There was literally thunder Down Under this weekend at the first-ever X Games Sydney. Inclement weather loomed over the outdoor event, cancelling out Friday’s highly anticipated Moto X Step Up event and creating challenging conditions for organizers and crew at Spotless Stadium.
But on Saturday the sun shone on the first X Games on the Australian continent, just in time for the Monster Energy team to claim podium spots in every single finals event of day two: silver and bronze in BMX Dirt, silver in Moto X Freestyle, and bronze in Skateboard Big Air was the count with one last day to go in Sydney.
Saturday’s action kicked off with the BMX Dirt final, a crowd favorite marked by a heavy contingent of top Australian talent. Straight out the gate, hometown hero and Monster Energy rider Kyle Baldock put down a technical routine featuring an ultra-difficult Cash Roll aerial on his first run. The Gold Coast native walked away with a strong silver finish, his tenth X Games medal (6 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze). Baldock was joined on the BMX Dirt podium by Monster Energy teammate and Minneapolis native Colton Walker, who snapped up the bronze medal on his second run.