X Games: Day 3, Speed & Style, and Women’s Racing
Plus ex moto racer breaks world record
The Inner Circle
Jana Bond’s Medal Minutia, Photos: Scott Hoffman
Today we had a short day at X but the magnitude of what we saw was quite large. Rally car driver Tanner Foust and Hollywood stuntman (former 125cc Supercross racer) Greg Tracy attempted a stunt that had my heart a pitter pattering. The Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare was two cars, side by side, racing toward a double vert loop that was six stories high. And as if that wouldn’t be enough to thrill the audience, they had to toss in a jump at the end. Greg got out ahead and spun around the loop but not without incident. His rear suspension broke mid loop but that didn’t stop him for speeding forward and clearing the jump. Tanner looped around no problem but on the jump he narrowly cleared it and had a nice double bumpity bump on the landing. All in all it was an incredible spectacle and they are now the world record holders for being the only men to complete such a feat on a 66-foot double loop.
Next year, I propose they make a little more interesting and have them come from opposite sides toward each other and whilst in the loop they joust. Sorry, had to do it, it rhymes with Foust.
Gold-Hungry Mason Claims the X Games Speed & Style Throne
Mike Mason Triumphs Competitive Field With Killer Style and Speed
From the beginning of the X Games Speed & Style heat, it was apparent that Mike Mason rode with the determination of someone who was hungry for Gold. Eager to redeem himself of his second place performance in 2011, the Carson City, Nev., native refused to let anyone get in his way.
“I’m pumped on getting an X Games Gold medal! It was awesome going against Nate and Faisst back-to-back. Coming out on top makes me feel like I earned it,” said Mason, who was all smiles.
Nate Adams, who claimed Gold the year before finished second behind Mason after losing a crucial opportunity to pass him on the inside.
“I had a chance to run him up high and I could have hit him. I decided I was going to leave him a little room and then I lost traction. If I could do it all over again, I probably would have ran him high, made some contact, and made a race out of it,” said Adams.
Following the race, Moto X Supercross legend Jeremy McGrath gave Adams some advice, “You’re too nice, Nate, you should have ran him high and bumped him off the track. You can’t race your friends like they’re your friends.”
Adams went on to defend his decision to McGrath but soon relented. “Now, I know—it cost me a Gold medal,” Adams said.
Rounding out the podium was Murrieta, Calif., native Ronnie Faisst who added a third Speed & Style Bronze to his growing medal collection.
Golden Lives Up To Name in Moto X Women’s Racing
Golden Holds Lead For 10 Laps
Vicki Golden made it two years and two X Games Gold medals as she took the win in Moto X Women’s Racing Saturday night at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
“The start was very tricky off the wood,” Golden said. “I have to credit my time racing arenacross against the boys with giving me my edge on this tight X Games course.”
Golden was out of the gate first and retained her lead on the other five racers for ten laps of rhythm sections, technical transitions, and a finishing jump, which she threw a whip on crossing the finish line to take her victory.
Following Golden in second was the most decorated athlete in Women’s Moto X, Tarah Gieger, who stayed on Golden’s heels throughout the race, finishing just over seven seconds behind her.
“I have lots of respect for Vicki and a second against her is as good as a Gold,” Gieger said. “I look forward to X Games every year and it’s one of my favorite events.”
Rounding out the podium was Livia Lancelot who moved into third in the early half of the race, and gave Gieger a run for her money when she passed her in lap seven momentarily.
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