Australian Cam Sinclair has done the incredible, winning his first ever X Games gold medal in Best Trick at the Los Angeles Staples Centre in California today, with fellow Aussie Robbie Maddison taking silver.
Australian Cam Sinclair has done the incredible, winning his first ever X Games gold medal in Best Trick at the Los Angeles Staples Centre in California today, landing a double backflip in front of over 20,000 screaming fans.
The achievement is something fairytales are made of, with Sinclair being almost fatally injured only one year ago almost to the day when performing the same trick at an event in Madrid, Spain.
An elated Sinclair was lost for words in winning against the very best in the world of Freestyle Motocross.
“I’m speechless. I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life and now that it is here, I just don’t know what to say,” the Victorian said. “The last 12 months haven’t been easy that’s for sure – thank you to everyone that has stood by me and helped me get here.”
While a double backflip may be enough for most to call it quits, Sinclair has already spoken of bigger and better things on the horizon.
“I so stoked to win today, but I still feel I can ride better,” he continued. “I have another trick in my back pocket, but I guess now I’ll have to save it for next year!”
Sinclair’s win marked an Australian one–two finish in the Best Trick contest, with Robbie Madison taking a strong second place.
“I have been watching the X Games since I was 10 years old,” Sinclair said. “This is a dream come true. After my accident in Spain, I had lots of practice and preparation for this competition. Even though I have completed the double backflip eleven times, I was really worried because the set-up is different everywhere. I am excited that I was able to pull it off.”
Second and third place were close as Maddison completed a smooth spin for his first run and then impressed the crowd with a Volt to side-saddle lander.
“I am honored to get silver and am stoked to get my first medal,” Maddison said. “Taka’s trick was insane, and to me, I see no difference between second and third.”
Japanese rider Taka Higashino’s double grab indy air secured his first bronze medal.
“I am super excited. This is my fourth year at X Games and my first medal,” Higashino said. “Sometimes the difficulty of the trick messes with my head then I think about Jeremy Lusk. I felt like he was with me and I stuck it.”
X Games rookie Jarryd McNeill claimed the silver medal in the Best Whip contest after amazing on debut, finishing second to dual gold medalist Todd Potter. McNeill out-scored riders such as Josh Grant, Josh Hansen and Jeremy ‘Twitch’ Stenberg on his way to finishing runner-up.
After the final two contestants missed the 32’6″ bar, the Moto X Step Up Final came down to one last elimination round.
X Games 15 gold medalist Ronnie Renner, who was looking for a back-to-back win, versus Matt Buyten, who was hungry to earn his third X Games gold medal in this challenging event. Sailing over the bar, Matt Buyten secured gold after taking the bronze last year.
“There is so much pressure every year at X Games,” said Buyten. “What’s great is that everyone respects this competition, and it means so much to win the gold again.”
Beginning the final at 26 feet, the first round looked more like practice as everyone cleared the bar. However, it quickly came down to Buyten, Renner, Myles Richmond and Todd Potter as they attempted to jump the 32’6″ bar height. When the next step was raised a foot, only Buyten and Renner remained.
“Every year, Step Up is a dog fight, and I knew it was going to come down to me and Renner,” Buyten said. “It’s much harder than it looks to do, and the landings are rough. I have a massage already scheduled for Monday.”
Richmond claimed the bronze, his first X Games medal.
One Moto X contest remains with the Speed and Style race scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.