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Jose Torres Earns Spot to X Games Minneapolis 2019

Jun 302019

Monster Energy congratulates team rider Jose Torres from Argentina on claiming third place in the X Games BMX Park Qualifiers at Rhodes Skate Park in Boise, Idaho today. In front of a capacity crowd at the outdoor park and thousands of viewers connected via live stream, the 24-year-old from Cordoba, Argentina punched his very first ticket to compete against the world’s best freestyle BMX riders at X Games Minneapolis 2019 in August.

For the third year in a row, the invite-only Road to X Boise Qualifier event provided BMX freestylists from across the globe with a chance to earn one of six tickets into the summer X Games. More than 10,000 fans attended the two-day spectacle – presented free to the public – this year. Fans experienced BMX and Skateboard Park competitions at the modern concrete park underneath an I-184 Interstate bridge in downtown Boise, supplemented by musical performances, food trucks and a festival village.

Torres came to Rhodes Skate Park looking for his first-ever ticket to compete at X Games. The rising South American BMX star had already sealed the deal with a second-place finish in Boise in 2018, but fractured his wrist on a harsh slam in the finals and was sidelined from competing in Minneapolis.

This year Torres was back in full force and blasted through Friday’s qualifier and Saturday’s semifinal on the strength of massive airs and technical ability. Hitting every corner of the concrete park, Jose packed his final runs in the 18-minute jam session with highlights including huge no-hander pocket air, high-flying 540, double tailwhip the hip, massive flair bar spin, alley-oop no-hander the hip and technical wheelie to bar spin for a third-place finish – and a ticket to X Games Minneapolis 2019. He also stoked the crowd with downside tailwhip switch and backflip over the hip in his semifinals run.


Also making the cut into X Games Minneapolis 2019, Torres’ Monster Energy teammate Kevin Peraza looked like a strong contender for a podium spot, but had to settle for fourth place after hurting his ankle on the park’s pool coping in the final. Despite the injury, the 24-year-old from Tucson, Arizona stacked his final run with bangers such as huge backside toboggan transfer into the hump, tire grab can-can, superman seat grab Indian over the hip, double tailwhip, no-hander pocket air, and technical downside whip. Peraza won X Games gold in BMX Park in 2017 and will be looking for more precious medal in Minneapolis this August.


A third Monster Energy rider battled his way into X Games: Pat Casey emerged from the X Games BMX Park Qualifiers in Boise in sixth place after stoking the crowd with huge one-foot pocket air, double tailwhip the hip, technical downside whip and perfect 180 tailwhip fakie over the hip. The 25-year-old from Placentia, California already claimed bronze in BMX Park Best Trick at X Games Minneapolis 2017, and took silver in BMX Park at X Games Foz do Iguacu 2013. Congratulations again to all three qualifiers on a strong showing in Boise this weekend.


In case you missed today’s live stream from Road to X Games in Boise, you can catch the Boise Park Qualifier coverage on ABC as part of World of X Games on July 13 at 2 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT.  


Also make sure to tune in from August 1 – 4 for X Games Minneapolis 2019 when Jose Torres, Kyle Baldock, Jamie Bestwick, Alex Donnachie, James Foster, Dakota Roche, Kevin Peraza, Colton Walker, Ben Wallace, Pat Casey and the rest of the Monster Energy BMX team will be looking for X Games medals at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.