Brian Bubash will next compete with his 2004 Kawasaki ZX-6R in the XDL Series at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California
The top 15 XDL Sportbike Freestyle Championship riders are expected to compete in the X-Games 2010
XDL Sportbike Championship Series Rider Brian Bubash executes his favorite stunt, named the Stoppie
There are many different aspects to the street bike styles in competition. The Individual Freestyle event is the main competition in the series and the one that ultimately decides the national championship. Other competitions include the Aprilia All Star Challenge and the K&N Sponsored XDL Circle Challenge. During the Circle Challenge riders first face off against each other with ten circle wheelie rotations. The next part is the Slickest Trick which is an audience judged competition where riders have two attempts to execute a specific trick. Riders also have to participate in Freestyle Burnout, a one minute free format where the riders push the pedal to the floor and let it all hang out.
“My favorite trick is called a Stoppie,” said Bubash. “That’s where I ride on the front tire with the back tire in the air.” Bubash competes in a 2004 Kawasaki ZX-6R with K&N motorcycle air filters and oil filters. “I’ve used K&N since I was a kid racing dirt bikes,” he said. “Even my mom knows K&N products and she really does not know her way around automotive stores. We both know K&N protects our engines and gives us excellent filtration.”
Bubash has competed in street bike competition for the past four years. “Every weekend I’m riding and travelling,” he said. ‘It’s important to be athletic in the XDL Series and have a top level mind- body connection.”
Judges base their decisions of difficulty, execution, overall performance and crash. The difficulty portion is worth between 0-40 points and is rated on the technical aspect of the stunts that are performed. There are four disciplines, wheelies, stoppies, burnouts and acrobatics. Execution is worth between 0-20 points and based on how well all the stunts are completed. If a rider does not complete a stunt they get penalties. Overall performance is worth 0-40 points and takes every aspect of the performance into consideration. Judges look at the rider's appearance, the motorcycle's appearance, the fluidity of the run or tricks and the crowd's reaction.
If a rider crashes they lose three points each time. Crashes are when the slider part of the crash cage touches the ground, with or without the rider.
The top 15 riders in the 2009 XDL Series sponsored by K&N will compete in the 2010 X Games. XDL round three will take place at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California August 7-8.
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