Dalton Venter, the 4 time African Motocross champion and 2 time South African champion managed to somehow convince the team manager from Monster Energy Yamaha Racing team to let him and his team mates go and whip the hell out of a steel FMX ramp at King of the Whip and there was a fair chance he could win it!When I watched Dalton for the first time training at the Jungle Rush FMX compound, he was going so big that I couldn’t believe it! Huge whips, upside down, back to front, dropping the front end so hard and coming back without even a puff of smoke or an engine rev.His whips would not have looked out of place at X Games Best Whip if I was honest.
After finally meeting Dallan after so many years, it was great to grab a quick 5 minute chat with him before he was about to throw down at King of the Whip and see if he could stand on top of the box at the end of the night.
During our chat though, I was surprised when he dropped the bombshell that he was considering quitting FMX because of the backflip monkey on his back. And this is no joke. The backflip has ended the career of many riders. Of guys who couldn’t land it. And worse, those who crashed out badly. No one will know how hard it is until they deal with this themselves and really look at how dangerous it is.
Normally a Best Whip competition is just a small side act, of a bigger Freestyle Motocross competition or Motocross / Supercross race.
How did Ryan van der Spuy manage to bring the best riders in South Africa and now international riders like Julien Vanstippen (X Games gold medallist) to try out this crazy new event idea from the best FMX riders, MX, SX and even Enduro racers!?
Less than one hour before the King of the Whip was about to go down, I grabbed a few quick chats with the riders to see how they were dealing with the pressure.
And no one had more pressure than the reigning King of the Whip, Scotty Billet.
We have been so used to watching the same old riders being shuffled out to a Best Whip competition at X Games since about 2010. It has been so hard for any young guys to get a foot in the door to try prove themselves against so many medal winners and contenders from Jeremy ‘Twitch’ Stenberg, Ricky Carmichael, Jarryd McNeil, Tom Parsons, Edgar Torronteras, Josh Sheehan, Genki ‘Wanky’ Watanabe etc.
Nitro World Games 2022 produced the craziest Best Trick event we have seen since Travis Pastrana landed the Double Flip in 2006 X Games.
This time around, it would be not one, but two riders who would create FMX Competition history with Jayo Archer and Harry Bink going head to head to land the Triple Backflip for the first time in a comp.
As I was on the road driving through France, Belgium and into Germany I joined Clint Esposito on his show to talk more in-depth about Nitro World Games 2022 which could be one of the most defining FMX competitions EVER.
With Nitro World Games just a few days away, I wanted to give you the rider list before we are about to possibly witness history being made!
Will it be Jayo and Bink going at it for the Triple Backflip – first to be landed in Competition? A trick only landed once by Sheeny?
Or will it be Clinton Moore on the 720? Also only landed once by Travis Pastrana? Only a guess, but hey… not a bad guess I think!
The 2022 Red Bull Imagination competition went even bigger compared to the previous years! Tyler Bereman and co built upon the past 2 years courses to produce something special and the crowning glory was Tyler sacking up and sending this huge 180 feet transfer jump which blew everyone’s minds!
All I could see in my mind, was a newspaper headline saying “Idiot Australian lost in Indonesia Jungle”
What started as a disaster on my first ever FMX Tour of Indonesia, turned into a really cool opportunity to go riding in the jungle to the top of a volcano with Sheeny and Clinton Moore. And then almost back to disaster again!