X Games LA 2012 Enduro X Invited Riders

June 20, 2012
Courtesy of Endurocross

Heading into the Sacramento round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship, there were eight open spots for riders to earn an invitation to X Games 18 Enduro X. For both the male and female riders, the top two non-qualified finishers would earn an invitation. In addition, the top two riders in the point standings in each class would also earn an invite.

The X Games competition staff also extends “Wild Card” invites to top racers from around the world and New Zealand’s Rory Mead has earned an invite. Mead is a proven Extreme Enduro specialist that demonstrated his versatility by winning a round of the US Grand National Cross Country Championship earlier this year.

The riders below are the final group to earn invitations and will join a field that now represents thirteen nations and includes riders as young as sixteen that will face off against some veteran off-road racers.

• Men’s Enduro X
• Top two finishing riders that were not already qualified 
Bobby Garrison                      USA
Ben Rego                               CAN
• Top two in point standings that were not already qualified 
Ryan Rodgers                         USA
Bryan Roper                            USA
• Wild Card Invite
Rory Mead                              NZL
• Women’s Enduro X
• Top two finishing riders that were not already qualified
Lexi Pechout                           CAN
Nicole Madsen                        USA
• Top two in point standings that were not already qualified
Rachel Gutish                         USA
Nicole Bradford                       USA

“The opportunity to compete in the X Games provided extra incentive for riders to push themselves for a top finish at these first two rounds of the GEICO EnduroCross series” stated Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross and X Games Enduro X Sports Organizer. “I am really proud of the depth of talent that we have assembled for this second year of Enduro X”, he continued.

X Games Enduro X Invited Riders, Men:
Taddy Blazusiak             Poland
Colton Haaker                 USA
Taylor Robert                  USA
Kevin Rookstool              USA
Cory Graffunder              Canada
Graham Jarvis                 England
Johnny Walker                 England
Andreas Lettenbichler     Germany
Rory Mead                      New Zealand
Mike Brown                     USA
Justin Soule                    USA
Geoff Aaron                     USA
Cody Webb                     USA
Bobby Prochnau              Canada
Gary Sutherlin                 USA
Steward Baylor                USA
Taichi Tanaka                  Japan
Alfredo Gomez                 Spain
Kyle Redmond                 USA
Ivan Ramirez                    Mexico
Chris Bruand                    France
Alex Salvini                      Italy
Max Gerston                    USA
Destry Abbott                   USA
Kendall Norman                USA
Fred Crosset                    Belgium
Bobby Garisson                USA
Ben Rego                         Canada
Ryan Rodgers                  USA
Brian Roper                      USA

X Games Enduro X Invited Riders, Women:
Louise Forsley                  USA
Maria Forsberg                  USA
Chantelle Bykerk               Canada
Kacy Martinez                   USA
Rachel Gutish                    USA
Steffi Laier (WC)                Germany
Tarah Gieger                     Puerto Rico
Nicole Bradford                  USA
Nicole Madsen                   USA
Lexi Pechout                      Canada

The X Games Enduro X will be held on Sunday, July 1st inside the Staples Center, in Los Angeles.

The X Games event will air live on ESPN networks and the remaining GEICO AMA EnduroCross events will be aired on the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the NBC Sports Network. Check your local listings or www.motorsportshour.com.  

For more information, go to www.EnduroCross.com.

2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule
Location                               Date                                        Arena / Additional Information
Las Vegas, NV                     May 4, 2012                            Orleans Arena (Friday during Supercross weekend)
Sacramento, CA                   June 9, 2012                           Power Balance Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA                   July 1, 2012                             Staples Center (X Games Expert Men and Women only)
Ontario, CA                          September 15, 2012                 Citizens Business Bank Arena
Denver, CO                          October 6, 2012                        National Western Complex
Everett, WA                          October 20, 2012                     Comcast Arena
Boise, ID                              October 27, 2012                      Idaho Center
Las Vegas, NV                     November 17, 2012                 Orleans Arena

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