While a majority of BMX had their eyes pulled wide open looking at the wonderful mayhem that is Texas Toast, there was another unique event being thrown by Monster in Las Vegas, Nevada. Paying a bit of homage to the Supercross event going on as the mainstay, this completely unique event that combined racing with dirt jumping on a switchable course. Two paths, two riders, two runs, and the lowest combined score counts. Yup, each rider could choose his destiny, going for speed or tricks and the scoring system laid out for the judges would make the call.
Done in a bracket style with 12 riders: round 1, round 2, semi-finals, finals…you only really have to look at the results to appreciate how diverse this event can really be. Looking forward to seeing another one go down like this next year.
1. Kyle Baldock
2. Kris Fox
3. Ryan Guettler
4. Kevin Peraza
5. Mike Varga
6. Pat Casey
7. James Foster
8. Scotty Cranmer
9. Rob Darden
11. Vince Byron
12. Casey Jones
Toyota Best trick: Pat Casey – 360 Decade
“Kyle Baldock Wins ‘Monster Energy Cup BMX Speed & Style’ and Pat Casey bags ‘Toyota BMX Best Trick’
The first ever Monster Energy Cup BMX Speed & Style went down at Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas. In a unique BMX dirt jump style format that saw 12 select BMX riders race in brackets head to head elimination rounds, where combined overall speed times and trick time deductions determined final outcome of each round. Kyle Baldock had to battle through his Monster Energy teammates Vince Byron in round 1, Pat Casey in round 2, Kevin Peraza in Semi Finals before facing off against Kris Fox. This was a great mixed match up with Baldock having an arsenal of big tricks and Fox having the pure speed advantage. The finals went down to the wire in one of the closest speed battles of the day, but in the end, Baldock threw down more tricks for style to take the win!
Baldock said, "This was one of the best contest I've ever done and look forward to the next one- the most unique trophy I've ever seen in any contest I've been in". The Toyota Best Trick took place following the Speed and Style Finals giving the riders a 10-minute jam session to throw their best trick over the designated Toyota jump. In the end it was Pat Casey taking the win with time running out throwing a boosted decade-three landing super clean. This was enough to edge out Mike Vargas 1080, Kyle Baldocks backflip-tailwhip-barspin and James Fosters double backflip. Pat Casey said, ‘I didn't plan on doing the best trick, but happy I went back up on the platform to do what I could and take the win. It was a great event and the riding was on another level today. Can't wait to do another one of these events'”