Moto X rider Brett Cue taken to hospital after nasty crash in Best Whip

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Moto X rider Brett Cue was taken to the hospital after a nasty fall during the Best Whip competition Sunday.

Cue, who is from Enid, Okla., landed hard and was motionless before he was attended to by medical professionals and taken away on a stretcher.

According to X Games officials Cue was awake and alert and taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

 

Weather postpones big air to Saturday, cancels musical acts

Severe weather moves over the big air ramp during the 2016 X Games at Circuit of the Americas Wednesday, June 3, 2016. Weather delayed the competition. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)
Severe weather moves over the big air ramp during the 2016 X Games at Circuit of the Americas Wednesday, June 3, 2016. Weather delayed the competition. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

Update: Events have been cancelled for the remainder of Friday night. Skateboard Big Air will be held tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tonight’s musical have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

The X Games skateboard big air event has been delayed due to inclement weather at Circuit of the Americas.

X Games officials are asking fans to head to their cars for safety, while the COTA Tower is being used as a signal for fans.

The tower is currently lit blue, if it is lit red the event is cancelled. If the tower is green it’s all clear to resume competition.

McNeil and Podmol share first gold medal of 2016 X Games

Jarryd McNeil clearing 33 feet on the LifeProof Step UP at Circuit of Americas June 2, 2016.
Jarryd McNeil clearing 33 feet on the LifeProof Step UP at Circuit of Americas June 2, 2016.

Jarryd McNeil and Libor Podmol shared the first gold medal of the 2016 X Games. McNeil and Podmol each cleared the bar at 33 feet in Moto X Step Up — essentially a high-jump competition on motorcycles — while Massimo Bianconcini took bronze after clearing 32 feet.

The three medalists locked up a top-three position after the rest of the eight-man field bowed out at 30 feet or lower.

“It’s great to win and start off like this,” McNeil said in a post-podium interview. “I knew what he (Podmol) was going to be capable of so I had to be ready.”

Motox X Step was one of two kick-off events Thursday, and both were held at the dirt track about a mile away from Circuit of the Americas. Shuttles were setup to take spectators to the dirt track, which was built last year for flat-track racing.

In Flat-Track won the gold with a time of 6:35.907. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. was the silver medalist, while Brad Baker claimed bronze.

It stayed dry Thursday, but the schedule was slightly altered with storms set to role into the area later. The last chance qualifier in Flat-Track was cancelled to quicken the schedule, while Thursday’s planned concert by Reverend Horton Heat was cancelled due to track conditions.

Celebrating it’s third and final year in Austin, the X Games didn’t have a downtown kick-off event like years past. The two events Thursday were well-attended at the smaller venue, but lacked the buzz of the 2014 and 2015 events that took place downtown.

Pierre-Luc Gagnon wins gold in skateboard vert

Pierre-Luc Gagnon took home the gold medal in the skateboard vert, the 20th overall medal of his X Games career.

Gagnon had the best two runs of the competition. He recorded an 88 on his first run and then upped his score to 92.33 on his second of three chances.

Paul-Luc Ronchetti claimed silver with an 86, while Sam Beckett finished third and took home the bronze medal with an 82.33 on his final run.

Multiple riders said they had to make adjustments to the wind and heat in the middle of the day at Circuit of Americas.

In 2014, skateboard vert was held downtown at night, under much cooler and calmer conditions.