Stenberg three-peats in Moto X Best Whip
FOZ DO IGUAÇU, Brazil -- Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg won his third consecutive gold medal in Moto X Best Whip on Friday, taking 36 percent of the Ford Fan Favorite vote on Twitter to narrowly edge Spanish rider Edgar Torrenteras at X Games Foz do Iguaçu.
"I love my fans and I make sure to stay up on my social media," said Stenberg, who has more than 82,000 Twitter followers.
Fans voted for the contest in real-time on Twitter by sending their votes with the hashtag #BestWhip to @FordFiesta, an X Games sponsor.
Stenberg's been among the fan favorites since the X Games debut of freestyle motocross in 1999, long before the advent of Twitter. He backed up his reputation on Friday, whipping his bike in both directions, turning it nearly 180 degrees before rewinding it and getting nearly inverted as he flung himself sideways.
Torrenteras took silver with 33 percent of the vote, and American rider Josh Hansen won bronze with 20 percent of the vote. X Games Los Angeles 2012 Moto X Step Up gold medalist Ronnie Renner took fourth, ahead of 2012 Moto X Freestyle gold medalist Taka Higashino and Metal Mulisha rider Wes Agee, an X Games rookie.
"It was a good whip contest for sure," Stenberg said. "I'm just pumped I came up with another gold."
Twitter fans are one thing, but Stenberg says a stadium full of screaming fans is what truly fuels any Best Whip event. "The fans here are just so loud and so crazy, it makes all the riders feed off that, so it's super cool to do, it's fun," he said.
The race whip is the original freestyle motocross maneuver, a trick that is relatively basic but leaves plenty of room for each rider to show off some signature style.
"Best Whip, to me, it's just fun, you know what I mean?" Stenberg said. "I just have a lot of fun doing whips, even in the hills, hanging out with my boys... whips have always been the best."