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X Games Gold for Team Faith YZF 250 Yamaha Motocross Speed and Style Rider
Kevin Johnson proved he was most qualified for the Speed and Style event at X Games 14 by taking home X Games Gold. The Team Faith YZF 250 Yamaha rider has been diligently working on his back flip since the very first Speed and Style event at the Moto X World Championship games.
Team Faith Rider Kevin Johnson Gets X Games 14 Gold on YZF 250 Yamaha
“I must have done 200 flips into foam pits trying to get comfortable doing flips on dirt,” said Johnson. “But I never really got comfortable. I did land a back flip to dirt, but I also crashed.” The Speed and Style competition is played out just like its name. Racers try to best each other on speed and judges are on hand to determine who has the best form when it comes to flips and jumps.
World's best freestyle motocross riders use tricks and speed for one X Games Gold
In practice Johnson looked good on the hard packed track. His Yamaha was a little underpowered when it came to what the others were riding, but it worked well when it came to the technical and timing aspect of the event.
In the Semi-Finals Johnson was paired against Jeremy Stenberg. He gave Johnson a run for his money until the second lap. Stenberg wowed the crowd with flip tricks while Johnson wowed the crowd and judges with bigger tricks. It was enough to advance Johnson to the Finals and a face off against one of the world’s best freestyle motocross riders, Ronnie Renner.
“Ronnie beat me on the start but I passed him on the first lap,” said Johnson. “Our style tricks were about the same, but I beat him by about four seconds. Those four seconds made the difference and I took the gold.”
Johnson uses K&N replacement air filter
and K&N oil filter
at all of his races. “K&N always gives me the air flow I need,” he said. “With free style I have a trick called the hand grab and K&N allows me to have more power and more throttle response.”
Johnson said he did not expect to get the X Games Gold. “I was really surprised,” he said. “I never expected to do that well. Everything just happened to go my way the day of the event.” Maybe 200 back flips into foam pits also helped Johnson find his way to the gold.
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