Monster Energy Riders Sweep X Games Moto X Freestyle Medals at X Games Los Angeles

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Monster Energy’s Taka Higashino takes gold at Moto X Freestyle X Games LA and teammates Adam Jones and Nate Adams take sliver and bronze for a full sweep.

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Taka Higashino Takes Gold in Freestyle Moto X at X Games Los Angeles

Monster Energy’s Taka Higashino has been pushing his way to the top of the Moto X Freestyle ladder for years, and now that he’s on the top, it doesn’t seem like he wants to let anyone take his place for a while.

Since the Moto X Freestyle events were canceled due to weather in Barcelona and Munich, Higashino came into X Games LA with a two-event win streak, having taken X Games gold at X Games LA 2012 and X Games Foz do Iguacu.

A big part of his win streak is his signature trick the Rock Solid Flip. He medaled in the last ever X Games Moto X Best Trick with his signature move, but he’s the only freestyle competitor to have incorporated his one-off move into his actual freestyle run.

In both of his runs at the final X Games LA, Higashino threw his Rock Solid Flip on the second jump of the run.

However, after Higashino led his competitors out of round one with a score of 90, Monster Energy’s Adam Jones threw down a top-flight run in round two, matching Higashino’s score of 90, which meant that a three-peat for Higashino wasn’t a guarantee. Monster Energy’s Nate Adams – the most decorated Moto X athlete currently competing in the X Games – sat in bronze position with only Higashino left to take to the course.

In his second and final run in Freestyle Moto X, Higashino duplicated his first run to a tee, hitting every trick in the same order as he did in run number one, and not coincidentally landing the same score – a 90.0.

With two runs of 90.0, Higashino took his third consecutive X Games Freestyle Moto X gold medal in front of Jones, who had a 90.0 and an 82.66. Then came Adams in third to complete the Monster Energy sweep of X Games Moto X Freestyle.

“That first run, I didn’t remember any of it,” Higashino said before he knew he’d have to do it again in round two. But after taking his third win in a row, it’s safe to say that Higashino is the most dominant man in Freestyle Moto right now.

“It’s so cool, I don’t even know what to say,” Higashino said. “My wrist was kind of bothering me, but I knew I just had to do it. I can’t wait until I’m perfect. The competition is now, so I had to. And I did. I’m so happy.”

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