“It’s so crazy to win! You can’t even imagine it; you just hypothetically think how cool that would be. And then it actually happens.” Lewis Mills
CHIBA, Japan (PRWEB)
April 23, 2022
A huge day at the X Games in Japan is in the books! Monster Energy congratulates its team of BMX, Moto X and Skateboard athletes for their strong performance on Day 2 of X Games Chiba 2022.
In the passionate BMX Street finale, the 23-year-old Australian team rider Lewis Mills clinched the gold medal, bringing Team Monster Energy’s medal tally at the X Games on Saturday to five medals (1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze). By the end of day two of X Games Chiba 2022, the team had won a total of 7 medals across three disciplines in the inaugural action sports showcase held in Japan.
Supported by Monster Energy as the Official Energy Drink Partner, X Games Chiba 2022 is the 64th edition of the X Games. For three action-packed days, the ZOZO Marine Stadium on Tokyo Bay is at the center of the action sports world with a capacity of 30,000 spectators.
More than 90 athletes from 18 countries compete for a total of 30 medals awarded in 10 competitions in three sports. Top-notch sports performances are complemented by a cultural festival experience, art installations and musical performances by Japanese rock bands like Man with a Mission, which also provided the official theme song for X Games Chiba 2022.
Here’s how the action unfolded for Team Monster Energy on day one of X Games Chiba 2022:
BMX Street: Monster Energy’s Lewis Mills Takes Dramatic Victory
Under the spotlight at ZOZO Marine Stadium, the Japanese crowd was treated to the world’s most progressive street riding in the BMX Street Finals on Saturday night. The eight finalists came from Australia, Great Britain, Nigeria and the United States.
The progressive street course, designed in the style of origami artwork to celebrate the host country, provided a wide selection of rails, embankments, kickers and sets of stairs. As the final session began, the runner to beat was reigning gold medalist Garrett Reynolds of the United States with a total of 14 X Games gold medals under his belt.
Monster Energy Lewis Mills from Terrey Hills, Australia came as a wildcard and they are the youngest riders in the peloton. The 23-year-old has become a podium threat on the international circuit but has only won one X Games medal in four appearances, silver in BMX Street at Sydney 2018.
That was about to change. During the 30-minute jam session, Mills opened his run with a technical barbell to double manual pegs to hook the toothpick. He then refined a tailwhip above the hip, a bar spin on the quarter pipe extension, truck driver air through the origami swan kicker, a double peg on the big rail up at the hardway 360 exit, a peg grind bar spin and a twisted 180 grind.
But with the Scottish team rider Alex Donnachie of Perthshire taking first place, Mills needed to raise the bar. On his next run, Mills packed technical tricks, including overcrook to bar spin, and a combo including twisted grind to barspin to manual to crooked grind 180 out. Adding another technical manual at 180 before the buzzer, Mills secured the lead that would hold until the end of the session for his first X Games gold medal.
“It’s so crazy to win! You can’t even imagine it; you just hypothetically think how cool that would be. And then it actually happens,” Monster Energy’s Mills said after winning BMX Street gold in Chiba. “My strategy was to get my race. I had a run…I just wasn’t sure I was going to land it. That’s it!”
Mills won his first X Games medal as a rookie in 2018 at the X Games Sydney and now holds two medals from the event (1 gold, 1 silver).
BMX Park: Monster Energy’s Justin Dowell Wins Silver, Kevin Peraza Takes Bronze
Team Monster Energy’s medal chase continued at the BMX Park Finals. Eight athletes tackled the concrete bowl course in a 30-minute jam session, each performing 45-second runs for a high score. Filled with wall rides, vertical turns and extensions, the course offered plenty of opportunities to get creative and technical.
The runner to beat was the defending gold medalist Kevin Peraza of Tucson, Arizona. The 27-year-old started his run with a massive inverted 360 over the centerpiece jump, straight into a downside 360 tailwhip and a flair on the quarter pipe. The three-time gold medalist then tossed a massive indian air on the hip, tiregrab can, no-hander alley-oop, superman seat hold, pocket transfer air, tailwhip pocket air and a G-turn 360 on the hip. In the end, Peraza walked away with the bronze medal in a strong showing at X Games Chiba 2022.
The biggest upset of the Finals came from the X Games rookie and Monster Energy team rider Justin Dowell. In a showcase of consistency and technical finesse, the 22-year-old from Virginia Beach moved all the way up to second place. Highlights included Dowell’s signature “Twix” tune, a tailwhip barspin at the same time, followed by a lookback, a tailwhip truck driver, a 540 tuck no-hander and a double tailwhip . He also landed 540 tailwhip on the big quarter and a look back on technical flair for a solid second place behind Australian Logan Martin in first.
Saturday’s silver marks the first X Games podium for Dowell. In 2018, the young pro turned heads by winning the 2018 UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu, China.
Women’s Skateboard Park: Japanese rider Mami Tezuka wins bronze medal at home
Earlier Saturday, eight of the world’s best female vertical skaters battled it out for medals in the final at Women’s Skateboard Park. The finalists came from just three countries, namely Brazil, Japan and the United States.
Monster Energy Athlete Granny Tezuka from Hikone Shiga was part of a strong Japanese contingent, including four riders from the host country in the final. As the jam session got underway, the 20-year-old showcased her varied bag of tricks, high-speed approach and penchant for creative transfers.
After struggling on his first run, Tezuka found his perfect line through the park, including the frontside Smith grind into the deep end, the frontside air transferring hip, the frontside tailslide transfer up the extension , the Indy air, the inversion on the extension and the low frontside grinding through the corner.
She also upped the difficulty by using Smith on the back to grind the deep end and get away from the frontside 50-50 truck bash on the extension. In the end, the judges awarded Tezuka the bronze medal as part of an all-Japanese podium with Cocona Hiraki in second and Sakura Yosozumi in first place.
Saturday’s bronze medal marks Tezuka’s second X Games medal after taking silver at the Women’s Skateboard Park at the 2021 X Games. final of the 2019 Vans Park Series World Championships.
Best Moto X Whip: Julien Vanstippen leaves with the bronze medal
For the only motorized event of the weekend, the high-energy crowd inside ZOZO Marine Stadium witnessed the Moto X Best Whip Finals. In an eight-minute jam session judged on overall impression, six athletes attempted the most twisted “Whip” aerobatics – throwing their bikes sideways through the air – over the massive super kicker jump.
The field included certified legends of the sport such as a nine-time X Games medalist Axel Hodges from Encinitas, California, and Japanese ripper Genki Watanabe. Also, the reigning gold medalist, the American Tom Parsons, who took the victory in the discipline at the X Games 2021.
As the peloton of runners began to throw their most massive whips into the gap, a new face took center stage: the X Games rookie and Monster Energy team runner. Julien Vanstippen from Ophain, Belgium. After starting his career as a motocross racer, the 26-year-old found his calling in freestyle motocross and came to X Games Chiba ready to send it off with the best of the best.
After the dust settled, the judges awarded Vanstippen the bronze medal in Moto X Best Whip for a show of style and airtime. With his flip-up style deformed whips, traveling through the air facing fully backwards, Vanstippen soared all the way to the podium in his X Games debut. He even held the lead for several races, only to be passed by Parsons and Tyler Bereman on the final attempts. Still, what a way to make an entrance!
Stay tuned for more on the third and final day of X Games Chiba 2022! On Sunday the show ends with the Men’s Skateboard Park as well as the Men’s and Women’s Skateboard Street. Really saving the best for last!
X Games fans in the United States can watch live competition coverage of the inaugural X Games Chiba event from April 22-24 on the ESPN app and X Games YouTube. Additionally, two hours of recap coverage of the event will air on ABC as part of the World of X Games series on May 14 and 21 from 2-3 p.m. ET.
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