News Inside XDL to Air on Versus TV | Video

Inside XDL to Air on Versus TV | Video

Freestyle Motorcycles

Here’s a teaser for the upcoming TV series Inside XDL on Versus, a show that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the best in motorcycle stunt riding.

The XDL Championship was born in 2006, and quickly became one of the fastest growing sports. The XDL Championship was even highlighted at this year’s Summer X Games.

Inside XDL premiers on Versus Oct. 12, and will air every Tuesday at midnight EST.

An XDL Championship Breadown:

A typical XDL event consists of a practice day, followed by either one or two event days. Approximately $10,000 in prize money is up for grabs at each time, and with 6 events that makes an annual purse of $60,000.

The main competition, and the one that decides the national championship, is Individual Freestyle. Riders have three minutes to put together a run that covers all the required elements.

Individual Freestyle is a judged competition. All riders must qualify and 15 transfer into the main event. The winner is awarded 45 points, 15th receives three. The top qualifier receives a bonus points and rider participating in qualifying also receives a point.

In September of 2008, XDL started a second points championship called the Aprilia All Star Challenge. It requires a rider to complete a skills course in the shortest amount of time on an Aprilia SXV 4.5.

A time bonus can be earned for perfectly executed skill elements. Other competitions are Circle Challenge, which is a head-to-head bracket competition in which riders have to be the first to complete 10 circle wheelie rotations; Sickest Trick, an audience judged competition in which a rider has two attempts to execute a specific trick; and Freestyle Burnout, a one-minute free format intended to get the crowds excited and give riders a chance to let it all hang out.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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