Monster Energy sends congratulations to Jackson Strong for his efforts in the Moto X Best Tick Finals at the inaugural X Games Minneapolis. Narrowly missing the top spot, the wild man from Australia gave the crowd their money’s worth with a stellar silver medal showing.
Inside the new venue of X Games, the US Bank Stadium hosted the worlds top riders who gathered to show off their latest stunts in the ever progressing sport of Freestyle Moto X. Tonight’s competition, Best Trick, was a go-for-broke display of both skill and daring, a combo that proved mind blowing at the very least. With riders given two shots at glory, judges award points based on the overall difficulty of the trick as well as execution.
Up against fellow Monster Energy athletes Josh Sheehan, Taka Higashino and Harry Bink, as well as high-level threats Clinton Moore and Levi Sherwood, “Jacko” had his work cut out for him as finals got underway.
Like everything he does, Strong took a different approach, opting out of the straight jumps the rest of the guys were hitting, and instead lining up for the near vertical ramp adjacent to the landing zone. Riding with a broken wrist, it came as a shock that he was setting up for a trick he attempted last year in Austin but was unable to ride away from due to the violent impact of his landing.