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X Games: Bestwick continues streak, wins ninth straight BMX vert gold

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Dave Doolittle

Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 5, 2014

Round 2 update: Jamie Bestwick continued to make history Thursday night, winning a ninth straight BMX vert gold under the lights of Downtown Austin at the inaugural X Games Austin.

Bestwick only needed to make one run Thursday night, but it was more than enough: a 92.66 in the first round that the other seven competitors couldn’t touch.

It was the 12th X Games gold in 19 starts for the 42-year-old from Great Britain and his ninth straight dating back to 2007.

“My good riding usually comes out in the contests. I’m pretty stoked,” Bestwick said immediately after his win. “It would have been nice to see someone else win tonight, but I’m sure going to take this gold medal cause I put such hard work in. It’s all for the fans in Austin Texas.”

Simon Tabron, 40, also of Great Britain, finished second with an 89.66, which he scored in the first round.

Taking the bronze was 47-year-old Dennis McCoy, who landed a 900 (two-and-a-half turns in the air) during his second run to score an 88.33. The American, who has competed in every BMX vert competition in the Games’ history, had come into round 2 dead last in the field of eight riders after falling while trying to land the trick in the first round.

Round 1: Jamie Bestwick continued to show why he’s won more X Games BMX vert golds than anyone in history Thursday night with a stellar run in Downtown Austin.

Bestwick, 42, who’s won 11 golds in 17 X Games, including a record eight straight since 2007, scored a 92.66 in his first run Thursday night in front of thousands of people who crowded Congress Avenue at 10th Street where the halfpipe has been built.

Simon Tabron was not far behind with an 89.66 followed by Steve McCann with an 87.

“I don’t think a 92.66 will stick,” Bestwick said afterward.” I made a couple of mistakes but I got one more run.”

The competition, the first of the inaugural X Games Austin, features eight riders doing two runs, with their best score counting toward their overall ranking.

Round two is currently under way.