Four Days of Competition Concluded at Portland’s Rose Quarter
Portland, Ore. – August 20, 2006 – Travis Pastrana won the Freestyle Motocross competition and Ryan Nyquist captured the BMX Park title Sunday in the final day of competition at the Dew Action Sports Tour's Vans® Invitational at the Rose Quarter.
Pastrana, 22, of Davidsonville, Md., took first place in freestyle motocross competition by outlasting Nate Adams, 22, Glendale, Ariz. Pastrana scored a Dew Tour record in freestyle motocross, 97.50, on his second run, followed by Adams in second with a 96.17 and Adam Jones, 22, Warrendale, Pa., in third with a 94.33.
“I can’t be more excited, this is a great event. I’m living a fantasy here,” said Pastrana. “I definitely wasn’t expecting to win at this indoor arena because I’m not accustomed to this type of course.”
Pastrana and Adams were tied in the season points standings heading into the Vans® Invitational with 175 points each. With the win, Pastrana earned 100 points and boosted his total to 275. Adams is in second with 250 points and Jim McNeil, 27, of Phoenix, Ariz. sits in third with 139.
Nyquist, 27, of Los Gatos, Calif. took first place in today’s BMX Park competition with a score of 90.25. His winning run was highlighted by a double truck driver. Scotty Cranmer, 19, of Jackson N.J. placed second with a score of 89.00 and Daniel Dhers, 21, of Caracas, VEN finished third with a score of 88.75.
“Each day has been about regaining confidence,” said Nyquist of his recent torn ACL injury. “The last two stops have been good to me. This win was way better than I ever expected.”
Nyquist, who won the BMX Dirt competition last month at the Tour’s Denver stop, now sits in second place with 209 points in the BMX Park season standings. Dhers sits in first with 226 points and Cranmer in third with 197.
BMX Park Final Results - 1. Ryan Nyquist, Los Gatos, Calif., 90.25. 2. Scotty Cranmer, Jackson, N.J., 89.00. 3. Daniel Dhers, Caracas, VEN, 88.75. 4. Steven McCann, Melbourne, AUS, 88.25. 5. Diogo Canina, Amparo, BRA, 87.75. 6. Gary Young, San Diego, Calif., 87.00. 7. Josh Harrington, Greenville, N.C., 86.25. 8. Morgan Wade, Tyler, TX, 85.75. 9. Alistair Whitton, Chester, GBR, 85.50. 10. Austin Coleman, Los Angeles, Calif., 85.50. 11. Rob Darden, Greenville, N.C.,85.00. 12. Garrett Reynolds, Toms River, N.J., 84.25
FMX Final Results - 1. Travis Pastrana, Davidsonville, Md., 97.50. 2. Nate Adams, Glendale, Ariz., 96.17. 3. Adam Jones, Warrendale, Pa., 94.33. 4. Jeremy Lusk, San Diego, Calif., 93.50. 5. Beau Bamburg, Gresham, Ore., 93.50. 6. Jim McNeil, Phoenix, Ariz., 93.33. 7. Mike Mason, Minden, Nev., 93.00. 8. Robbie Maddison, Kiama, AUS, 90.67. 9. Drake McElroy, Fernley, Nev., 90.10. 10. Brian Foster, Carson City, Nev., 88.33. 11. Myles Richmond, Cherry Valley, Calif., 88.00. 12. Derek Burlew, Cliffwood Beach, N.J., 86.67
Sandro Dias won the Skateboard Vert competition on Saturday. This victory marked Dias’ first on the Dew Action Sports Tour. Dias, 31, from Santo Andre, BRA, scored a 90.75 on his second run to win the title, securing his win by performing a nose-grab 540 tailwhip. Bucky Lasek, 33, of Baltimore, Md. took second place with a score of 89.25 while Jean Postec, 21, Annecy, FRA came in third with a score of 85.25. Lasek, the 2005 Dew Cup winner in Skateboard Vert, continues to lead the season standings with 213 points.
Ryan Sheckler, 16, of San Clemente, Calif. took first place on Saturday in the Skateboard Park competition. Sheckler, the 2005 Dew Cup winner, earned a score of 90.17 with a run highlighted by a backside flip over the table during the second jam session. In second place was Jereme Rogers, 19, of Boston, Mass. with a score of 89.50. Greg Lutzka, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisc. placed third with a score of 87.17. Sheckler reclaimed first place in the season standing with his win. He now has 255 points, Rogers sits in second with 238 and Nyjah Huston, 11 of Davis, Calif., is in third with 205.
Jamie Bestwick, 35, of Nottingham, GBR, earned his second consecutive win in BMX Vert finals on Friday. His winning run earned him a score of 94.25 with a no-handed barspin 540, finishing with three consecutive flair variations to seal the win. Gilroy, Calif. native Chad Kagy, 27, took second with a score of 92.25 with a run that included a double tailwhip 540 barrel roll, a first in BMX Vert competition. Kevin Robinson, 34, of East Providence, R.I., came in third with a 91.00. Bestwick sits in first place in BMX Vert with a total of 275 points.
With his win on Friday at the Vans® Invitational in BMX Dirt, Cam White, 22, of Canberra, AUS, earned his first-ever victory at a professional event on U.S. soil with a score of 93.75. White’s winning run was highlighted by a triple tail whip off the first jump. Luke Parslow, 21, of Riverside, Calif. took second in BMX Dirt with a final score of 92.50. 20-year-old Anthony Napolitan of Youngstown, OH finished third with 91.75. After three events, Napolitan is still in the season lead with 238 total points.
Michael Casanova, 21, of Breckenridge, Co., took first place in Thursday’s Snowboard Rail Jam using several switch tricks including a double rotation off the rail. Towards the end of the competition, Jonas Michilot, 18, of Bloomington, Minnesota, began to step things up with a 50-50 backside 360, but it wasn't enough to take first from Casanova.
The Rose Quarter also hosted the finals of the Dew Action Sports Tour’s official amateur series, the Free Flow Tour, in BMX Park and Skateboard Park. On Thursday, David Loy, 14, of Orange, Calif. won the Skateboard Park Finals. On Friday, Eighteen-year-old Mike Spinner of Miami, Fla. won BMX Park Finals and made history by pulling a tailwhip 720, a trick never before landed in competition, by an amateur or a pro. Spinner and Loy win the wildcard spots in their respective disciplines and will travel to Orlando in October to compete against the pros at the PlayStation® Pro – the last stop on the Dew Action Sports Tour.
Portland’s Rose Quarter hosted the Dew Action Sports Tour’s Vans® Invitational August 17-20. Check www.dewactionsportstour.com for ticket information, schedules, points leaders, video and up-to-the-minute information. The next stop of the Tour is the Toyota Challenge in San Jose, Calif., September 7-10 at the HP Pavilion.
NBC aired the Vans® Invitational on August 19 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. EDT and August 20 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. EDT. USA Network’s telecasts were from Midnight-1:00 a.m. on August 18 and 19. FUEL TV provides pre- and post-event coverage of the Dew Action Sports Tour through upcoming stop previews and 30-minute wrap-ups. Check www.fuel.tv for complete listings.
The complete Dew Action Sports Tour schedule, events and locations are as follows:
DATE EVENT LOCATION
June 22-25 Panasonic Open Louisville, Ky. -Kentucky Expo Center
July 13-16 Right Guard Open Denver, Co. - Pepsi Center
Aug. 17-20 Vans® Invitational Portland, Ore. - Rose Quarter
Sept. 7-10 Toyota Challenge San Jose, Calif. - HP Pavilion
Oct. 12-15 PlayStation® Pro Orlando, Fla. - TD Waterhouse Centre