X Games 15 BMX Blog - Friday
8:29 p.m. PST: And that's going to be it for Friday's live coverage. Check back tomorrow for vert and park. Oh yeah, if you need a break from the X action, there's always the Joe Rich Pro Spotlight from earlier today. See you tomorrow. -BT
7:25 p.m. PST: And that's going to be it for X Games 15 Big Air. I'm relieved that everyone leaves the big ramp intact and un-concussed. As for the results, it's no surprise. K. Rob has another Big Air gold medal. The line that won it: a huge no-handed backflip over the 70-foot jump to 20-foot no-handed flair.[Watch the Big Air Finals video HERE.]
It is called "Big Air," and you can't get much bigger than that.As for second, that goes to Kevin's good friend Chad Kagy, who didn't go for the rumored double backflip, but instead rolled the dice with a tailwhip backflip over the 70-footer to bailed whip flair at about 17-feet on the quarter. It would've been a very close call if Chad had pulled it, but let's just be glad he's healthy. We still got vert tomorrow for Chad and Kevin.
In third was Dave Mirra. Dave definitely went for it. And as is the case with Mirra, it's either all or nothing. But even when his all doesn't go quite the way he planned, that's still a respectable third place for Mirracle Boy.
The big news of Big Air though: Anthony Napolitan and BMX's first double frontflip. It's now pulled, and not only that, it was pulled twice in a row. Congrats to Anthony for making the BMX record books and making it out alive and well. I always get so scared for the Big Air competitors. That ramp is no joke. Also gotta give a shout to Allan Cooke, who placed a respectable fourth. Despite a full-time job at Haro and a recent cross-country move, Allan isn't slowing down one bit.
Truly a great event, and even more splendid that everyone walks away healthy. -BT
7:09 p.m. PST: "I'm so stoked right now. I came here with the intention just to do the double front over the 70-foot and I got it done. I'm so psyched right now!" - Anthony Napolitan -CY
7:05 p.m. PST: Kevin Robinson wins big air at X Games 15!
1. Kevin Robinson
2. Chad Kagy
3. Dave Mirra
4. Allan Cooke
5. Anthony Napolitan
6. Morgan Wade
Congrats Kevin. Big air is all you. Again. And of course, Kevin's humble and talking about Anthony's double frontflip in his exit interview.-BT
7:01 p.m. PST: Kevin Robinson just took the top spot with a no-handed backflip to huge no-handed flair. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Big Air is Kevin's event. Mirra just bailed his last run, so he's out of the running for gold. We're waiting on Chad Kagy now. Last man on deck, a position that doesn't seem to bother Chad. -BT
6:55 p.m. PST: I guess I'll come right out and say it. I keep hearing that Chad Kagy has a double backflip in store for his final run. I'm scared to watch. Psyched that Chad isn't afraid to throw down, but also scared to watch. -BT
6:47 p.m. PST: Third runs are done. Mirra and Kagy both bailed over the 70-footer. This is all going to come down to the last run. Stoked for Allan Cooke though; he's currently sitting in third place. -BT
6:42 p.m. PST: First double frontflip ever, just pulled by Anthony Napolitan! Congrats Anthony. That was so smooth. Ridiculous but smooth. You got to remember though: despite Anothony pulling the doudble frontflip, he's still gotta bring it on the vert part of the big air ramp, and that's why his score wasn't as high as the crowd would have liked. I've judged big air in the past, and surprisingly, you actually get used to being booed by the crowd...-BT
6:40 p.m. PST: Morgan Wade is out of the comp. Let's hope he shaves that mustache now. Feel better Morgan!-BT
6:39 p.m. PST: "I don't even want another run. This is getting too crazy!" - Dave Mirra -CY
6:30 p.m. PST:It was kinda strange to see Mirra riding a bike without brakes at Dew Tour Chicago, but it's even a little stranger to see Dave ride a bike with a straight cable during Big Air. I guess that means no tailwhips for Dave during the comp. I can't say the same for Kagy, who just flip whipped the big set to flair for first place.-BT
6:22 p.m. PST:Anthony Napolitan just went for the double frontflip. He didn't make it all the way around, but he missed it by a hair. I think it's going to get pulled tonight. So nuts. I'm sitting in a production tent and watching the double frontflip attempt made me scream like a caveman.
Oh yeah, here's a little Web tip. If you're not seeing the latest blog entries, you can "Cache Bust" the page. Just add an & to the end of the URL plus a random string of letters (like this: http://www.espn.com/action/news/story?id=4369487&retretretretre). That will make the latest info show up. -BT
6:15 p.m. PST:First runs are out of the way now. And Dave Mirra is in the lead with a 89.66. K. Rob is in second with a 84.66 and Anthony Napolitan is in third with a 84.33. They've got three more runs to go. Let's see what happens. -BT
6:10 p.m. PST: At big air now, and we're on run 1 for the riders. Will the double frontflip happen? Let's wait and see. How nuts is it that Kevin Robinson can save a 20-foot air and not loop out when he lands low! -BT
5:50 p.m. PST: Street is done, and Garrett Reynolds has won yet another gold medal from X Games. The entire event was amazing, and with only six riders to get through, the format worked out well. The entire comp was pretty nuts, and even though it seemed like everyone was still worked from qualifying yesterday, that all went away for the contest hour.You want highlights? Here goes:
1. Garrett Reynolds: Double truck down the steep 12-stair set. Uprail on the mellow 12-stair set to double barspin. Smiths to tuck no-handers. Barspin to ice down the steep 12-stairs. Effortless, smooth and catlike on the very few occasions when he had to bail. We hear all the time that Garrett has a bright future ahead of him, but I like to think we can appreciate him properly in the present tense.
2. Ty Morrow: This was Ty's first X Games, and he seemed to have the format dialed. Big tricks, get his scores up, sit down and take it easy. 3s and opposite 3s down the steep 12-stairs, a 3 down the mellow 12-stair along with a 180. Ty is not scared.
3. Van Homan: Not to repeat myself too much, but Van aint scared either. We already knew this. But Van has a contest edge that doesn't come out too much, and when applied to the street course, it brought out straight up rail manuals down the steep 12-stair, a Derek duster down the mellow 12-stair, gap to grind on the steep 12-stair and a straight up whip hop over the rail to flat on the steep set.Big air time now. -BT
4:50 p.m. PST: Street Finals
1. Garrett Reynolds
2. Ty Morrow
3. Van Homan
4. Nathan Williams
5. Brian Kachinsky
6. Corey Martinez
4:30 p.m. PST: Second street session just ended, and Ty Morrow took the section win. But Williams, Reynolds and Homan are seriously right behind first place. The whole session was that close. Overall, Garrett is in the lead by one point over Van, and Ty Morrow is in third. More soon. We should have a winner in about a half hour. -BT
4:22 p.m. PST: Street just got underway, the first batch of riders just sessioned the area with the steep round and square rails. Reynolds pulled his signature tucked no-hander to icepick and Martinez pulled a truckdriver to smith from wedge. -CY
4:10 p.m. PST: Van Homan and Garrett Reynolds are tied for first after the first session. Ty Morrow is in third. Crazy crazy session. -BT
3:45 p.m. PST: So word on the BMX grapevine is that Big Air is going to be crazy awesome tonight, including the unveiling of two new tricks on the jump part: double frontflip and double backflip. Let's hope for the best. Those are scary tricks. Big Air starts about an hour after street finals. More soon. Time to judge now. Is it weird to anyone aside from me that Demetri Martin is announcing street with Catfish?-BT
3:22 p.m. PST: Just made it to the street course for street finals. Six riders are in the finals: Garrett Reynolds, Nathan Williams, Van Homan, Ty Morrow, Corey Martinez and Van Homan. Corey's ribs are a little sore, so he can't laugh, but hopefully he can ride okay. We've got about a half hour to go.-BT
2:38 p.m. PST: Vert practice officially ended at 2 today but Bestwick hung out and rode with the munchkin skateboarders so we could snap a few photos of this ridiculous no footed can can downside whip he's been perfecting.
It's a bit different than anything I've seen Bestwick do and we got an unbelievable pic of it. We also had a good conversation about DK Bikes, his new bike sponsor. He said he's stoked on his frame which is a Brian Kachinsky street frame! He likes how it's stiffer on the ramp and feels good in the air, he loves the geometry of it too. Go figure a street frame would be good to ride on Vert!
Overall Vert practice was good. Hoffman showed up filming a documentary with Jeff Tramane from "Jackass," which should be on ESPN later in the year. He grabbed DMC from the ramp to share some words.-CY
2:29 p.m. PST: Seth Kimbrough Mini Live Blog Interview:
Why did you ride so bad yesterday?
It wasn't me. It was the judges. I pulled two indian givers, but I went back and re-did them for myself.
How is life in Alabama?
Pretty good. Nothing new really.
What about your cars?
They sit in the garage, I've been riding motorcycles and hanging out with my dogs.
Who do you think is going to win street?
Nathan Williams is definitely capable of it. But everyone is looking good, so who knows?
What's after X Games?
Home for a week, then OKC to film and hang out.
Nice, thanks dude.-BT
2:22 p.m. PST: Random info: I just realized that street qualifying lasted longer than "The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring." That makes me happy that the format is shortened up a bit today.-BT
2:04 p.m. PST: At park practice now. A lot of these guys are pulling double duty this week between BMX Big Air Triples and X Games park. So after practice wraps up, they're driving to Orange County, padding up and riding another contest on top of this. -BT
1:48 p.m. PST: Spectators view point, pretty sick, right? The vert ramp is nestled in the small stadium of the Home Depot Center, which is way better for the fans.-CY
1:43 p.m. PST: Check out Dennis' iPod setup in his helmet, him and a few othervert guys have customized their helmets so the can ride to music without cables everywhere.-CY
1:35 p.m. PST:"Having Twitter is almost like being here." - Nuno from Odyssey, about the X Games and modern technology.-BT
1:27 p.m. PST: Heading over to park practice now. Vert was awesome.-BT
1:13 p.m. PST: Jamie Bestwick is doing double E.T. airs. At 13-feet. That means he goes up, does an air, cranks forward twice, then lands the air. DMC is now on the deck. He's already telling stories about previous X Games.-BT
1:00 p.m. PST: Coco Zurita is now on deck to ride. His bike is checker board print. Simon Tabron is also padding up. And Morgan Wade might be up for riding. Mustache included. I wish they wouldn't play Eminem during practice...-BT
12:52 p.m. PST: Check out Bestwick's helmet he just showed up to practice with!-CY
12:49 p.m. PST: Vert practice is nuts. Betwick has an airbrushed photo of his face on top of his helmet; its pretty darn funny. One-handed inverts are back. I don't know whether to thank Rob Darden or Joe Johnson. -BT
12:39 p.m. PST: The vert grapevine is talking: Jimmy Walker is doing double barspin 540s. Jamie Bestwick, Zack Warden and Tim Wood are now on the deck too. Things are heating up. "I better get a photo of Bestwick and update my Twitter." - Aaron Ross -BT
12:15 p.m. PST: Got up bright and early this morning to pay a visit with all the DC guys at the Standard Hotel. DC took over the entire hotel to accomidate their riders for the duration of X Games. I got to chat with Mirra, Kagy, Doyle and Dhers about Big Air finals tonight. We should have the video up shortly so be sure to check that out. Right now though I'm back over at Home Depot Center where the vert guys are kicking into practice, Walker and Eggleston are already at it. -CY
12:10 a.m. PST: At vert practice now. It is hot! Jimmy Walker and Jay Eggleston are warming up on the ramp, which means we're watching 8-foot warm-up airs. Jimmy's rocking a brand new Eastern Grim Reaper, and Aaron Ross is on hand with us watching the sesh with us. Everyone is giving Cody hell for wearing a beanie in the heat. "I don't think I'd ride vert with holes in my frame." - Aaron Ross -BT
11:23 a.m. PST: Welcome to day two of X Games 15. We're coming to you live simultaneously from The Home Depot Center and The Staples Center, and we're going to be covering BMX Street and Big Air finals today. But first, we've got two hours of vert practice to get through, and unlike earlier in the week, the decks are going to be stacked with a handful of hungry vert competitors. So what can we expect from today? Well, after yesterday's marathon street qualifying, the system has been amended slightly. Instead of ten runs per rider, they now get eight. So the finals will be a bit shorter. And as for big air, well, according to some inside sources, we might be seeing some insanity tonight. I won't let the cat out of the bag, because I'm against putting cats inside of bags to begin with, but big air starts at 5:45 PST, so stay tuned here all day long for the latest from XG15. And if you're in need of some non-X content, you can always check the Joe Rich Pro Spotlight on ESPN BMX. -BT