Sal Masekela to Host with analysts Pastrana, Carmichael, McGrath & Other Top Competitors
ESPN will kick off its inaugural Moto X World Championships Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m. ET with X Games host Sal Masekela leading an unprecedented line up of athlete analysts, including Travis Pastrana, Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, Doug Henry and Brian Deegan.
ESPN and ESPN2 will air eight hours of live coverage of the Moto X World Championships April 12 and 13 – all available in high definition on ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD. Extensive additional coverage will be provided via ESPN360.com and EXPN.com. The new annual event will feature the best Moto X riders in the world competing for the title of Moto X World Champion in a variety of disciplines, including Freestyle, SuperMoto, Speed & Style, Best Trick, Step Up and Moto X Racing. “The fact that ESPN has dedicated eight hours of live programming to the Moto X World Championships is a testament to the power of action sports in the 21st century,” said Sal Masekela, ESPN host. “Freestyle motocross continues to explode and deserves a knock-down drag-out weekend showcasing its biggest stars and as a San Diego native I'm so stoked to be coming home to what is sure to be the best crowds in the universe.”
Selema (Sal) Masekela worked his first X Games event in January 1999 as a snowboarding reporter during coverage of Winter X Games Three. Since then, he has worked every Winter X Games and X Gamesin a variety of capacities, including skateboarding and snowboarding host and X Games reporter. In 2001 at X Games Seven in Philadelphia, Masekela expanded his responsibilities to host ESPN and ESPN2’s overall coverage. Five months later (January 2002), Winter X Games Six from Aspen, Colo., marked the first time Masekela hosted the winter version of the premier action sports event. Currently, he is a co-host on E! Network’s The Daily Ten.
The line up of Pastrana, McGrath, Carmichael, Henry and Deegan brings together legends in the sport of motocross as well as a combined X Games medal count of 29 – fourteen of which are gold. In addition to announcing, Ricky Carmichael and Brian Deegan will be competing in Step Up and Travis Pastrana will race in both the Speed & Style and Racing competitions. Other commentators and reporters will include ESPN’s Todd Harris, Cameron Steele, Tes Sewell and Kimberly Pressler.
ESPN’s Navy Moto X World Championships Schedule:
SATURDAY, APRIL 12
Best Trick Final
3-5 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN HD
Step Up Final Part I
Speed & Style Final
5-7 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN2 HD
SUNDAY, APRIL 13
Freestyle Elimination Round
StepUp Final Part II
4-6 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN HD
Moto X Racing
6-8 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN2 HD
Information on all X Games events, including updated athletes lists, can be found at www.expn.com