Dunlop-12-7-11Buffalo, NY: The Summer X Games in Los Angles, California, always deliver hours of exciting viewing to millions of extreme sports fans, and the competition in 2013 seemed better than ever. Dunlop athletes fared very well; in the eight Moto X categories, Dunlop-sponsored riders scored 23 of 24 podium positions.

In the dry, hard-packed track conditions that made for tricky riding in many of the final events, many of the freestyle and MX riders choose Dunlop’s Geomax® MX71™ tires for the slippery conditions.

Blazusiak-Endorocross-X-games-8-5-13Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak earned his second Los Angeles X Games Enduro X gold medal in three years by riding a flawless main event. The KTM rider withstood heavy pressure first from his teammate Mike Brown and later from Colton Haaker on the Lucas Oil JCR Honda but both riders made mistakes that allowed Blazusiak to hold a narrow gap to the finish.

Brown recovered from a few small mistakes to take the silver medal and Beta’s Cody Webb rode a consistent race to take the bronze medal in his first race back from a broken foot. Haaker finished fourth and Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert took fifth.

Dungey-Southwick-AMA-7-1-13SOUTHWICK, Mass. – After over three decades of hosting the world’s fastest riders, New England’s legendary Moto-X 338 facility hosted its final round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday. A massive crowd was on hand as the 2013 season reached the halfway point with the sixth round of the championship at the 35th Annual ChaplinKawasaki.com Moto-X 338 National.

After a pair of grueling 450 Class motos on one of the world’s most demanding circuits, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey secured his second straight overall victory following 1-2 moto results, gaining valuable ground in the championship standings. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac put forth one of his best outings of the season across each moto to also carry 1-2 moto finishes to his second overall win of the season.

Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13Irvine, CA – The third of four 2013 Global X Games events will take place in Munich, Germany this weekend and Enduro X will again be a major part of the show with live TV coverage planned for ABC. The Enduro X event will take place on Saturday evening Munich time, which translates to 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time. The same show is scheduled to include Freestyle Moto X. Check your local listings or http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/events/2013/munich/schedule/

“The X Games has helped expose the world to the exciting sport of Enduro X and live ABC coverage for the Germany event will be awesome” said Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross and ESPN Enduro X sport organizer. “We have another great venue inside the Olympic Stadium and it should be another exciting course to challenge the riders”.

Husqvarna-Off-Road-5-21-13Corona, CA – The EnduroCross crowd headed overseas for another round of the International X Games Enduro X, this time in Barcelona, Spain where Cory Graffunder rode his TXC310R to a fifth-place finish. Also in action over the weekend was the Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna team at the Limestone GNCC. Though Andrew DeLong didn’t fare quite as well, he managed to salvage a top-ten finish and keep his XC2 points chase alive.

Rain threatened to turn the Barcelona, Spain Enduro X event into another mud fest, but the promoters managed to keep the course dry and fast for the Moto X competition. Factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder called on his motocross skills to tackle the jumpy high-speed course, and thanks to a bold move on the tractor tire jump, was able to pass former teammate Kyle Redmond in the main event. Graffunder ran as high as fourth, and held on strong to finish close behind former champion Taddy Blazusiak.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a two-week break in action, the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returns to the track on Saturday, August 11, with its anticipated return to Southwick, Mass., for the Moto-X 338 National.

Legendary Moto-X 338 will provide the most unique challenge of the 2012 season as the lone stop of the Nationals to feature sand, which provides an ever-changing surface sure to keep the world’s best riders at their best. This weekend marks the series’ 34th visit to Southwick, which has been the site of some of the sport’s most memorable moments.

At the championship’s previous stop from Washougal MX Park, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey overcame a stiff challenge from MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi to take his sixth straight overall victory and maintain his dominant hold on the 450 Class point standings. While Dungey’s streaking ways continued for the overall win, his string of moto victories was halted at 10 after a captivating battle with Alessi in the opening moto.

Corona, CA – It’s time again for Summer X Games and the world’s best off-road motorcycle racers are ramping up for the Moto X Enduro X event. The action heats up Sunday, July 1st, when Husqvarna Motorcycles enters the STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles with a factory backed team featuring four of the top world-class extreme racers from four different countries, each hopeful of returning home with an X Games medal.

Husqvarna Motorcycles North America’s Cory Graffunder and Kyle Redmond will be joined by CH Racing’s Alex Salvini and extreme enduro ace Andreas Lettenbichler aka “Letti” for the race. Southern California native Redmond represents the American contingent alongside Graffunder of Canada. Both are AMA EnduroCross series regulars and 2012 marks the second year that the thrilling national series has included X Games on its calendar. Husqvarna European based factory riders Salvini and Lettenbichler will travel from Italy and Germany, respectively, making for quite a diverse international factory tour de force.

“It’s very exciting for Husqvarna to return to X Games with four such outstanding riders,” said HMNA Product and Racing Manager Derek Sorenson. “We had a presence at the 2011 X Games but unfortunately our EnduroCross star, Cory Graffunder, was out with injury. Cory will come out strong this Sunday along with three Husqvarna teammates who are totally capable of reaching the main event – and the podium.”

Oakland, KY – Round 5 of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series made its way to Oakland, Ky., where defending champion John Natalie made history by sweeping the first-ever ATVMX night race at Ballance Moto X. The specially-designed night track was made up of technical whoop-sections and quick lap times, and the unique atmosphere made for a spectator-friendly weekend of racing.

Central Kentucky hosted a regular day of amateur racing at the home track of 9-Time GNCC ATV champion Bill Ballance, but the evening show brought an all-new element to the race program. The AMA Pro ATV class featured two motos under the lights, while the Pro-Am Production class highlighted the amateur portion of night racing, and the Women and 50cc Sr. (6-8) classes wrapped up their second motos under the lights.

Motoworks/Can-Am’s John Natalie kicked off the afternoon’s qualifying with high intensity as he took home the ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Award for the first time this season. Natalie maintained his momentum as the gate dropped for Moto 1. It was Texas native Craig Porter who grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot Award in Moto 1, but Natalie put himself into the lead position after getting around Porter and Chad Wienen on the opening lap.

Buffalo, NY: Dunlop proudly extends its congratulations to the 15 Dunlop-sponsored riders who won medals at X Games 17: Matt Buyten, Ronnie Renner, Myles Richmond, Mike Mason, Ronnie Faisst, Dany Torres, Jeremy Stenberg, Todd Potter, Jarryd McNeil, Cameron Sinclair, Vicki Golden, Tarah Gieger, Livia Lancelot, Mike Brown and Justin Soule. A mixture of Freestyle, Motocross and Endurocross motorcycle events thrilled spectators at the Staples Center on July 28-31, and out of a possible 24 medals up for grabs, Dunlop riders won 18. In addition, Dunlop riders swept the Moto X Step Up, Moto X Best Whip, Moto X Speed and Style, and Women’s Moto X events.

Buyten set a new world record on his Dunlop-equipped motorcycle in the Step Up competition, soaring over the bar at 37 feet to capture his fourth X Games gold and second-consecutive Moto X Step Up gold. Renner was awarded the silver medal after clearing 36.5 feet, while Richmond finished with the bronze, leaping 35.5 feet. X Games veteran Adams nabbed his first gold of the games in the Speed and Style competition—Mason took silver and Faisst bronze—before going on to win gold medal number two in the Freestyle competition. Spaniard Torres won bronze.

The Best Whip contest is always a crowd favorite as fans get the opportunity to vote via text for their favorite whip. Fans voted Stenberg the gold medal winner while defending gold medalist Potter earned the silver and McNeil secured the bronze. Defending Best Trick gold medalist Australian rider Sinclair won silver after executing a knack-knack double backflip in this year’s contest.

Golden won her first X Games gold medal by winning the Women’s Moto X aboard her Dunlop-fitted Kawasaki race machine, while X Games 14 gold medalist Gieger secured the silver medal and France’s Lancelot secured the bronze. Gieger scored her second silver medal of the games by finishing runner-up in the first-ever Women’s Enduro X event.

Dunlop-sponsored World Off Road Championship (WORCS) rider Mike Brown had a memorable first X Games, winning the silver medal in the debut Moto X Enduro X event, while two-time WORCS champion Justin Soule finished with the bronze.

“It’s great to see the Dunlop riders doing such a fine job at X Games 17 and winning 75 percent of the medals,” said Broc Glover, Senior Manager, Motorcycle Off-Road. “X Games event coverage reaches a huge television audience and attracts a vast crowd of spectators over the four days of competition. At such a high-visibility event and with the pressure of such a large audience watching, everyone performed tremendously aboard their Dunlop-equipped motorcycles at this prestigious annual event.”

In some ways, Travis Pastrana is like the Tiger Woods of X Games – even if he’s not in the mix he’s still the headline grabber.

Yesterday during the Best Trick competition at X Games 17, Pastrana attempted a 720. His first attempt came up short and he crashed but quickly hopped to his feet. Without waiting for his second run, he went straight into another attempt. It was a better looking start to the trick but a much worse result. He did not complete the final rotation and came down hard on his right side, which ESPN reported resulted in a broken foot and ankle.

The crash during his “TP Roll” attempt was especially bad timing considering he was to race in his first NASCAR Nationwide debut on Saturday and also compete in Sunday’s RallyCross race at X Games 17. (Check out BFGoodrich’s Rally School prior to X Games 17.)

“I am sorry this happened and will be back in action as soon as I can. I look forward to Pastranathon 2012 at X Games 18,” Pastrana told ESPN after his release from the hospital.