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

Johnny Campbell throws his support behind FMX legend Todd Potter and the result is a BIG WIN at this weekend’s Glen Helen round of the Red Bull X Fighters.

The Red Bull Signature Series will be televised nationally on Saturday, May 26 on NBC at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT so mark your DVR’s you don’t want to miss this.

Competing on a Honda CRF450R was a clear advantage. Todd’s natural talent and passion for riding were undeniable to the packed house of over 15,000 enthusiasts.

With this win Todd takes the points lead. The next stop on the X Fighters series is Istanbul, Turkey June, 16th 2012. Link to event

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.”