Here's a large gallery of photos from the moto events at the Staples Center last Friday and Sunday by Steve Cox.
For Friday and Sunday's moto events, they moved to the Staples Center. Cox Here's the floor layout for Friday night, which featured Best Whip and Best Trick, but the lead-in was Step-Up. Cox Beau Bamburg throwing down in Best Whip. Cox Matt Buyten climbed back to the top of Step-Up. Cox Josh Grant didn't get much credit for his whips. Cox And neither did Josh Hansen. Cox Takayuki Higashino threw down this double-grab flip in Best Trick, but it only landed him third place. Cox Robbie Maddison started his silver-medal body varial like this... Cox ...and ended it with a side-saddle landing. To see the whole trick... Cox ...look at it here. This was only good for second. Cox Ox Kargola had the height in Step-Up, but kept crashing on the landings. Cox Jarryd McNeil killed it in Best Whip, but he finished second in his first trip to X. Cox Todd Potter repeated as the winner in Best Whip. Cox Potter did pretty well in Step-Up, too, but didn't make it to the top of that heap. Cox Ronnie Renner had the height, too, but kept catching his front wheel on the bar in Step-Up. Renner was second. Cox Earlier in the contest, Renner was clearing the bar by a lot. Cox Paris Rosen again attempted the front flip, but this time it was more like a really, really bad endo. Cox Levi Sherwood threw this down in Best Trick. Cox Another Sherwood trick. Cox Cameron Sinclair won the Best Trick contest with this double backflip. Cox Here's a more busy sequence of it. Cox What do Jason Lawrence and Mike Metzger have in common? Cox Another view of Staples during X. Cox Here's a pieced-together panorama of the X Games area by Staples. Cox And another in the other direction. Cox Sunday's floor layout was put together specifically for Speed & Style. Cox Myles Richmond's massive whips (he's moving right to left in this sequence of photos, which are ordered left to right) were very popular at Speed & Style, but he didn't make the main show. Cox Travis Pastrana was the man to beat in Speed & Style from the start. Here, he leads Mike Metzger. Cox Early in their match race, Metzger pressures Pastrana. Cox After winning the gold over Nate Adams (right), Pastrana (left) and Adams took flight for synchronized nac-nac backflips. Cox Adams grabbed the silver. Cox Metzger was popular. Cox Kevin Johnson, the 2008 gold medalist in Speed & Style, was eliminated early, but beyond this Cliff Hanger, he also had the backflip in his bag this year. Cox Nate Adams leads Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg in their qualifier. Cox The bronze-medal race was one of the best of the night, with Ronnie Faisst leading Jeremy Stenberg until... Cox ...Stenberg fell. He was slow to get up, but he did get up, and only a lap later, Faisst stalled his bike, giving Stenberg the lead back. Cox Stenberg got the bronze. Cox Stenberg points at the X Games logo in the ceiling. Cox The first race for Stenberg pitted him against Mulisha buddy Brian Deegan (outside). Stenberg won. Cox Ronnie Renner didn't make the final field in Speed & Style either, but his tricks were massive - just not flips. Cox Adams throws a 360 for fun. Cox