Thousands of years ago, warriors entered the coliseum to battle one with another for their life against fierce opposition. Today these warriors came to battle in the LA Coliseum to battle with each other for Super X supremacy. Josh Grant, riding for Toyota, made up for lost time in the start to take over the lead in lap 11 for his first X Games gold during the Moto X Super X Men’s Finals Thursday at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. “I feel great, this is a great feeling. It’s right up there with my win in Anaheim,” Grant said. “It was a close race but to come away with the win is great. The atmosphere and the people are fantastic here at the X Games. If I wasn’t competing, I would still be here. “Grant trailed two-time Moto X Super X gold medalist Josh Hansen, who took the holeshot for an early wide lead in the race. After consistent smooth transitions, Grant took the lead in lap 11 and finished with a celebratory fist pump over the finish line. Justin Brayton of Murrieta, Calif. stayed consistent and made his move after Grant to take the silver. Hansen, whose father took the World Championship medal at the Coliseum in 1982, finished third for bronze.
Having the picturesque backdrop of the coliseum made it feel like a Roman battle once again, with the riders barreling out of the pillars and down into the competition field. It was the best move X Games has made in years.