Next, X Games Chiba will throw it back to a classic event: BMX Flatland was last contested 19 years ago at Los Angeles 2003. The sport, geared around BMX athletes performing tricks on a flat surface – no obstacles or jumps – enjoys a massive following in Japan. BMX Flatland also counts a Monster Energy team rider among its icons: 36-year-old Moto Sasaki from Chiba is headed into the competition fresh off a second-place finish in the 2021 UCI BMX Flatland World Championship.
When the action moves into BMX Park, Monster Energy is bringing the heat with a heavy squad including several certified gold medal athletes. The man to beat will be defending gold medalist Kevin Peraza from Tucson, Arizona, seeking company for his three X Games gold medals. Don’t rule out Canadian ripper Mike Varga, who claimed gold in BMX Park Best Trick in 2021 and 2019. The stacked roster further includes 2021’s BMX Dirt gold medalist Pat Casey from Riverside, California, and ten-time X Games medalist Kyle Baldock from Australia. Plus, California local Daniel Sandoval may have finished outside the podium at X Games 2021 but has been on a roll in the BMX Triple Challenge contests, so look out! And with certified X Games bronze medalist Jose Torres from Argentina, as well as young guns Jeremy Malott and Justin Dowell in the mix, the stage is set for an unforgettable battle in BMX Park.
Saturday’s action concludes with the BMX Street final, where Scottish team rider Alex Donnachie from Perthshire wants to improve on bronze from X Games 2021. Donnachie already owns gold from X Games Sydney 2018 and comes to Japan hungry for another win. It won’t be easy: Also keep an eye on Australian team rider Lewis Mills, ready to add to his silver from Sydney 2018.
All competitions will stream live on @XGames digital and social media platforms, supplemented by behind-the-scenes, athlete-curated and complementary content.