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.

From the beginning of the X Games Speed & Style heat, it was apparent that Mike Mason rode with the determination of someone who was hungry for gold. Eager to redeem himself of his second place performance in 2011, the Carson City, Nev. native refused to let anyone get in his way.

“I’m pumped on getting an X Games gold medal!  It was awesome going against Nate and Faisst back to back. Coming out on top makes me feel like I earned it,” said Mason, who was all smiles.

Nate Adams, who claimed gold the year before finished second behind Mason after losing a crucial opportunity to pass him on the inside.

“I had a chance to run him up high and I could have hit him.  I decided I was going to leave him a little room and then I lost traction.  If I could do it all over again, I probably would have ran him high, made some contact, and made a race out of it,” said Adams.

CORONA, Calif. – STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles was host to Moto X Freestyle, the first of eight moto events at X Games Los Angeles 2012. Monster Energy’s Taka Higashino dominated the competition and took home a coveted X Games Gold Medal by nailing a Rock Solid Backflip! Watch for Higashino in Best Trick on Friday night. Fellow Monster Energy athletes Nate Adams, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Adam Jones, and Andre Villa finished fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Monster Energy’s Andre Villa sustained an injury after a crash in his first run and was unable to compete in his second run as a result.

Friday night will play host to the Best Whip and Best Trick competitions, with Monster Energy’s Josh Hansen, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, and Edgar Torronteras competing in Best Whip, and Kyle Loza, Taka Higashino, Mark Monea, and Blake “Bilko” Williams competing in Best Trick.

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X Games Los Angeles 2012 – Moto X Freestyle Results
1. Taka Higashino
2. Levi Sherwood
3. Javier Villegas
4. Nate Adams
5. Blake “Bilko” Williams
6. Adam Jones
7. Rob Adelberg
8. Dany Torres
9. Todd Potter
10. Andre Villa

Photo: Steve Cox