Jackson Strong won Moto X Best Trick with his new “Jack,” a variation on the Special Flip body varial backflip.
Jackson Strong took his second consecutive X Games gold medal in Moto X Best Trick on Friday. The Australian rider came off the ramp and threw a “Jack,” a variation of the Special Flip body varial backflip. Last year Strong landed the first front flip in competition. Jacko came out ahead of Taka Higashino, winner of Moto X Freestyle where he landed the first ever Rock Solid Double Grab in competition. Behind Higashino was Cameron Sinclair taking the bronze. French rider Thomas Pages came in fourth and Clinton Moore rounded out the top five.
“I didn’t want to just be known for the front flip so I went out and learned something totally new,” said Strong after landing the difficult manuver on his first try. “I named it the ‘Jack’ because I think in years to come, when it starts to get thrown out in freestyle runs, people are going to be able to combo off it. I’m just stoked, for real, to get another gold medal.”
With Higashino’s new variation on the Rock Solid backflip and the “Jack,” this year’s Moto X Best Trick pushed the limits of a sport already dangerously close to the edge of madness. Sinclair earned the bronze with a double backflip. He had planned to incorporate a no-handed variation of the double, but opted out after failing to pull the trick cleanly in practice. He also has a wife who is six months pregnant to think about.
“I wasn’t going to do X Games this year without the new variation, but I got the invite and I thought, ‘Well, I’ve got the double flip, some other people might make mistakes …’ and it ended me up on the box again,” Sinclair said. “I didn’t think that was going to happen, because of the progression of the tricks these days.”
X Games 18 Moto X Best Trick Results 2012:
1. Jackson Strong (Gold) 91.00
2. Taka Higashino (Silver) 90.33
3. Cameron Sinclair (Bronze) 89.33
4. Thomas Pages 88.66
5. Clinton Moore 88.66
6. Kyle Loza 62.00
7. Bruce Cook 61.33
8. Mark Monea 61.00