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.

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.

ESPN, creator of the X Games, announced today it will bring the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain beginning in 2013. Those cities will join Aspen, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif. and Tignes, France to host the X Games in an effort to expand globally. With relevance to contemporary youth around the world, this expansion is a transformation from an action sports competition brand into an action sports lifestyle brand that will highlight new locations and enhanced cultural and digital elements around the world.

ESPN conducted a formal bid process starting last May which resulted in significant interest from locations around the world that bid to host one of three new events (which join Los Angeles, Aspen and Tignes).  Beginning today, local organizing committees for Foz do Iguaçu (pronounced Fawz Day Ig wah soo), Munich and Barcelona will collaborate with ESPN for the next three years to bring the premier action sports event to their cities, launching an annual, six-event X Games calendar  – four of which will be summer events and two winter.

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.