After a successful three-year-run in Austin, Texas, X Games Minneapolis kicked off with a roar as the Flat Track riders took to the course outside of the famous Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Though severe weather moved through the state yesterday, conditions were idyllic as racers suited up to pleasant temperatures and partly cloudy skies as the evening competition got underway.
Having just secured the point lead on the AMA Circuit last week at the Rolling Wheels Half-Mile, Mees came into the race fired up stating at the pre-event press conference that the X Games are always the “highlight” of his season. Baker meanwhile, took advantage of his third X Games invite to capitalize on the opportunity.
Out of the gate it was Mees, per usual, who secured the hole shot maintaining it for the first four laps before spinning his tires, loosing his line and giving up the lead to rival Sammy Halbert.