Oakley MX Dominates 2008 Summer X
Taking home a total of seven medals, the Oakley MX / FMX program represented not only the roots of the brand with Jeff Ward’s gold, but also our ability to re-invent ourselves with Ricky Carmichael’s first FMX gold medal in Step Up.
“I couldn’t be happier with the MX team athletes we had participating at Summer X this year,” said Anthony Paggio, Oakley 2-Wheel Motor Sports Marketing Manager. “To say I am surprised at the medals we won wouldn’t be true because that’s what I expect of the Oakley athletes and that’s why they are part of our family because they are some of the best in there particular events. I am however surprised that almost every athlete that I had in the games came away with a medal. That is something to be proud of and will be hard to duplicate in the years to come but I look forward to the challenge. I am happy that most of the team escaped without any major injuries and to those that did sustain some scrapes and breaks ‘Nicky Hayden and Ashley Fiolek’ I hope they recover quickly and get back to action soon, we will keep them in our prayers.”
Ronnie Renner took home two silver medals, showcasing his true all around talent of riding hard and with style, by scoring second in “Speed & Style” as well as “Step Up.”
Taking the bronze in MX Freestyle was Mike Mason who was pleased with the new “Knockout” format introduced this year in the final’s format. He took out Nate Adams and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg to claim the third place spot.
“I brought my A game. The new format was awesome. It adds a new element to it,” Mason said.
On the racing side, Jeff Ward took back his reign of Supermoto Champ for Summer X Games, adding to his already legendary number of wins in Supermoto. Josh Hanson dominated from the drop of the gate in the finals of MX Racing, taking home gold in front of Jeremy McGrath and fellow Oakley rider Brandon Currie who scored bronze.
“None of this success could have been possible without the help of our complete sports marketing crew who are always willing to get in the trenches and help support all of our team,” concluded Anthony Paggio, Oakley 2-Wheel Motor Sports Marketing Manager.