In practice on Saturday I felt good and qualified second overall. After watching speed and style practice later that day with my riding coach Sean Hamblin, we talked about a few things I could do differently during the race to help ensure that I could and would get out front early.
In the first heat/qualifying race I got a great jump off the gate and pulled the holeshot. I stayed focused on riding solid laps, using good lines and charging through the whoop section. I was able to take the win wire to wire to get the first gate pick for the main.
In the main event, I got a great jump out of the gate and pulled the holeshot. I pushed hard to gain a lead so that if I made any small mistakes, I wouldn’t have to worry about any of the other girls coming up from behind to take the lead. I rode my race that Sean and I had talked about and rode well to take the win wire to wire again and secure the gold medal.
This back to back gold medal defense at X-Games was not easy! If It wasn’t for my great sponsors, my riding coach Sean Hamblin, my trainer Tyler Kalisiak, my mechanic Andrew Bauer, and my pressure training partner Ronnie Faisst, this would have been way harder for me to obtain gold again. All of my sponsors played just as huge of a part as the four guys mentioned above and I want to say thanks to all of them all again.
Vicky Golden is proudly sponsored by: Poynt.com phone app, Rick Ware Racing (RWR), Mandingo Pickles, Truth Soul Armour, The Seth Foundation, Moto USA, Works Connection, Spy Optics, Dubach Racing, O’Neal, We Are Gloves, Alpinestars, Kawasaki, Asterisk Knee Braces, SDG Seats, Maxima, Wiseco Pistons, Dunlop, Vortex, RK Chains, Excel Wheels, Pro Taper, Split Designs, Catz Motorsports/Ross “Kiwi” Miles, Shoei, K&N, DVS, Hinson, Light Speed, Applied, Factory Connection, Rockwell Training Facility, Go Pro, Moto Tassinari, Mom, Uncle Dave, and Steve Howe.