Can you feel the Austin heat? The dirt flying, the wind racing and the brap brap going higher and higher? Get ready because X Games is currently underway in Austin, Texas for its last-ever running in the Lone Star State’s capital.
— X Games (@XGames) May 23, 2016
While X Games is giving one last send off to Austin, Texas, it is saying hello again to some old friends in the Moto world. Best Trick and Freestyle Moto make their long-awaited returns this week at Circuit of the Americas.
Best Trick was always one of the most exciting competitions in Moto X over the years (remember when Travis Pastrana landed the first double backflip)?!
Returning to X Games for the first time since 2012, the Best Trick contest was suspended after the 2012 event because of a slew of serious injuries and the death of snowmobiler Caleb Moore in January 2013 during the X Games Snowmobile Best Trick event.
As Pastrana told ESPN after Best Trick was put on hold, “It was a staple of progression in FMX but also the most risky part of it.”
Among the favorites will be Jackson Strong who, at only 19-years-old in 2011, was the first to ever land a front flip in any contest at the X Games.
The final-only format will give the 10 riders two runs with only their best scoring run counting.
The defending X Games Moto X QuarterPipe gold medalist Tom Pagès will also be among those expected to place in Best Trick, as well as in the also-returning Freestyle Moto.
FMX makes a return to Austin after a one-year hiatus and will give 10 riders two 75-second runs to throw down their best freestyle tricks on a wide array of course features.
The Moto X Freestyle event goes down at 7 p.m. EST on Friday and the Best Trick final happens at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday. Make sure to tune in to ESPN to witness history being made in the moto world.
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