Moto X Speed and Style closed out Day 2 of concluded with a heated final race that came down to a battle between Blake “Bilko” Williams and Nate Adams.
Despite an early lead in both the speed and style categories, Bilko wedged a tire and slid out on the second to last turn washing out completely allowing Adams to seize full control and win with relative ease.
Adams, a once dominant podium presence in the sport, earned his first gold in a Moto X event since 2011 battling back from a succession of injuries in recent years.
“The past few years have been really tough,” said Adams. “To be here, with this gold, I am struggling to put my feelings into words. To be quite honest with you, at times I felt like I had given up on myself, but there is always a part of you that will not let the dream die. Winning the bronze last night in Freestyle, gave me a huge confidence boost coming into tonight. I just cannot believe I am back on top. I’ve taken it step by step, minute by minute to get back to this point. Sometimes when you put in all the effort, it just doesn’t work out in the moment. Then one day it finally all pays off.”
Nate Adams now owns 18 Moto X medals, most in X Games history.
Defending champ Mike Mason exited early in the competition with a broken brake lever in the quarterfinals