Braapp Up Report 9-14-2011
Finally getting some home time again after a super busy couple of weeks announcing on the Boost Mobile Freestylemx.com Worldwide Tour presented by Monster Energy and the logistics involved as well. But it is time to fire up the Brapper and put down some laps on the old keyboard! This installment has AMA MX season ending, Dew Tour SLC Speed and Style, and X-Fighter Sydney warm up-let’s go!
First off we start with the Dew Tour Toyota Challenge in Salt Lake City, Utah last weekend. The only moto going on was Speed and Style, which seems to be gaining in popularity as FMX and MX start to blend like premix and gas. This course differed from those used at the X Games in a couple ways. First it was designed by one of the most recognized Freestyle riders in the world Carey Hart, and it featured four riders on course at a time. The course was also a little larger than usual giving the riders more room to get awesome! You can read all the specifics at the Alli Sports webpage, but the winner of Speed and Style was none other than Nevada Hard Core ripper Mike Mason who used his skills from his AMA Arenacross days to complement his huge tricks. Second went to the recently healed (broken femur in March at Nuclear Cowboys) Ronnie Faisst, from the Metal Mulisha, who also raced a lot when he lived back east. Gresham, Oregon native Beau Bamburg nailed the final podium spot in his first ever big league Speed and Style event. I really like this event and see lots of potential in it. As young MX Pro racers learn more tricks (trust me-some of them already have them but can’t let their team managers know it!) and get invites to these events it can only help bring more awareness to the sport of Freestyle. Congratulations to last week’s winners- all of them are quality guys that work hard for what they have!
On to moto and the Lucas Oils AMA Pro Motocross Series which ended its 2011 season last weekend at Pala MX in southern California. The 250 class was wrapped up the weekend prior at Steel City by Dean Wilson who led the class by 66 points over teammate Tyla Rattray when the dust settled. In fact, the top three finalists including Blake Baggett were all teammates on the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Team owned by legend Mitch Payton. Wilson used solid finishes all season to secure the title and I am really impressed with this kid’s riding style. He should do well when he moves to the 450 class as he is a big guy and likes to let it hang out when he needs too. The 450 class wasn’t decided until the last round at Pala and was hotly contested by Team Kawasaki’s’ Ryan Villopoto and Team Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey. In the end twelve points were all that separated the two competitors. Villopoto rode consistently all season long scoring points in very moto, while one has to wonder how much closer it would have been if Dungey didn’t pull a goose egg at the second moto of the Freestone National. Both riders will be repping the USA in Moto Des Nations next weekend as teammates then it is on to the grudge match for the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on October 15th. Should be a good one to watch! In the WMX division- Ashley Fiolek took top honors by a mere 14 points over Jessica Patterson in a hard fought battle to the end.
Back to FMX with a little info on the final round of the Red Bull X-Fighters to be held in Sydney, Australia this weekend. So far American Nate Adams leads the series by 40 points over Spaniard Dany Torres. Adams has been on a roll lately with wins at both X-Fighters and X-Games this year but is riding with a recently repaired left shoulder after taking a digger at his home course. Transworld MX did a little piece on him which you can view here on Monster Energy TV Andre Villa sits third but is still out with a broken femur and Blake “Bilko” Williams in fourth is out with injury as well- so someone may eclipse them and move into those spots. A win gets 100 points, second gets 80 and third 65- so that means that Nate could finish third and still take the championship if Torres wins. Torres needs Nate to finish fourth or worse to claim the 2011 title. There are quite a few spoilers in the mix with Adam Jones, Mikael Melero, Josh Sheehan, Mike Mason, Robbie Maddison and newly added Todd Potter. Todd replaces Javier Villegas who is having some passport issues that he can’t get sorted in time. It should be an interesting comp and it airs on Fuel TV at 8 pm EST. Go to Red Bull’s site for live feed on the internet information.
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