With over 136,000 people who attended this year’s X Games 2015 Austin, the X Games was full of epic extreme sports action. When the games kicked off on Thursday, June 4th with the Harley Davidson Flat-Track Racing Final and Moto X Step Up final, extreme sports fans everywhere knew this year’s games would be one hell of a ride.
Thursday, June 4th Highlights:
The 2015 X Games kicked off with the first ever flat-track racing event in its 20-year history with an extremely exciting race with the defending American Motorcycle Association Grand National Champion, Jared Mees, leading the pack for the majority of the race and suffering a mechanical failure in the final lap to lose the race and finishing 11th out of 12 racers.
1st: Bryan Smith, Time: 8:20.168
2nd: Sammy Halbert, Time: 8:20.638
3rd: Brad Baker, Time: 8:25.406
All statistical information is thanks to our friends at X Games ESPN.
You can catch the end of the exciting race here from our friends at ESPN at 8:07
To end the first night of the 2015 X Games Austin, the motos were flying high during the Moto X Step Up Final in Downtown Austin, 34 feet high to be exact!
Moto X Step Up Final Reults:
1st: Ronnie Renner, Max Height (FT): 34.00
2nd: Massimo Bianconcini, Libor Podmoi, Bryce Hudson, Max Height FT: 33.00
Check out Renner’s GoPro footage of his winning run with an astounding 34 feet!
Friday, June 5th Highlights:
The day started off with the BMX Vert contest with the longest win streak of nine gold medals in X Games history by Jamie Bestwick in the event being broken by the young Australian, Vince Byron with an absolutely insane run.
Our friends at Ride BMX Magazine posted the gold medal-winning run:
According to X Games ESPN, in a symbolic gesture, Bestwick placed the gold medal around Byron’s neck. “There was a lot of pressure on me to get 10 gold medals in a row, but a young man came with one more trick than I had,” Bestwick said. “He deserved the win today, but I had a fantastic time. I may have got a silver medal, but I feel like I won.”
X Games BMX Vert Results:
1st: Vince Byron, Best: 92.00
2nd: Jamie Bestwick, Best: 91.00
3rd: Simon Tabron, Best: 89.66
The next event was the Skateboard Vert Final won by 7-time gold medalist 35-year old Pierre-Luc Gagnon after battling knee and hip injuries for the past two years for his 8th gold medal in the Skateboard Vert contest at the X Games.
X Games Skateboard Vert Results:
1st: Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Best: 92.33
2nd: Paul-Luc Ronchetti, Best: 86.00
3rd: Sam Beckett, Best: 82.33
Even though Pierre-Luc Gagnon won the gold medal by 6.33 points, 2nd place winner Paul-Luc Ronchetti threw an epic 360-flip indie to give Gagnon a run for his money!
The Toyota BMX Park event started right after the Skateboard Vert with Daniel Sandoval winning his gold in his X games career.
After receiving the bronze medal last year, Sandoval had an explosive final run that included a double tailwhip and an insane front-flip flair to beat Dennis Enarson by 0.66 to get the gold.
X Games BMX Park Results:
1st: Daniel Sandoval, Best: 92.66
2nd: Dennis Enarson, Best: 92.00
3rd: Scotty Cranmer, Best: 89.66
The second to last event of Friday night’s X Games was the Moto X Enduro X Men’s and Women’s event with the toughest Moto riders in the world converging on Austin, Texas.
Veteran 43-year old KTM rider Mike Brown won his third X Games gold medal after Cody Webb fell on the rock section of the course to give Mike Brown the lead.
You can watch the whole race here on X Games ESPN:
According to X Games ESPN, Mike Brown’s son was at home with a broken femur and Brown dedicated the win to his son. “He told me to win the gold back, and I did it,” Brown said.
X Games Moto X Enduro X Men’s Results:
1st: Mike Brown, Time: 10:09.005
2nd: Taylor Robert, Time: 10:15.504
3rd: Cody Webb, Time: 10:20.466
The Women’s Enduro X race was up next with Laia Sanz and Tarah Gieger battling for first place the entire race from the start to finish.
The deciding moment in the race was during the final lap when multiple racers got bogged up in the corner of the rock section with Sanz navigating her way through to win the gold.
X Games Women’s Enduro X Results:
1st: Laia Sanz, Time, 6:37.266
2nd: Tarah Gieger, Time: 6:44.471
3rd: Kacy Martinez, Time: 6:58.442
Laia stated to ESPN “It’s really special to win here against as great a rider as Tarah. We had a really nice fight, so it made the medal more special.”
To watch this awesome battle between two great moto riders, check out the X Games ESPN video:
The final event on Friday night of the X Games Austin 2015 was one of the best of the entire weekend, the America’s Navy Skateboard Big Air event.
In his 20th year of X Games and 27 medals going into the Skateboarding Big Air event, Bob Burnquist did it again and won gold. Burnquist had an impressive run that gave him the gold by landing a switch lien 540 and finishing with an Indy 700 to fakie on the quarterpipe to give him the highest score of the night, 93.33.
X Games Skateboarding Big Air Results:
1st: Bob Burnquist, Best: 93.33
2nd: Elliot Sloan, Best: 92.00
3rd: Tom Scharr, Best: 87.66
To watch Burnquist win his 28th X Games medal, check out X Games ESPN video:
Saturday, June 6th Highlights:
Curren Caples on his final run to win this year’s gold medal in the Toyota Skateboard Park Event. Courtesy of X Games ESPN.
Saturday’s X Games action kicked off with the Toyota Skateboard Park event with Curren Caples taking the first gold medal of the day. Curren Caples and last year’s champion, Pedro Barros, had a close competition but Caples beat him with a score of 86 to 84.66.
X Games Skateboard Park Results:
1st: Curren Caples, Best: 86.00
2nd: Pedro Barros, Best: 84.66
3rd: Ronnie Sandoval, Best: 82.00
The Rallycar Racing event was next up with gold medal winner Scott Speed describing the race as “the craziest race I’ve ever done in my life.”
As soon as the race began, cars collided around the first left-hand turn with Sebastian Eriksson and Brian Deegan emerging from the pack.
Speed’s Volkswagen Beetle took major damage in the first crash, but he was able to take first place and keep it for the rest of the race. Speed became the first ever in X Games history to win three Rally Car Racing gold medals.
You can catch the entire exciting race here from X Games ESPN:
X Games Rallycar Racing Results:
1st: Scott Speed, Time: 6:20.843
2nd: Steve Arpin, Time: 6:21.810
3rd: Sebastian Erikson, Time: 6:29.099
The Skateboard Street Women’s event is the biggest event in the world for women’s skateboarding and did not disappoint in 2015 with Alexis Sablone throwing a solid set of tricks down to win her 4th Women’s Skateboard Street gold medal.
To see Sablone’s gold medal winning run, check out X Games ESPN video:
Not only does Sablone now have three X Games gold medals and two silver medals, she is a Ivy League graduate of Columbia University and is currently attending MIT for her masters degree in architecture. Pamela Rosa, 15-year old from São Paulo Brazil, won her first X Games medal (silver) by grinding a rail down a 9-stair and nailing a kick flip off the roof gap.
X Games Skateboard Street Women Results:
1st: Alexis Sablone, Best: 92.00
2nd: Pamela Rosa, Best: 86.00
3rd: Vanessa Torres, Best: 78.00
The best BMX athletes from all over the world hit the dirt in this year’s X Games BMX Dirt event that featured temperatures up 90 degrees in Austin, Texas.
Winning his third straight BMX Dirt gold medal in a row, Kyle Baldock had an unreal run that is a must see that scored 90.00 from the judging table. Check out the video from X Games ESPN:
X Games BMX Dirt Results:
1st: Kyle Baldock, Score: 90.00
2nd: Mike “Hucker” Clark, Score: 89.00
3rd: Chris Doyle, Score: 89.00
According to X Games ESPN, Clark crashed on his first run, but locked in a silver medal with his second. “I just decided to let it all go, just have fun,” Clark said. “That’s what BMX is all about.”
After battling all their way to the Gold Match in the Moto X Speed & Style event at the 2015 X Games Austin, it was a heartbreaking loss for Blake Williams and an easy gold for Nate Adams.
For a full video of the final race between Nate Adams and Blake Williams, check out X Games ESPN:
Now with his 4th Speed and Style gold medal, Adams told X Games ESPN “It was basically the same story each race — try to get a first-place start, squeeze the other guy out, do my tricks, and keep moving forward.”
X Games Moto X Speed & Style Results:
1st place: Nate Adams, Score: 85.80
2nd place: Blake Williams, Score: 55.84
3rd place: Mike Mason, Score: 85.25
4th place: Adam Jones, Score: 84.74
The final event of the day on Saturday ended in BMX history being made when the first double flair in BMX history on the Big Air ramp was landed by Colton Satterfield, earning him his consecutive BMX Big Air gold medal.
For the video of Colton Satterfield making BMX history, check out X Games ESPN:
On his first two attempts on the Big Air ramp, Satterfield failed the extremely difficult trick. But, third time’s was the charm and X Games BMX history was made in front of thousands of fans.
X Games BMX Big Air Results:
1st: Colton Satterfield, Score: 90.33
2nd: Morgan Wade, Score: 89.66
3rd: Mykel Larrin, Score: 88.00
Sunday, June 7th Highlights:
The final day of the X Games Austin 2015 extreme sports action kicked off with the Big Air doubles contest featuring one skateboarder and one BMX rider combining for one score.
Bob Burnquist and Morgan Wade took first place with a score of 90.00 putting together two solid runs to win the event.
“I’m just excited to have another shot at riding the ramp,” Wade said. “That alone is worth everything to me because I only get to ride this a week out of the year.”
Burnquist said he was a fan of competing as a team. “It’s a different dynamic because I don’t want to let him down and I’m sure he’s thinking the same,” he said.
To watch the duo win the gold medal in Big Air doubles, check out this X Games ESPN:
X Games Big Air Double’s Results:
1st: Bob Burnquist and Morgan Wade, Score: 90.00
2nd: Steve McCann and Elliot Sloan, Score: 80.00
3rd: Zach Warden and Tom Schaar, Score: 70.00
Some of the most powerful trucks in the world were flying on two wheels around corners in the Off-Road Truck Racing event where 17-year-old Sheldon Creed won his first X Games gold medal coming off a silver medal victory in the Off-Road Truck Racing event in last year’s X Games.
“I just wanted to come here and back it up,” said Creed, who just wrapped up his junior year of high school. “To be an X Games gold medalist, that’s so rad and something that I’ve been looking to do since I was little,” according to X Games ESPN.
X Games Off-Road Truck Results:
1st: Sheldon Creed, Time: 8:11.923
2nd: Robby Gordon, Time: 8:15.141
3rd: Arie Luyenduk, Time: 7:57.705
If you missed this race, X Games ESPN has the whole race here:
Some of the biggest names in skateboarding such as Nyjah Huston, Chad Ortiz, Ryan Sheckler, Ryan Decenzo, and Torey Pudwill combined for a legit 2015 X Games Austin 2015 Men’s Skateboarding Street event.
After winning gold in X Games 2014, Nyjah Huston defended his gold and won it again posting a score of 94.00. According to X Games ESPN, His winning run included a massive kickflip off the roof, a kickflip backlip on the down rail, and a half Cab to backside smith back 180 down the rail for a final score of 94, giving him an 11-point lead ahead of silver medalist Chaz Ortiz, who earned his first X Games medal.
X Games Men’s Skateboarding Street Results:
1st: Nyjah Huston, Best: 94.00
2nd: Chaz Ortiz, Best: 83.00
3rd: Ryan Sheckler, Best: 82.00
With this event finishing up some of the most epic skateboarding of 2015, check out this X Games ESPN video of all of the best skating highlights from X Games Austin 2015:
The Moto X Best Whip event is a fan favorite with some of the best Moto riders throwing down the nastiest whips one after another. The voting was based on Twitter with Jarryd McNeil dominating the event with 59 percent of votes.
For 7 minutes and 35 seconds of the gnarliest whips in the X Games Austin 2015, check out X Games ESPN’s video here:
Thomas Pagès won the first Moto X QuarterPipe event in X Games history landing a bike flip, he first landed this trick in the Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid 2014 event.
The final event of X Games Austin 2015 was the inaugural Moto X QuarterPipe event. Thomas Pagès won the event by executing the difficult bike flip and landing it on his second try after crashing the first time.
X Games Moto X Best Whip Results:
1st: Thomas Pagès, Score: 95.33
2nd: Levi Sherwood, Score: 93.00
3rd: Josh Sherwood, Score: 87.33
The bike flip thrown by Pagès beat out second place competitor Levi Sherwood who performed a very impressive Egg Roll trick scoring 93 points.
To see Thomas Pagès throw his bike flip on his special carbon fiber moto, check out X Games ESPN video:
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Author: Soul id Editor Lars Gustafson