Irwindale, Meet The X Games
Irwindale Speedway, Meet The X Games
The Irwindale Speedway has served as host to all levels of auto racing over the years. As the X Games bid farewell to Los Angeles, it tabbed the Irwindale Events Center, home of the Speedway, for four events: BMX and Skateboard Big Air, Gymkhana GRID and RallyCross racing. The venue was a perfect fit for the X Games and delivered more than a few memorable moments over the four-day stint here. Among them were Morgan Wade's first gold medal in BMX Big Air. This superman backflip helped him beat Vince Byron and Zack Warden for the win.
Elliot Sloan gets set to drop in for a practice run prior to the Skateboard Big Air contest on Thursday night at the Irwindale Events Center.
Battered But Not Broken
Bob Burnquist took a hard fall in Skateboard Big Air on Thursday night, breaking and cutting his nose. But he was on the mend by Friday and celebrating his bronze medal, the 26th X Games medal of his career.
Another X Games First
What's it take to win your first X Games gold medal in Skateboard Big Air? For Elliot Sloan, it was a combo tailgrab 720, tailgrab 540. Afterward, Sloan took time to celebrate with friends.
Electro-house, pop producer Madeon gives the Irwindale crowd a "what's up?" The French DJ played to a lively crowd on Thursday night after Skateboard Big Air concluded.
From left to right, Morgan Wade, Mat Hoffman, Vince Byron and Zack Warden take a second for a quick photo as the sun sets on the fourth installment of X Games BMX Big Air in 2013.
Let's Go Racing
Ken Block gets ready to race Gymkhana GRID on Saturday night at the Irwindale Events Center. Block helped create the event but lost out in the quarterfinals to Liam Doran.
Gettin' Their GRID On
This sequence shows seven of the eight drivers who competed in the debut of Gymkhana GRID at X Games navigating the container feature on the course.
Doran's Car Damaged
RallyCross racer Liam Doran crashed in practice before his qualifying heat and had to be towed back into the paddock. His team rushed to get the car off the flatbed and fixed in time to race again. Doran advanced to the main event but crashed out, did not finish and was 10th out of 10 cars.
Giving Some Back
Dave Mirra, right, and Bucky Lasek, center, sign autographs for RallyCross fans along with Subaru Puma teammate Sverre Isachsen on Saturday night. Mirra and Lasek have a combined 43 X Games medals to their credit. Isachsen added his first with a bronze in the RallyCross final Sunday.
Reggae-rock band Pepper played for the Irwindale crowd on the X Fest stage after BMX Big Air wrapped up.
Goodbye For Now
Kevin Robinson didn't medal in his final appearance at the X Games, but he's given fans plenty of memories over the years. After landing all four of his runs in BMX Big Air on Friday night, K-Rob waved goodbye to the fans and then drank it all in as his retirement became official. The X Games are saying goodbye to L.A., too. Look for K-Rob back in the booth as a commentator next year when the X Games moves to its new home in Austin, Texas.