On Saturday, BMX podium spots continued as Monster Energy’s Kyle Baldock put down a technical BMX Dirt routine featuring an ultra-difficult Cash Roll aerial for a strong silver finish; the tenth X Games medal (6 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze) for the Gold Coast native. Joining him on the podium was Monster teammate Colton Walker from Minneapolis, who snapped up the bronze medal on his second run.
The second day of X Games Sydney also finally brought Australian fans the motocross action they had been waiting for in this hotbed of the sport. Cheered on by the high-energy crowd, Australian motocross icon Josh Sheehan earned a strong silver Moto X Freestyle finish – his seventh X Games medal – by putting down a high-tech routine crowned by a no-handed double backflip.
Closing out an eventful day, 18-year-old rookie pro Trey Wood faced the world Skateboard Big Air elite and secured bronze by landing a mute 720 over the 70-foot gap followed by a massive backside varial 540 on the quarterpipe. This marks Trey’s second consecutive bronze medal in the event after placing third at X Games Minneapolis in July. As a bummer for fans, a thunderstorm cancelled out the night’s Moto X Doubles event.
The final day at X Games Sydney 2018 kicked off at noon with the highly competitive BMX Big Air competition. Defending gold medalist and Monster Energy team rider James Foster, who won BMX Big Air at X Games Minneapolis in 2017 and 2018, sent a massive backflip triple tail whip over the 70-foot gap into a quad flip on the 28-foot quarterpipe for 90.33 points and a strong silver finish.
In the Moto X Best Whip event, California’s Axell Hodges proved his style and versatility when it comes to fully contorted aerials by claiming his second consecutive Best Whip bronze as the only American in an otherwise all-Australian final. The hometown crowd was on its feet as defending champion Jarryd McNeil from Yarrawonga set a new record: Taking the gold medal with massive one-footed seat bounce Whips, the 27-year-old became the most-winning Australian athlete in X Games history with seven gold medals under his belt.
In the highly contested Moto X Best Trick final, Australian motocross icon Josh Sheehan battled the world FMX elite and challenging course conditions to claim his second medal at X Games Sydney: Landing a perfectly executed no-handed double backflip earned the 32-year-old who competed in every Moto X event at this weekend’s X Games a strong 90.66 point score and bronze medal finish. Due to unstable course conditions from rain, the anticipated Moto X QuarterPipe High Air event had to be cancelled.
Overall, the Monster Energy motocross team put on a stellar performance despite the fact that three of the six events were cancelled due to inclement weather. The team claimed podium spots in every Moto X event with a total of one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Jarryd McNeil now holds 12 X Games medals, while Axell Hodges boosted his count to five medals in what is only his third year at X Games.