Monster Energy FMX High Rollers, In Review
Welcome to Vegas
FMX crews from near and far descended on Monster Cup weekend for the first time for the inaugural Monster FMX High Rollers event in Las Vegas earlier this month, a temporary FMX venue adjacent to Sam Boyd Stadium.
Practice day was a chance for the various athletes to catch up since the last time they'd seen each other. Kris Foster, Jackson Strong and Josh Penner share a laugh over stories.
Build a bike
The morning of practice day, riders like Harry Bink were busy with final adjustments on their bikes.
Planes and trains
Wind delayed the start of practice sessions, so riders were hungry to get out on course, with trains of athletes heading over the ramps in the shadow of planes landing at nearby McCarran Airport.
Getting the shot
While riders used practice day to work through their bag of tricks, the camera crews lined up their shots.
On the midday break, Bryce Hudson walked Brandon Graham through the intricacies of an FMX moto setup.
Blake "Bilko" Williams wasted no time in tuning his favorite two-stroke mini, circling the event site between practices with mini wheelies and burnouts to boot.
Late day practice
In the day's second practice session, Levi Sherwood and Harry Bink got in their reps as the winds continued to gust.
An all hands on deck rider meeting closed out the practice day, as sport organizer Eric Peronnard reviewed adjustments to the next days schedule to avoid forecast late day winds and ensure rider safety.
On Saturday morning of the competition, with finals close at hand, riders like Levi Sherwood were adapting planned tricks to suit the windy conditions.
The adjusted start times for finals day had the riders hitting the massive 18-foot quarter pipe to start the day. While Axell Hodges had been boosting some of the largest airs of practice, it was Jarryd McNeil who bounced back from an early hand injury to land the biggest hit of the morning, taking home the win.
With the FMX competition under way, perennial favorite Jackson Strong dug into his bag of tricks overlooking the Vegas valley.
The wind continued to build, so the confidence in challenging conditions and simple clean style of veterans like Adam Jones beat out a heavy field of up and coming talents for podium positions.
Course officials kept a close eye on Levi Sherwood and fellow riders as the dust swirled.
Taka Higashino's use of multiple features of the course and bold riding in challenging conditions reaped the reward of a top podium spot.
Back to the pits for a break before the Best Whip contest, riders gathered with friends and bike maintenance became a family affair for Destin Cantrell's wife and daughter.
With the Best Whip contest going off as originally scheduled in the afternoon, the fans were out in force to celebrate the massive airs.
With Blake "Bilko" Williams out of the competition with a pulled calf muscle, he put himself to work covering the stacked field of friends in Best Whip.
Real Moto live
Real Moto silver medalist Kris Foster put on a whip show for the fans.
Veteran Beau Bamberg put on a show for fans as riders pushed each other in to tweaking bigger and bigger whips.
Destin'd for podium
Destin Cantrell kept working his way through the rounds to a final podium position.
X Games gold medalist Tom Parsons continues to push the boundaries of Best Whip, going higher and more inverted than his fellow competitors to lock up the winning spot.
Always the showman, Jarryd McNeil backed up his early Quarterpipe gold with a Best Whip silver and his signature burnouts to the gathered fans.