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 YA-2506XD and K&N oil filter KN-141 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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