Aspen, Colo. – Three times Jeremy Stenberg has come to the Winter X Games Moto X Best Trick competition, and three times he’s come away empty handed. Until now.
In the first of two rounds Stenberg (Winchester, Calif.) sent a message to the field, landing a no-handed backflip with a side saddle lander for a score of 93.00. It was good enough to lead the field of five riders after the first round, and it held up to the end.
“I’m dedicated to winning and have been practicing my butt off,” Stenberg said. “I’ve been working on that trick for a month or two, and it all just came together.”
Following Stenberg in the first round of jumps, top qualifier Mat Rebeaud (Payerne, Switzerland) kicked off his first Winter X Games with a Saran Wrap backflip to a one handed lander, but his score of 92.40 was only good enough for second. On his last attempt, Rebeaud scored a 91.40, but had to settle for silver. Still, it was a successful Winter X Games debut.
“After you ride for a while, you get warm so it’s all good. I’m from Switzerland, so it’s nice coming to the snow,” Rebeaud said.
Ronnie Faisst (Mays Landing, N.J.) won his first Winter X Games medal in his second appearance, continuing the backflip party with a one handed backflip to a side saddle lander, good enough for a 90.60 and a score that would hold up for bronze.