Steve McCann beat out favorite Jamie Bestwick in Sunday's BMX Vert Finals at the Dew Tour in Salt Lake City. McCann landed a triple tailwhip into a flair to a no-handed 900 in a solid super final run to edge out Bestwick, who has won every BMX vert Dew Cup in the Tour's seven-year history.
McCann's score of 92.38 was just enough to beat Bestwick's 92.25. Vince Byron came in third with a score of 91.38.
"Everybody puts on a great performance when you get into the mindset of the finals," said McCann. "We all know what we're capable of and sometimes you just need to believe in yourself. That's what these sports are about -- going out there and putting together a run you're happy with."
This marks McCann's first BMX vert win on the Dew Tour and puts him in second place behind Bestwick in the overall standings. Next month's Dew Tour Championships will see Bestwick and McCann fighting it out for the top spot on the podium and overall Dew Cup in Las Vegas.
Sixteen-year-old DK Bicycles pro Brett Banasiewicz won BMX Dirt at the Dew Tour Toyota Challenge in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, edging out Haro's Dennis Enarson in second place and Redline's Brandon Dosch in third place for the win.
Banasiewicz pulled what many believed to be the best run of the contest, landing a no-handed frontflip, to 720, to double tailwhip, to flawless cash roll. Then followed up his final run with a 720 over the first set, to triple tailwhip, to truckdriver to x, and a no-handed frontflip.
"I'm going in," said Banasiewicz via Twitter before the finals began, and sure enough, he did.
In second place, Dennis Enarson, who won dirt at Dew Tour Portland last month, sat low in the finals into the final run of the night, then landed a signature last-minute Enarson run that pushed him into the second place spot. Enarson's tricks included barspin to barspin back to no-hander, suicide no-handed double truckdrivers and more.
In third place, Redline's Brandon Dosch threw down dirt lines that included a tailwhip into the course, followed by a double tailwhip over the first set, to 360 lookback, to opposite 360 tailwhip over the hip, to suicide no-hander double truckdriver.
Aussie Jaie Toohey sat near the bottom through most of the dirt finals, but fired out a final run that included a flip double tailwhip, to frontflip, to one-footed !abletop over the hip, to triple tailwhip. The final run bumped him up into fourth place.
In fifth place, UK park and dirt rider Ben Wallace approached the course with style, producing lines that included a cranked 360 loopback, to 360 no-hander, to downside double tailwhip, to 360 double downside tailwhip.
Enarson remains the 2011 Dew Tour BMX dirt points leader going into the finals next month in Las Vegas, Nev.