Three-time X Games medalist and Australian FMX icon Cam Sinclair has been offered a last minute opportunity, that could see him competing in the world’s largest Freestyle Motocross event; the X Games, within minutes.
Sinclair, after around six months away from FMX due to a shattered heal sustained in January left for Los Angeles last Saturday with plans of simply spectating the 2013 event, however on Monday was offered the chance to participate as a ‘reserve’ rider for the event, whereby he would compete should another athlete be injured or pull out before the event kicks off.
‘Moto X Freestyle’ is scheduled to start within minutes at the Staples Center, at 9:00PM Thursday August 1 in Los Angeles (2:00PM AEST).
Having not packed any riding gear whatsoever, let alone his personalised motorcycle parts, to say Sinclair is underprepared is an understatement. Thanks to the assistance from his major sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink and the generous offer by compatriot Jackson Strong to lend his spare Yamaha YZ250 motorcycle, Sinclair hit the course for practice earlier today and will stand by should the opportunity to compete arise.
“I have no expectations on myself today, but to get the call to be involved and potentially compete in the biggest event of the year was just too good to pass up.
I’ve only ridden a handful of times since my injury in January, so I’ll just be aiming to do my best, have fun and represent my sponsors well. I can’t thank all of them enough for sticking by me and the guys at Rockstar Energy for helping make this possible.” – Cam Sinclair.
The X Games is widely renowned as the ‘Olympics of action sports’ and is broadcast LIVE around the world to an estimated 145 countries on ESPN. It is estimated that over 35 MILLION people in the US alone, tune in to watch.*
Sinclair famously recovered by a near fatal accident in 2009, to win X Games GOLD in 2010, SILVER in 2011 and BRONZE in 2012. For 2013 ESPN controversially cancelled his favoured ‘Moto X Best Trick’ event due to its inherent danger.
For more information on the X Games and broadcast times go to www.xgames.espn.go.com