As always, the BMX dirt competition series takes place during select Monster Energy Supercross events. The 2022 Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge will continue in Arlington, Texas (February 26) before heading to Denver, Colorado for the final event (April 30).
Kicking off the season, the Anaheim event welcomed riders with a massive course set up outside Angel Stadium. Riders dropped in from a 30-foot roll-in ramp to hit two massive dirt jumps at 9-feet in height, over 25-foot gaps, and ended with an 8-foot quarter pipe.
In the weekend’s highlight event, riders took turns throwing down their most creative moves over the tall jump. No stranger to getting creative under competitive pressure, Andy Buckworth dropped into the session with accolades like an X Games gold medal in Best Trick under his belt.
Cheered on by the high-energy crowd, Buckworth put down a mind-boggling trick that combined two insane moves into a double backflip variation: A turndown-to-no-hander double backflip! As the spectators collectively lost their minds, the judges had no choice but hand Buckworth the trophy for this face-melter of a combo!
“I could have only dreamed of this trick a year ago I’m so stoked to get this done on dirt and stoked to take home Best Trick at the Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge,” said Monster Energy’s Buckworth upon his Best Trick victory in Anaheim.
What’s more, Buckworth also clinched a podium spot in the ‘regular’ BMX Dirt competition. On Finals Day, the Australian ripper took on seven of the best riders on the circuit in one of the most epic finals in BMX Triple Challenge history.
In his first run of the final session, Buckworth stomped a perfect double backflip no-hander on the first hit, right into a perfect superman front flip on the second jump. As the competitive level went through the roof, Buckworth upped the ante in his second run by adding a frontflip Indy on jump number two. When all was said and done, the Australian took second place closely behind Brian Fox in first place and ahead of Daniel Sandoval in third.
Saturday’s double podium finish starts Buckworth’s 2022 BMX contest season on a high note.