“To even make it to the purpose the place I’m within the prime 10 with all these guys that I’ve seemed as much as without end is loopy.” – Brady Baker
May 01, 2023
Two podiums within the Triple Challenge! Monster Energy congratulates Monster Army rider Brady Baker on profitable the BMX Dirt competitors on the 2023 Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee. In the ultimate cease of the sequence, the 20-year-old rookie from Toms River, New Jersey, took his first skilled win in a roster of seasoned rivals.
“To even make it to the purpose the place I’m within the prime ten with all these guys that I’ve seemed as much as without end is loopy,” stated Baker. A relative unknown in the beginning of the yr, Brady had burst into the finals at every cease of the Triple Challenge. Nashville marked not solely his first podium end however his first high-profile victory.
Baker was joined on the rostrum by 28-year-old Monster Energy professional Daniel Sandoval from Corona, California, in second place. On the power of total season factors, Sandoval completed in third place within the 2023 Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge rankings.
Presented by Monster Energy, the BMX Triple Challenge is revered as essentially the most progressive competitors on the BMX filth using circuit. Now in its seventh yr, the open-invite occasion continues to draw the elite of the game in addition to up-and-comers trying to make a reputation for themselves.
As in earlier years, the 2023 BMX Triple Challenge passed off throughout choose Monster Energy Supercross occasions. After beginning out in Anaheim, California, in late January, the tour proceeded to Glendale, Arizona, in early April. Over 50 of the world’s greatest freestyle, BMX riders competed for wins in BMX Dirt and Best Trick this yr, in addition to the general season title.
For the ultimate cease in Nashville, the anticipation was palpable outdoors Nissan Stadium. Riders additionally needed to cope with inclement climate. A final-second storm on the night time earlier than the qualifying occasion on Friday soaked the freshly completed jumps. Despite the exhausting work of the Dirt Sculpt crew, the jumps have been operating slower than anticipated, and a few heavy winds brought on considerations amongst competing riders. The univocal resolution: Postpone qualifying, drop the LCQ/semi-finals spherical of competitors, trim off a foot or two of the touchdown of the second set, and cram the complete BMX Triple Challenge into simply 5 hours earlier than the gate dropped on the daytime SX cease.
The commonplace BMX Triple competitors format continued with three runs – greatest run counts – with the highest eight transferring onto the BMX Main Event. Sandoval took the highest spot in qualifying with a barrage of combos that solely he can do: 360 barspin-downside tailwhip-barspin on the primary set, a 360 tailwhip-to-tailwhip again, and a 360 barspin-barspin-downside tailwhip. Joining him within the finals have been Monster’s personal Baker, Mike Varga, and the earlier cease’s winner, Bryce Tryon.
Qualifying into finals within the fifth spot, Brady dropped in considerably early into the ultimate spherical. He wasted completely zero time and despatched his heaviest run on the primary go: backflip triple tailwhip, 360 triple barspin, and a cashroll tailwhip. Having set the bar, it was the remainder of the sector’s job to catch up – however Baker’s rating remained untouchable.
Speaking on his first win at a Triple Challenge occasion, Baker stated: “I’ve been placing within the work. I’ve been using a lot, and I’ve wished to get to this stage at these occasions for some time. I made a purpose to get on the rostrum this yr, and I missed out on the first two stops as a result of I felt like I saved lacking little methods right here and there. And it simply all got here collectively right here. I’m speechless!”
Supported by the Monster Army athlete improvement program, Baker is at present honing his trick abilities at Woodward West coaching facility in California. In late 2022, he turned heads with the “Power Hour” video edit introduced by Monster Energy.
Second place in Nashville went to Sandoval. With the general title on the road and a little bit of resentment for the judging on the final cease, the 2022 total Triple Challenge winner dropped in with a vengeance. All the acquainted combos from qualifying, however his first two runs ended with a completely insane dipped 360 superman seat seize. In his third run, he added one more tailwhip over the second set for a 360 double tailwhip-to-tailwhip again and despatched a 720 double barspin during the last set.
Unfortunately, Sandoval couldn’t get the touchdown and needed to accept second place within the occasion and third place total for the yr.
Also using sturdy within the remaining, Tryon bobbled his first two runs however put down a stable run that had a double flip on the huge first set and a entrance flip double barspin for fifth place. Varga got here into the occasion beat up however managed seventh place, with the spotlight being a barely corked-out double flip on the final set.
For extra on Brady Baker, Daniel Sandoval, and the Monster Energy BMX group, go to http://www.monsterenergy.com. Follow Monster Energy on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for unique updates because the BMX season continues.
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