X Games 17: Moto X Monster Report
2011 X Games 17
When X Games 17 wrapped up Sunday, the Monster Army team won a total of six medals in the Moto X and Rally disciplines.
The leader of the Monster Army pack was former Motocross rider Nate Adams, who received two gold medals, which gives him a total of 12 X Games medals, three gold.
Adams impressed on Friday with his patented 360 putting. His Freestyle Motocross tricks allowed him to score 90 points, earning a gold medal. This was his first gold in X Games since 2004…but he wasn’t done yet.
Adams returned Saturday evening for the Speed & Style event, putting together a solid run of flip tricks, starting out with a huge 360 followed by backflip no hander and then a backflip lazyboy.
Additionally, future rally superstar Liam Doran, popular freestyle rider Adam Jones, enduro stalwart Justin Soule, and up-and-coming FMX competitor Jarryd McNeil all took home some hardware of their own.
As one of the most recognizable names in FMX over the last decade, it was no surprise to see Adam Jones join his fellow Monster Army member Nate Adams atop the Freestyle podium on Friday night. Jones kept Adams honest in his two highest-scored runs, ultimately falling just five points short in an impressive silver-medal effort.
Coming into X Games as a relative unknown, Jarryd McNeil made a name for himself in the freestyle world with a bronze medal performance in the fan-voted Best Whip competition on Thursday night. As a former Australian Motocross Champion and budding FMX star, McNeil showed his supreme bike control by whipping so much, that he was upside down on several occasions.
Liam Doran’s debut at X Games was one to be proud of, and the British rallycross specialist no doubt returned to his home country with his head held high. Behind the wheel of his menacing Citroen affectionately known as "Black Mamba," Doran turned heads in Rally Car Racing, displaying incredible car control and jaw-dropping speed en route to the gold medal in his inaugural outing at X. Overcoming the likes of 2010 gold medalist Tanner Foust and former World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm, Doran laid claim as arguably the most prominent rising star in rally.
The closing event of X Games 17 also signified the newest discipline in the global spectacle. Enduro X has long been a one-of-a-kind aspect of the motocross landscape, but on Sunday night, it took center stage for millions to see. Monster Energy Kawasaki factory rider Justin Soule took advantage of the opportunity, challenging at the front of the field in his quest for gold. As most of his competitors fell by the wayside, literally, Soule stayed consistent and brought home his first X Games medal with a bronze.
Moto X Best Whip
- Jarryd McNeil – Bronze
Moto X Freestyle
- Nate Adams – Gold
- Adam Jones – Silver
Rally Car Racing
- Liam Doran – Gold
Moto X Speed & Style
- Nate Adams – Gold
Moto X Enduro X
- Justin Soule – Bronze