The FMX Team Energy Cup ended its weekend run at Harrah’s Rincon outside of San Diego this afternoon. The one-of-a-kind team event culminated with Team SoCal beating out Team Nevada 7-3.
The two teams, SoCal (Jeff Kargola, Cameron Sinclair, Blake Williams and Rob Adelberg) and Nevada (Matt Buyten, Mike Mason, Drake McElroy, Brian Foster) competed in head-to-head individual brackets and points were awarded to the winner of each round. Yesterday’s seeding round determined those brackets. So while Mike Mason’s score of a 93.00 was the highest individual score of the day — and brought Nevada back from the dead — SoCal’s individual victories put them way over the top.
High winds in the hills outside of San Diego put a damper on some of the big tricks and flip variations we’d normally see, and made for a few “hold onto your seat moments” but somehow the guys still managed to pull some serious tricks out of their bags. FMX is one of the higher risk action sports to begin with, but throw in some unpredictable wind gusts, and the adrenaline brought on by the fans, and you could potentially have some danger on your hands. The day started with the intention of two rounds, but the growing wind speeds cut the event short after the first round, and those scores determined the winning team. Since some great riding had already gone down, there was no sense risking a second run… Team SoCal had essentially sealed the deal as it stood.
The team event was a new concept, but after a successful weekend it’s likely we’ll see the format again in the future. At this point the only thing on the minds of everyone who showed up was getting in the resort pool as quick as possible… it’s darn hot out here at Harrah’s Rincon.
Next week the Action Sports World Tour moves to Minneapolis. You can catch all the updates from the event at ActionSportsTour.com or at BFD.com on Saturday.
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The weekend festivities of the FMX Team Energy Cup kicked off last night, but one thing was missing: The noise of motorcycle engines. Instead, the festivities got underway with a packed performance from world renowned DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold. The FMX got to relax in the pool for the evening and listen to some music at Harrah’s Rincon resort. Not a bad life.
Saturday afternoon things heated up though. And by heated up I mean the temperature had climbed considerably, but that didn’t stop the two teams (Team SoCal and Team Nevada) who showed up to battle it out on the FMX Team Energy Cup course. The format of this event is very different from traditional FMX competitions. Two teams are competing against each other, however the team points are earned based on the performances from individual riders. Today was the “seeding round” for tomorrow’s final, as well as a separate Best Trick and Best Whip competition.
Team Nevada consisted of heavy hitters Mike Mason, Drake McElroy, Brian Foster and Matt Buyten, but all those competition medals combined weren’t enough to overtake Team SoCal which was comprised of Jeff “Ox” Kargola, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Cameron Sinclair, and Rob Adelberg. SoCal killed it across the board with some incredible flip variations and overall consistency. Four Points were awarded to Team SoCal based on today’s seeding round, and those points carry into tomorrow’s final round to see who wins the FMX Team Energy Cup.
The Best Trick and Best Whip contests which followed the team portion also went to Team SoCal. The whip of Jeff “Ox” Kargola and the flip variations of Cameron Sinclair just couldn’t be matched. Best Whip and Best Trick went to those guys respectively and completed the SoCal sweep.
Tonight the riders have headed back to the pool to cool off before tomorrow’s round of team competition. Be sure to check back here tomorrow for the latest on which team takes the FMX Team Energy Cup!
The Finals get underway on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with two rounds of competition. The match-ups are as follows:
Matt Buyten (Nevada) vs. Blake Williams (SoCal)
Brian Foster (Nevada) vs. Cameron Sinclair (SoCal)
Mike Mason (Nevada) vs. Rob Adelberg (SoCal)
Drake McElroy (Nevada) vs. Jeff Kargola (SoCal)
Matt Buyten (Nevada) vs. Rob Adelberg (SoCal)
Drake McElroy (Nevada) vs. Cameron Sinclair (SoCal)
Mike Mason (Nevada) vs. Blake Williams (SoCal)
Brian Foster (Nevada) vs. Jeff Kargola (SoCal)
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LOS ANGELES – The FMX Team Energy Cup debuts at Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort on April 17-19, bringing Southern California its first ever Freestyle Motocross (FMX) team competition. Team Nevada – Adam Jones, Mike Mason, Brian Foster, and Matt Buyten – will challenge Team SoCal – Jeff “Ox” Kargola, Blake Williams, Rob Adelberg, and Cameron Sinclair – in three contests, Best Trick, Best Whip and Best Run, for the title of Best FMX Team.
The weekend kicks off on Friday night with a concert by D.J. Paul Oakenfold, with special guests: Liquid Todd and Kenneth Thomas, launching the International Perfecto Tour. Then, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday the first round of high-flying FMX action begins. The athletes will be judged as part of a team as well as individually with awards for Best Trick and Best Whip up for grabs. Fans can then spend the day enjoying musical entertainment, pool parties and the opportunity to “Party with the Pros” at the after party that evening. Sunday brings the finals of the FMX Team Energy Cup at 1:00 p.m. with the athletes pulling out all the stops to make sure their team ends up on top. Who will win – Team Nevada or Team SoCal? Be there for all the action and find out!
Tickets to the FMX Team Energy Cup are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and harrahsrincon.com. Prices start at $20.00. Weekend packages are also available and include all competitions, concerts, pool parties and after parties. Saturday night is military night; all military personnel receive a $10.00 discount with their military ID. For more information please visit harrahsrincon.com.
As a part of the ASA Action Sports World Tour, the FMX Team Energy Cup will air on national television networks to include CBS Sports, VERSUS, Fox Sports Net and FUEL TV. International fans will also enjoy the action in more than 140 countries around the globe on 20 different networks. Please stay tuned to ActionSportsTour.com for the tour’s 2009 television schedule.
For more ticket information or details about the FMX Team Energy Cup, please visit ActionSportsTour.com or contact Denise M. Abbott, ASA Director of Media Relations & Marketing at 310 410 3020 ext. 309 or via email at email@example.com.