We asked three leading motocross athletes how BMX has helped them when they made the transition to riding dirt bikes. See what they had to say:
FATBMX: Did you ever race BMX? Eli Tomac: My racing started with bicycles and that was riding BMX tracks, it was the first thing I did. I got on a bicycle and raced BMX probably till I was 7 or 8 years old at the local tracks and then after that I went full motocross but yeah it was part of my life in the beginning.
FATBMX: Do you use something you learnt from BMX for your motocross riding? Eli: I think the crossover is excellent, just for learning balance, balance is huge in the control of your bike.
FATBMX: Do you think BMX is a good school for motocross? Eli: Oh yeah, totally! I mean, especially in the Supercross environment it's very similar, well, it's both, it's bike control right, knowing how to pinch the bike, I think there's a lot of similarity between BMX and Motocross.
A2! Driving in California ain't bad when there is no traffic. Roughly 30 minutes it took from Newport Beach to the Anaheim Angels stadium. During rush hour you could add an easy 15 minutes. The highways are wide, but they're also full. Two in a car gets you in the carpool lane so that was a help for us while trying to dodge the jams. Anyway, a new day of Supercross racing ahead.
We made sure to go check out the oldskool BMX bikes that once again were on display during 'Fan Fest'. A Freestyle MX show also entertained the sold-out crowd that had shown up early to take it all in. We ran into BMX-er/filmer Oscar Mendoza from Spain, Tom Jacobs from Belgium, Big E, Alan Foster, and the Garcia brothers (Joey and Jimmy) who had made the trek down from San Jose that morning.
Opening the season with a full podium sweep! Monster Energy congratulates team rider Mike Varga on winning the BMX Dirt competition at the 2024 Monster Energy BMX Triple Challenge in Anaheim, California, on Saturday. In the first stop of the season, the 27-year-old from Oshawa, Canada, rose to the top of the field on the dirt jumps outside the Angel Stadium. He was joined on the podium by Monster Army rider Brady Baker in second place and newly signed Monster Energy team rider Ryan Williams in third place.
In the progressive Best Trick contest, 29-year-old Ryan Williams from Sunshine Coast, Australia, took the top spot.
Catch up with Jake Leiva and hear what he has been up to during the pandemic while taking some time off the bike, being a dad, how he preps for the Triples Challenge, and get to watch some behind the scenes before, during, and after the comp.
This is a bit of an experiment that depends on my phone data, and it will be a bit lowfi as I move around and film the event for real, but here are (hopefully) the Qualifiers at the Toyota Triple Challenge in Anaheim 2. If this works, expect to see finals here on Saturday.
If this is a taste of what's to come in 2018, it's going to be an absolutely insane year. Watch countless bangers from Dawid Godziek, Logan Martin, Kyle Baldock, Colton Walker, Jake Leiva, Kevin Peraza, Jacob Bailey, Pat Casey, and more from the first Toyota Triple Challenge of the year!
Monster Energy’s Kyle Baldock took a respective second place at the Toyota BMX Triple Challenge at Monster Energy Supercross in Anaheim, and teammate Colton Walker took third. After the dust settled, both Baldock and Walker were holding over-sized checks at the first stop of the Toyota BMX Triple Challenge. In its second year, the Triple Challenge has gained incredible notoriety as one of the most progressive events in BMX. This three-stop dirt series takes place during select Monster Energy Supercross events and runs much the same as its Supercross counterpart. And, it’s one of the few open invites events in the States, so it brings some of the best riders from as far as Russia and several unknown riders attempting to break into the mainstream.
How cool is it to have a Dirt contest during A1, the start of the motocross supercross series. It's all happening Saturday 6 January. James Foster showed the MX crowd that he means business but Russians Irek Rizaev and Alex Nikulin also made the top 10 as did Dawid Godziek (POL) and Brasil's Leandro Moreira. Finals will be held tonight so stay tuned for the final dirt jump results in Anaheim. And don't miss out on the race either.
Anaheim Toyota BMX Triple Challenge Qualifying Results: