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2003 Los Angeles X Games
Moto X Step-Up Final Results

BUYTEN LAUNCHES TO VICTORY IN MOTO X STEP UP


Rookie knocks off three-time champ to snag X Games gold
LOS ANGELES ≠ World Freestyle Association (WFA) Step Up 2003 champion Matt Buyten won top honors in his first ever X Games appearance, landing a 32í0" jump that placed him ahead of reigning three-time X Games Moto X Step Up gold medallist Tommy Clowers. Clowers cleared the bar at 31í6", but failed to match Buytenís stunning 32í0" launch in his final attempt. When Clowers hit the bar on the last jump of the afternoon, Buyten and the crowd at STAPLES Center went wild. A new Moto X Step Up king had claimed the gold at X Games IX. With the crowd roaring and the victory sealed, Buyten pumped his fist, and was hoisted onto the shoulders of two of his fellow riders.

"My bike was good and in tune so things worked out," said Buyten, a native of Carsen City, Nevada, "The first step was at qualifiers, and I just had to stay consistent." Buyten qualified for X Games IX at the October 2002 WFA Reno Qualifier. Tommy Clowers had won first place at X Games Moto X Step Up for three consecutive years before being dethroned by Matt Buyten at STAPLES Center.

"I went out to win gold, but I got the silver," said Clowers, a native of Ramona, California, "I gave it my all. Thatís just the way it goes."

Ronnie Renner, who tied for third place at X Games VII in 2001, took away the bronze solo this year. Six other competitors were tied at 28í0" behind Renner, who registered a maximum height of 31í0" in six total attempts.

"Iím psyched to have X Games back in California," said Renner, "I live in Long Beach, so I get to bring my boys out." Ronnieís youngest son Racer (9 months old) wore his fatherís medal while in his arms on the podium, his older brother Rider just below him at his fatherís side.

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