The 2012 X-Games ended with an explosion of Orange power in Los Angeles on Sunday night with KTM riders Taddy Blazusiak (right) and Maria Forsberg winning golds in the newly inaugurated Endurocross event, the first time it had made an appearance in the X-Games program.

To round off a great night on the track for KTM riders, it was Mike Brown who took the silver in the men’s event, finishing 14 seconds behind Taddy. KTM rider Kurt Caselli also tackled the difficult course and finished seventh. The X-Games event also counts as the first round of the GEIKO Endurocross championship 2011 where KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak of Poland will be looking to renew his world championship title.

The Endurocross course for the Games was typically challenging and strewn with ten laps over seemingly impossible obstacles like tires, rock pits, a pile of split lumber, log paths, fallen trees and a water pit. But while Taddy emerged triumphant he had his difficulties in the made the finals only by way of the last change qualifiers. From then on it was plain sailing for the Polish rider who in June won his fifth consecutive Erzberg hare scramble on Austria’s iron Mountain.

“This track was a little bit more like the European tracks like we have back home, a little bit more spread out,” Taddy commented. “You could hit the stuff faster, and that actually suits my riding style better. You just try to push yourself to the limit and that’s what I tried to do and you had to make a decision in the split of a second. I’m really happy, I had a steady start, I wasn’t going over my head and I just worked my way through.”

“It’s my first time at X Games and it was great. It’s fun to watch and there’s always something going on in this sport. I hope we get to come back again next year and put on a good show for everyone,” Brown said.

For Forsberg, a big name in women’s offroad racing in the USA, it was her first X-Games appearance and she lived up to her own high standards by emerging the winner over the tough course of obstacles in the arena. “It was really challenging because all the girls out here are really good riders,” she said. “Enduro cross is about consistency so I tried to just stay on the bike as much as I could.”

Irvine, Calif. – Kawasaki’s Vicki Golden dominated the Women’s Motocross event at X Games 17, winning both her heat and taking home the gold in the main event. The Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. was filled with dirt and setup similar to an Arenacross track, but with some very unique features. Golden excelled around the tight track, navigating the myriad of obstacles with precision. In the middle of the track was a 65-foot ramp-to-dirt jump, which didn’t slow Golden for a second. She flew over the massive jump with style every lap, throwing her bike sideways with a fist in the air as she flew past the checkered flag. Kawasaki rider and French-national Livia Lancelot rode solid throughout the event to finish third, taking home the bronze medal. Sara Price qualified for the main event, but after getting tangled with another rider finished in fourth.

Good as Golden

The tight track setup inside the Staples Center couldn’t have worked out better for Golden. She has been working hard and putting in a lot of time racing the guys on Arenacross tracks over the past year. This year Golden became the first woman ever to qualify for a main event in the AMA Arenacross Lites class. When she got on the track at X Games 17 she really exuded confidence on every part of the track, from the whoops to the massive ramp jump. Golden easily won her heat and advanced to the final where she grabbed the holeshot and checked out. She was the fastest out of the gate, smoothest over the whoops, and most stylish off the huge jump aboard her Kawasaki KX™250F. Golden’s impressive riding resulted in her first ever medal at the X Games, with gold.

The French Connection

Lancelot came to America on loan from the Bud Racing Team in Europe a couple weeks ago and went immediately to work perfecting her supercross style. Fresh off the plane, she came to Kawasaki and began testing her on new KX250F. Lancelot arrived at the X Games feeling confident even though she had never raced anything like the unique track. She adapted to the foreign track quickly, successfully navigating the awkward wooden drop-in ramp and ramp-to-dirt jump. At the first indoor race of her life, Lancelot finished with a bronze medal amidst the world’s best athletes.

Solid Effort

Price finished second behind Golden the first heat, and was feeling good going into the main event. She had a crash in the first lap, after getting tangled with another rider, which prevented her from getting back into medal contention. Price dusted herself off and finished the race on the bubble.

KX Proof

The X Games 17 Women’s Moto X event was dominated by green bikes, from start to finish. By the main event, 75% of the bikes on the line were Kawasaki KX250Fs. After 16 whoop-filled laps, the KX250F came out on top, delivering both Golden and Lancelot medals.

 

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.

LOS ANGELES (July 27, 2011) — BFGoodrich® Tires, an official sponsor of Summer X Games 17, will upgrade the experiences for both racers and fans at the upcoming event July 28-31, 2011. Not only will rally teams and drivers be challenged with a new race course leading them through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, but fans can win unique prizes — including a trip to the Skip Barber Racing School — and check out the SCORE Baja 500-winning race truck and a special tire carving at the BFGoodrich Tires booth at X Fest.

BFGoodrich Tires has established itself as a dominant force in X Games rally competition and has the opportunity to add two more rally gold medals to its X Games trophy case — one in the Rally Car Racing competition and one in the RallyCross competition. Since 2006, BFGoodrich-shod race cars have won 17 of the 20 medals awarded, including five of six gold medals: Travis Pastrana (Subaru) won gold in 2006 and 2008; Kenny Brack (Ford) won gold in 2009; and Tanner Foust (Ford) won two golds in 2010.

Los Angeles, CA – It just wouldn’t be X Games without a good dose of Travis, would it? He’s busier than ever with his Nitro Circus Live show, NASCAR racing, rally racing and Freestyle motocross, but extreme sports icon Travis Pastrana is always sure to be found at the ESPN X Games ( tickets on sale now). He’s not an easy guy to pin down, but in the midst of navigating through LA traffic, Travis phoned in to talk about the upcoming X Games 17 and what he has in store for STAPLES Center fans this weekend.

What events are you going to be doing at X Games 17?
Um, that’s a great question. The first one is best trick [on Thursday] and if I don’t get too hurt there I’ll probably be doing Freestyle X on Friday. Then on Saturday I have to fly back to Indianapolis for the Nationwide NASCAR race. Then I’m going to fly back on Sunday for the Rally event. That’s the plan… unless I’m really hospitalized. [laughs]

The word is you’re going to be attempting your signature “Toilet Paper roll” trick again for Moto X Best Trick. Is that the plan?
Yeah. [laughs] It’s basically a 720. We’ll see how that goes. It’s a lot of mass rotating in a lot of different directions. You have to launch with the same pull for the double backflip and then you have to translate that energy into a spin and then somehow try to land it. I’ve been practicing a lot but right now I’d say it’s about 50/50 [whether I land it or not]. We’ll see how it goes!