
pulled a Double Barspin Backflip, Straight jumped 2nd set, Backflip-Tailwhip ((attempt))to earn a score of score of 82.50. Corey Bohan
pulled an X-Up ((off start ramp)), Front Flip, Superman Seat-Grab, Barspin to Late Tailwhip to earn a score of 93.50. Luke Parslow
pulled a Turndown Backflip, Tailwhip, Backflip-Tailwhip to earn a score of 90.50 Rounding out Run 1 is Ryan Guettler
who pulled a 360 ((off start ramp)), Front Flip, Tailwhip, 720 to earn a score of 94.50 Starting out Run 2 is Cory Nastazio
(who got a score of 85.00 his 1st run) pulled a X-Up Backflip, Tailwhip, X-Up to Backflip-Tailwhip to earn a score of 85.50. Cameron White
received an 88.25 his first run and his second consisted of a Double Tailwhip,360 X-up, X-Up Backflip, to earn a score of 88.25. Stephan Murray
was up next, his 1st run was an 89.50, and his second was ((attempted)) Turndown 360 Backflip ** was a bit over rotated ** to earn a score of 80.75. Nyquist
second run was Barspin Backflip, Suicide 360 to Barspin, Double Barspin Backflip earn a score of 91.50. Bohan
came next with a X-Up ((off start ramp)), One-Footed 360 Table top, Opposite 360 Table, 360 Tailwhip ((attempted)), ** came up short and under rotated ** to earn a score of 83.25. Parslow
was next with a Backflip-Tailwhip, Front Flip, X-Up Backflip to earn a score of 95.00. Guettler
rounded out second runs with a 360 ((off start ramp)), Front Flip, 360, Double Tailwhip to earn a score of 92.75. Third and final runs began with Murray
who pulled a Turndown Backflip ((attempt))** clipped back tire on top of jump...lost momentum...couldn't make second jump ** to earn a score of 81.75. Chris Gerber
is next and he pulled a Backflip-Tailwhip ((attempt)) ** over rotated ** to earn a score of 80.75. Doyle
came next with a Turndown 360, Tailwhip, No-Footed Can-Can 360 to earn a score of 86.50. Nyquist
came next with a One-Handed X-Up Backflip, 720, Double Truckdriver to earn a score of 91.50. Bohan
came next with an X-Up ((off start ramp)), One-Footed 360 Table, 360, 360 Tailwhip ** came up short...cased on top of jump...rode it out (laughing at himself :) ) ** to earn a score of 86.00. Parslow
's last run consisted of a Backflip-Tailwhip, 360 ** came up short...front tire hit jump...fell ** to earn a score of 81.75. Guettler
, having won the competition at this point took a *well-deserved* victory run that consisted of Backflip, Front Flip, No-Handed Front Flip. The final rundown was 10th to 1st: Nastazio (85.25), Murray (85.63), Cooke (86.00), Gerber (86.75), Doyle (88.13), White (88.25), Bohan (89.75), Nyquist (91.50), Parslow (92.75) and Guettler (93.63).
BMX Supercross Results are 8th to 1st: Mike Day, Bubba Harris, Brandon Meadows, Randy Stumpfhauser, Jason Rogers, Kyle Bennett, Luke Madill, and Robert De Wilde.
(Side note: These guys on bikes are BRUTAL they actually like kick each other to knock them off the bikes..talk about
being mean..but then again most of them were really cute so can't really be too mad at them but still, sheez)
Pics and words by: Cathy