Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha’s Josh Grant made up for lost time in the start to take over the lead in lap 11 for his first X Games gold during the Moto X Super X Men’s Finals at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum today on the opening day of X Games 16.
“I feel great, this is a great feeling. It’s right up there with my win in Anaheim,” Grant said. “It was a close race but to come away with the win is great. The atmosphere and the people are fantastic here at the X Games. If I wasn’t competing, I would still be here.”
Grant trailed two-time Moto X Super X gold medalist Josh Hansen, who took the holeshot for an early wide lead in the race. After consist, smooth transitions, Grant took the lead in lap 11 and finished with a celebratory fist pump over the finish line.
Justin Brayton of Murrieta, Calif. stayed consistent and made his move after Grant to take the silver.
Hansen, whose father took the world championship medal at the Coliseum in 1982, finished third for bronze.
Australia’s Dan Reardon claimed fifth in the world’s most recognised action sports event, trailing fellow Yamaha rider Ivan Tedesco.
Returning defender Ashley Fiolek revved up the field and the audience as she took the gold for the second year in a row in the Moto X Super X Women’s Final at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Last year, she made competition history as the first hearing-impaired medalist.
“Christmas came early this year!” said Fiolek. “This is a great way to get the weekend started, and now I can sit back and enjoy the rest of the X Games.”
Silver and bronze came down to the last lap as Tarah Gieger and Sara Price were neck-and-neck the entire race. 2008 gold medalist Gieger edged out Price to take second place.
“I am surprised and excited to finish in the top three,” Price said. “I didn’t realize that I had medaled until my mechanic told me.”
Snatching the lead right out of the gate, Mike Schultz kept the competition behind him to take home his first X Games gold during the Moto X Super X Adaptive Final.
“It feels great to come back and compete after my injury at Winter X Games one and a half years ago and showcase an exciting track like this one at the Coliseum,” Schultz said.
Cottonwood, Calif. resident Todd Thompson followed Schultz for the silver.
Schultz, who took the Super X Adaptive silver in 2009, narrowly took the win after having trouble with his prosthesis during the race, which he built custom for competing in the X Games.
“I wasn’t able to stand up on my prosthetic side so I lost a few paces, but we pulled it off and ended up in the lead so it’s good,” Schultz said.
Beau Meier from Susanville, Calif. took third.