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Super Moto X will be Introduced in 2004
at the Los Angeles X Games
X GAMES WELCOMES SUPERMOTO X TO LINEUP
An exciting new Moto X sport that
fuses multiple disciplines of
motorcycle racing will debut at
the 10th annual Summer X Games in Los Angeles. McGrath, Metzger,
Pastrana and Reed are among the all-star pro athletes
who are expected to participate
ESPN X Games, the premier action sports
competition in the world, announced on April 5, 2004 the addition of
SuperMoto X to its lineup. X Games X will take place
August 5-8 in Los Angeles for the second consecutive year.
For the first time ever, complete X Games daily live coverage
will be featured on ESPN and ABC Sports.
SuperMoto X is a fusion of supercross, dirt track racing,
freestyle motocross and road racing. It uses four-stroke
motocross bikes on a purpose-built track that is approximately
60 percent asphalt for speed racing and 40 percent dirt with
turns, rollers and hits. This mix of racing formats entices
racers from all backgrounds. As a result, SuperMoto X is
expected to include legendary athletes from different
motorcycle competition disciplines such as Jeremy McGrath
(Supercross), Mike Metzger (Freestyle), Travis Pastrana
(Freestyle and Supercross) and Chad Reed (Supercross).
The new SuperMoto X competition joins the returning Moto
X disciplines of Best Trick, which was added in 2001,
Freestyle (added in 1999) and Step Up (added in 2000).
The complete listing of athletes participating in X Games X,
the venues and the competition schedule will be announced at
a later date.
SuperMoto X at X Games X will feature the 20 top racers going
head-to-head in a race to the finish. A timed trial for
starting positions will be held the day prior to competition.
Racers will line up alongside each other in the start and
the first racer to complete 20-25 laps wins the gold medal.
The sport organizer for this event is SuperMoto X LLC,
a collaborative effort between MXi, Inc. - X Gamesí current
Moto X sport organizer - and MetzMoto, Inc., led by Freestyle
Gavin Trippe, a former U.K. racing journalist - turned
American-based motorcycle racing promoter - created the
sport of Supermoto in 1979. ABCís Wide World of Sports
embraced the standalone event, called "The Superbikers,"
and the event aired on the network annually from 1980-1985.
In 2003 the sport was revived in the U.S. as "Supermoto"
and an AMA Red Bull Supermoto Series. Ironically, SuperMoto X
will be aired live in its entirety back on the first place to
broadcast it - ABCís Wide World of Sports.
"It definitely doesnít come as a big surprise to me that
they are adding the most extreme form of motorcycle racing
to the X Games," said Metzger. "Iím absolutely positive that
this will put SuperMoto in the international spotlight. X Games
fans will be seeing some incredible handlebar-to-handlebar
racing action with the top riders from many different types
of motorcycle racing going for X Games Gold."
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