Chicago, Ill. – July, 24 2010 – Chicago crowds were in full force Saturday at the Dew Tour’s Nike 6.0 BMX Open. Miami, Fla. native Mike Spinner, 22, won the BMX park final, England’s Jamie Bestwick, 39, won the vert final and 15-year-old Brett “Maddog” Banasiewicz became the youngest BMX athlete to top the podium after winning the dirt final. The two-day event held at Soldier Field’s South Festival Lot is the first BMX stop of the 2010 Dew Tour season.
After sitting out most of the 2009 Dew Tour season due to an injury, Spinner started the season off right by earning a first place score of 92.50. He threw out his signature quadruple tailwhip and a 1080 turn down ,, the first ever in competition, for his second Dew Tour win of his career. Twenty-five-year-old Daniel Dhers of Venezuela came in second with a 92.13. Defending Dew Cup champion, Garrett Reynolds, 19, of Toms River, N.J. placed a close third with a score of 91.63.
“After missing most of last season, I couldn’t be more excited to start the year off with a Dew Tour win,” said Spinner. “The competition is tough this year, but I’m excited to see what the season will bring and how it will all pan out in Vegas.”
As a five-time, undefeated BMX Vert Dew Cup champion, Bestwick, is setting himself up for a six-peat by starting off the season placing first with a 95.38. Bestwick’s consistency at the top of the podium was earned through his massive alley-oop variations and a turn-down flair. Chad Kagy, 31 from Gilroy, Calif., placed second with a 92.75 and Australian Steven McCann, 27, rounded out the podium in third with a 92.38.
“It’s a great start to the season. I’m super excited to take the first stop, but we still have three more and I never underestimate my competition,” said Bestwick. “The next three stops are going to be the hardest of my life. Everybody makes it to Vegas so I know the heat is going to be turned up.”
The youngest BMX athlete to win a final in Dew Tour history and one of the few members of the BMX Double Front Flip club, Banasiewicz was a BMX dirt crowd favorite as a semi-local from South Bend, Ind. The 15-year-old’s winning run included a barspin off the roll-in, front flip no hander, truck driver, barspin up jump down triple whip and a wall ride to tail whip to earn the top score of the night with a 92.94. Fellow Midwesterner, Brandon Dosch age 21 from Lake Orion, Mich., took the second place position with a 90.56 and Australia’s Luke Parslow, 25, finished third with an 89.69.
“I wanted to play it safe for the first two runs, so I put a lot more pressure on the third run,” said Banasiewicz. “I’m just looking to stay healthy, ride my bike and keep riding the Dew Tour.”
The two-day BMX event at Chicago’s Soldier Field South Festival Lot is the second of five stops on the Dew Tour, with 28,134 people experiencing the competitions. The Dew Tour will continue on to Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City and conclude in Las Vegas for the Dew Tour Championships featuring skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross.
Dew Tour Nike 6.0 BMX Open
Saturday, July 24, 2010
BMX Park Finals
1. Mike Spinner, Miami, Fla., 92.50. 2. Daniel Dhers, Venezuela, 92.13. 3. Garrett Reynolds, Toms River, N.J., 91.63. 4. Mark Webb, Great Britain, 91.38. 5. Ryan Nyquist, San Jose, Calif., 90.88. 6. Gary Young, San Diego, Calif., 90.63. 7. Scotty Cranmer, Jackson, N.J., 90.38. 8. Patrick Casey, Yorba Linda, Calif., 90.13. 9. Dave Mirra, Greenville, N.C., 89.63. 10.Andew Buckworth, Australia, 89.00. 11. Vince Byron, Australia, 88.25. 12. Jeremiah Smith, Cincinnati, OH, 86.75.
BMX Park – Tour Rankings
1. Mike Spinner, 100. 2. Daniel Dhers, 90. 3. Garrett Reynolds, 82. 4. Mark Webb, 76. 5. Ryan Nyquist, 72. 6.Gary Young, 68. 7. Scotty Cranmer, 64. 8. Patrick Casey, 60. 9. Dave Mirra, 56. 10. Andrew Buckworth, 52.
BMX Vert Finals
1.Jamie Bestwick, Great Britain, Great Britain, 95.38. 2. Chad Kagy, Gilroy, Calif., 92.75. 3. Steven McCann, Australia, 92.38. 4. Vince Byron, Australia, 91.63. 5. Simon Tabron, Great Britain, 91.50. 6. Francisco Zurita, Chile, 91.13. 7. Jimmy Walker, Chicago, Ill., 90.25. 8. Austin Coleman, Los Angeles, Calif., 89.50. 9. Kevin Robinson, East Providence, R.I., 88.88. 10. Koji Kraft, Addison, Ill., 88.88. 11. Jay Eggleston, Denver, Colo., 86.50. 12. Dennis McCoy, Kansas City, Mo., 85.00. 13. Mike Mancuso, Winterville, N.C., 84.63. 14. Zackery Warden, St. Louis, Mo., 83.63. 15. Brian Hunt, Derry, N.H., 83.00. 16. Zachary Newman, Frankfort, Ky., 81.38. 17. Ben Snowden, Hornell, N.Y., 80.50. 18. Bob Kohl, Chicago, Ill., 79.63. 19. Jason Branham, Chicago, Ill., 78.00. 20. Jonathan Chin, Denver, Colo., 76.63.
BMX Vert – Tour Rankings
1. Jamie Bestwick, 100. 2. Chad Kagy, 90. 3. Steven McCann, 82. 4. Vince Byron, 76. 5. Simon Tabron, 72. 6. Francisco Zurita, 68. 7. Jimmy Walker, 64. 8. Austin Coleman, 60. 9. Kevin Robinson, 56. 10. Koji Kraft, 52.
BMX Dirt Finals
1.Brett Banasiewicz, South Bend, Ind., 92.94. 2. Brandon Dosch, Lake Orion, Mich., 90.56. 3. Luke Parslow, Australia, 89.69. 4. Seth Klinger, Kansas City, Mo., 89.37. 5. Andrew Buckworth, Australia, 88.00. 6. Jaie Toohey, Australia, 87.88. 7. Nate Berkheimer, Las Vegas, Nev., 87.75. 8. Ryan Nyquist, San Jose, Calif., 87.31. 9. TJ Ellis, Moreno Valley, Calif., 87.00. 10. Chris Doyle, Pittsburgh, Pa., 86.19. 11. Dennis Enarson, La Mesa, Calif., 83.00. 12. Corey Bohan, Australia, DNS.
BMX Dirt – Tour Rankings
1.Brett Banasiewicz, 100. 2. Brandon Dosch, 90. 3. Luke Parslow, 82. 4. Seth Klinger, 76. 5. Andrew Buckworth, 72. 6. Jaie Toohey, 68. 7. Nate Berkheimer, 64. 8. Ryan Nyquist, 60. 9. TJ Ellis, 56. 10. Chris Doyle, 52.