Meet the new Jeremy Stenberg. The one that has dominated the world of Freestyle Moto X the past year. The coronation of “Twitch” took place just outside of the STAPLES Center on Thursday night when the 23-year-old earned his first-ever X Games gold in Moto X Best Trick. Since the beginning of 2004, Stenberg has finished first or second in a freestyle competition 17 out of his past 20 events.With leader Brian Deegan forced to sit out the event while still recovering from the effects of a crash eight weeks ago, Stenberg took the weight of the Mulisha on his shoulders by nailing a No-footed Backflip to one-handed lander on his first run for a score of 92.20 which held up for the win.”I was surprised the jump went well,” said Stenberg, of the 90-foot flip that was the longest in X Games history. “The judges are looking for harder tricks all of the time, so I was definitely pumped.”Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, Md.) pulled of the Saran Wrap Backlflip to no-handed lander and earned second place with a score of 91.20. On his first run he attempted the first-ever Backflip to Barspin and the specially-engineered front wheel fell off on the landing, leaving Pastrana in dead last.”I thought it was cool,” Pastrana said of the first bike. “A lot of money and a lot of engineering went into that bike. But we just had fun out there. Even though I crashed, my creativity took over and we went from Plan A to Plan B to Plan C and D won it for me.”Nate Adams (Glendale, Ariz.) finished with the bronze after landing a clean off-axis 360 for his sixth X Games medal. “I’ve only been on my bike for five weeks,” Adams said of his recovery from a previous injury. “So, it’s all good.”Chuck Carothers (Cleveland, Texas) attempted his Corolla [Body Varial] on the final run of the night and was unable to get the landing correct as he slammed into the top of the bike and fell to the ground. He was checked out by medical personnel before walking off under his own power.
|1.||Jeremy Stenberg||Winchester, Calif.||92.20|
|2.||Travis Pastrana||Annapolis, Md.||91.20|
|3.||Nate Adams||Glendale, Ariz.||90.40|
|4.||Kenny Bartram||Stillwater, Okla.||89.40|
|5.||Ronnie Faisst||Mays Landing, N.J.||86.40|
|6.||Dustin Miller||Garnderville, Nev.||86.40|
|7.||Nixey Danielson||Phoenix, Ariz.||84.80|
|8.||Ailo Gaup||Kongsberg, Norway||84.60|
|9.||Beau Bamberg||Gresham, Ore.||77.00|
|10.||Chuck Carothers||Cleveland, Texas||71.20|
Watch for more coverage from X Games 11 on Dirtrider.com over the weekend including the Moto X Step Up and SuperMoto Race.