X Games 2021 Day Two News and Results

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X Games 2021 Day Two News and Results

Ackerman Wins First X Games Gold in Moto X Freestyle; Parsons Adds Fourth Moto X Best Whip Medal; Hodges Wins First-Ever Moto X Moto 110’s; Adelberg Back On Top in Monster Energy Moto X Best Trick; Raha Sets Record in Monster Energy Moto X QuarterPipe High Air

The second day of X Games 2021 competition moved to Axell Hodges’ Slayground for all Moto X competitions. This year, Slayground will play host to Moto X Best Whip, Best Trick, Freestyle, QuarterPipe High Air and the new 110s discipline. The event is closed to the public with no spectators in attendance throughout the week.

Bringing Moto X Freestyle back outside for the first time since 2016, the Slayground Freestyle course is nearly double the size of the indoor courses riders have hit the past three years. After missing 2019 due to injury, Luc Ackerman returned to X Games ready to throw down. Ackerman moved into first place with his first run, which included a flat 360, massive double backflip, a flair off the quarterpipe and nac double backflip. Josh Sheehan moved into silver medal position with his first run, which included a no-handed superman into a 360, a huge kiss of death flip and then a double backflip. Despite recovering from a recent ankle injury, X Games Minneapolis 2019 gold medalist Rob Adelberg took bronze, knocking Rinaldo off the podium with the final run of the competition. 

In Moto X Best Whip, the Elimination trimmed a field of eight to just four riders, who then had a four-minute jam to land their best whips in the final. Tom Parsons, who impressed the judges by whipping both directions, added his fourth Best Whip medal, and his second gold. The top qualifier in the elimination round, Genki Watanabe earned his third X Games Best Whip silver medal. X Games Minneapolis 2019 Best Whip gold medalist Tyler Bereman took home the gold. 

Slayground’s own Axell Hodges took gold in the first-ever pit bike discipline at X Games, Moto X 110’s. Colby Raha appeared to be in the lead for much of the jam session before Hodges threw down cancan landers, suicide no-handers stretched so far that he touched his hands behind his back and moto x 110 manuals over the rainbow in his final run to take the top spot.

One of Moto X’s top competitors, Rob Adelberg once again found himself on top in Monster Energy Moto X Best Trick. After settling for bronze earlier in the day, Adelberg came back hungry and threw down an no-handed frontflip to take gold. This marks Adelberg’s 13th medal at X Games and fifth gold. David Rinaldo and Harry Bink took silver and bronze, respectively, with all three of the top scores above 90.00.

X Games closed out the day of events at Slayground with Monster Energy Moto X QuarterPipe High Air. Three-time QuarterPipe High Air medalist Colby Raha went full throttle out of the gate, setting a new height record with a 40’9” air in his second run. Rival Axell Hodges was chasing that mark the rest of the competition, coming closest in his final run with a 39’2” air and settling for silver on his home turf. Tyler Bereman earned his second bronze of the day with a height of 37’. 

Action continues tomorrow from the CA Training Facility with Men’s Skateboard Park, Women’s Skateboard Park, Skateboard Vert, Skateboard Vert Best Trick and BMX Street. For the full X Games 2021 competition schedule and more information, please visit www.XGames.com


Media Contacts:
Danny Chi          ESPN Communications, 310-642-1509, [email protected] 
Grace Coryell     ESPN Communications, 818-585-3696, [email protected] 
Olivia Wilson      ESPN Communications, 904-303-3538, [email protected]


Moto X Freestyle

1. Luc Ackerman (GER), 92.33

2. Josh Sheehan (AUS), 89.66

3. Rob Adelberg (AUS), 89.33

4. David Rinaldo (FRA), 88.33

5. Taka Higashino (JPN), 87.33

6. Harry Bink (AUS), 85.00

7. Jackson Strong (AUS), 68.66

8. Ben Richards (AUS), 56.00

Gold – Luc Ackerman (AUS)

Silver – Josh Sheehan (AUS)

Bronze – Rob Adelberg (AUS)

Moto X Best Whip

1. Tom Parsons (USA)

2. Genki Watanabe (JPN)

3. Tyler Bereman (USA)

4. Axell Hodges (USA)

Gold – Tom Parsons (USA)

Silver – Genki Watanabe (JPN)

Bronze – Tyler Bereman (USA)

Moto X 110’s

1. Axell Hodges (USA)

2. Colby Raha (USA)

3. Jarryd McNeil (AUS)

4. Tim Ritson (USA)

5. Banks Hovey (USA)

6. Pat Casey (USA)

7. Tyler Bereman (USA)

Gold – Axell Hodges

Moto X Best Trick

1. Rob Adelberg (AUS), 93.33

2. David Rinaldo (FRA), 91.66

3. Harry Bink (AUS), 90.33

4. Josh Sheehan (AUS), 87.33

5. Jackson Strong (AUS), 74.00

6. Jayo Archer (AUS), 47.33

Gold – Rob Adelberg

Silver – David Rinaldo

Bronze – Harry Bink


Moto X QuarterPipe High Air

1. Colby Raha (USA) – 40’9”

2. Axell Hodges (USA) – 39’2”

3. Tyler Bereman (USA) – 37’0”

4. Kohl Denny (USA) – 34’6”

5. Jarryd McNeil (AUS) – 28’5”

6. Tom Parsons (USA) – 28’1”

Gold – Colby Raha (USA)

Silver – Axell Hodges (USA)

Bronze – Tyler Bereman (USA)

Full Post-Competition Interviews with Medalists


The password for each interview is Xg4mes21!


Moto X Freestyle

Luc Ackerman, Josh Sheehan, Rob Adelberg 


Moto X Best Whip

Tom Parsons, Genki Watanabe, Tyler Bereman


Moto X 110s

Axell Hodges


Monster Energy Moto X Best Trick

Rob Adelberg


Monster Energy Moto X QuarterPipe High Air

Colby Raha, Axell Hodges, Tyler Bereman


Video News Release 


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Olivia Coryell

Based out of Austin, Texas, Olivia Coryell is a communications manager focusing on ESPN+, The Walt Disney Company's leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service. In her time at ESPN, Coryell has worked on communications efforts for X Games, Brand Marketing, Corporate Citizenship, esports and more. Coryell is a proud graduate of Florida State University.
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