The X Games staff announced the X Games 18 Enduro X qualification process and pre-qualified riders a few weeks ago and five more riders have earned invitations.
For both the male and female riders, the top two non-qualified finishers at the opening round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series in Las Vegas on May 4th would earn spots. Those riders are as follows :
- Men’s Enduro X, top two finishing riders that were not already pre-qualified
- Cory Graffunder CAN
- Max Gerston USA
- Women’s Enduro X, top two finishing riders that were not already pre-qualified
- Louise Forsley USA
- Chantelle Bykerk CAN
The X Games competition staff also extends “Wild Card” invites to top racers from around the world and there is perhaps no rider more deserving of this than eighteen year old Steward Baylor. The South Carolina resident won the 2011 Grand National Cross Country series XC 2 Pro class championship and has won five races of the first six races in 2012. On top of that, Baylor has won four out of five rounds thus far in the AMA National Enduro championship against a strong field of pro riders. Based on these results, Baylor has been invited to his first X Games Enduro X.
“The X Games is an amazing opportunity for these top racers to show off their skills in front of a huge live and television audience” stated Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross and X Games Enduro X Sports Organizer. “I especially enjoy seeing the young or relatively unknown riders get introduced to the world”, he continued.
If you want to see the riders that will be mixing it up at X Games 18, you can go to the Staples Center on Sunday, July 1st or catch many of those same riders at any of the other seven GEICO AMA EnduroCross events in 2012.
Round two of GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship will take place on Saturday, June 9th in the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. It will be the first ever visit to Northern California for the series and the last chance for non-qualified riders to earn a coveted X Games invitation.
For more information, go to www.EnduroCross.com.
2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule
|Location||Date||Arena / Additional Information|
|Las Vegas, NV||May 4, 2012||Orleans Arena (Friday during Supercross weekend)|
|Sacramento, CA||June 9, 2012||Power Balance Pavilion|
|Los Angeles, CA||July 1, 2012||Staples Center (X Games Expert Men and Women only)|
|Ontario, CA||September 15, 2012||Citizens Business Bank Arena|
|Denver, CO||October 6, 2012||National Western Complex|
|Everett, WA||October 20, 2012||Comcast Arena|
|Boise, ID||October 27, 2012||Idaho Center|
|Las Vegas, NV||November 17, 2012||Orleans Arena|
EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of extreme off road racing into a Supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole…and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in! Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. For the seven EnduroCross events, be sure to log-on to www.motorsportshour.com for local air dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the Versus network.