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We’ve made the trip to Utah for the 2018 Nitro World Games, the third running of the action sports event organized by the Nitro Circus. The event has progressed and changed in just a few short years, including a move from downtown Salt Lake City to the nearby Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park) to allow for the new Nitro Rallycross competition. But because this is a Nitro Circus event, freestyle motocross remains a critical feature and this year’s schedule includes FMX Best Trick and FMX Quarterpipe, two of the most specialized formats in FMX. Australian riders Harry Bink, the defending FMX Best Trick champion, and Corey Creed, a virtual unknown ahead of the event, are considered heavy favorites for the top spots in their respective disciplines. Bink is back to defend his win with another new trick, a daring front flip lazy boy that uses the modified front flip ramp, while Creed has skied his bike to new heights off of the quarterpipe. We had a few moments with both riders to learn about their plans for Sunday’s competition, which will air live and for free on the TransWorld Motocross Facebook page.
2018 Nitro World Games | FMX Broadcast Schedule | Sunday September 23rd
FMX BEST TRICK FINALS | 2 PM EST/11 AM PST
FMX QUARTERPIPE FINALS | 7 PM EST/4 PM PST
HARRY BINK | FMX BEST TRICK
I watched you earlier today and that's a pretty big move. Where did you come up with the front flip lazy boy?
I feel like coming out of last year and doing the front flip rock solid, I had high expectations to live up to. I wanted to come here with a new trick that no one has seen before. My good mate Matt McFerran and I were having sushi one night and were talking about what tricks no one has seen before. We rattled our brains but in two seconds he said, "Front flip lazyboy." He was so confident on it that I asked if he had thought about it. Two days later we went to the 5060 compound and I tried it into the foam pit. He was operating the crane and giving me pointers. I had a few mishaps, landed on my head a few times, and threw the bike away one time but it landed on my head and gave me a concussion. That was a good enough reason for me to give it up, but I shook it off and made it work. Once I figured it out I practiced a heap at home. The hardest part is finding my timing at this event because the landing ramp is so tall. It's way higher than the up ramp and my foam pit is half the size of my ramp. Jumping it, we're talking another about the landing being 15 feet taller. It's a fine line of figuring out the speed and rotation, but I'm confident that I'll figure it out.
The first one you tried today into the landing almost sent you backward off of the ramp. How is jumping into the airbag and resi mat?
It's gnarly! I have a really bad shoulder and it keeps dislocating. Every time I land in the airbag, there is a risk factor for me because the bike can pull away. If it goes the wrong way and it pulls the handlebars, there is nothing to keep my shoulder in and it will pop straight out. I have some strapping tape on my shoulder and that's what's holding it in. I've had over thirty shoulder dislocations now and after every one it hurts for a couple of days after. It's a serious deal every time you dislocate it and I'm always in pain trying to avoid the situation. That airbag is really good because you can land on your head and be alright, but even when you land good it can put you in bad situations.
How is hitting the front flip ramp with the kicker at the top?
It's mental. I didn't remember them kicking so hard and it boots us up. It's violent and it boots me up, but like I said, I don't have a lot of airtime because I'm trying to get over the landing ramp. If I move ramp in, there is so much more risk of over rotating. I will have to watch the videos and do my homework to figure out the distance that I want the jump at to land exactly where I need to.
Have we hit a point where it is difficult to come up with new ideas?
Definitely. It's everyone's biggest battle to come up with a new trick that they can show the world when they come to a competition. It's just finding the fine line of something that won't kill you and that you can ride out of on the landing.
COREY CREED | FMX QUARTERPIPE
On my way to the event, I talked with some people and asked who they thought the contenders for the FMX events were going to be. Your name came up and I had no idea who you were, but they said, "You'll see." Within five minutes of watching, I see why you'll be in the mix. So, how do you learn to do this? Because you've come from out of nowhere.
[Laughs] Back home in Australia a buddy of mine built a compound. We didn't have a ramp or nothing, so we roughed it with a freestyle ramp that we cut in half and sat on top of some dirt to get it as vertical as we could. I've ridden that for a couple of months now trying to get the feel and for a shot at X Games. It's paid off because I got my invite for X Games and it's helped coming to Nitro World Games. It's good with this one (ramp) because you can take it small, not like a normal booter that you have to nail on the first go. With a quarterpipe, you can small and work up to it. It's trying to feel the rotation of the bike, knowing you have to come back down the way that you came.
How is it to hit one of those ramps? Looking at it from a common rider's perspective, I would never hit that thing. What's the technique like?
You go small and turn, but then you have to sack up and go straight and look up at the sky and then turn to catch the landing. It's not easy, for sure, but when you ride this ramp with everyone around you get pressured into it without anyone saying anything.
You don't have to go very fast, it looks like only first or second gear.
Yeah, we are in second gear and at the bottom we're coming in really slow. I find driving up from the bottom to the top gives you the pop back down to the landing. If you come in really quick, you will blow through the landing and catch the knuckle.
How is the feeling in the air, especially here with the wind coming over the flat land?
You are up there and you just check the landing then put some style into it. I haven't felt the wind at all actually.
When you come into the landing there is a mellow slope that goes from the deck down four feet and transitions into the vertical area. How is the landing?
Yesterday I had a pretty average day, just trying to get the bike set up, and I caught the tranny a bit. It's mellow so when you are in the air, you have time to brace for it because you are up so high.
What's your background? After looking at your Instagram, it seems like you do a little bit of everything.
My background is a motocross racer and that's what drove me into doing action shows. I rode in a show with cars and then learned how to drive cars, so now I'm a full-time stunt driver. I work at a theme park for live shows in Australia and we have a car show with drifting and everything.
What will the next few months be like for you? A lot of the competitors here will join the next Nitro Circus tour.
I'll go straight back to Australia and get ready for the Australia X Games. It's the first time in Australia and it will bring all of the Aussie guys out to show the world what we can do. I'm doing Best Whip and Quarterpipe, so when I get back from here I will go home and put the work in.