<p><span class="title"><font size="4">Nate Adams Flatspins His Way To FMX Gold</font></span></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://ggimg.dayport.com/img/nate_adams_claim.jpg" border="0" /></p> <p><span class="title">Metal Mulisha Members Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg and Ronnie Faisst claim second and third</span></p> <p>By Tracy Anderson</p> <p>An anxious but no less composed Nate Adams took to the Freestyle Motocross course Sunday, making it clear to all who watched why he was predicted to win gold for the second consecutive year at Gravity Games. "To be honest with you, I was only hoping for a silver medal in this contest," said Kenny Bartram, a rider expected by many to place in the top three, but who finished fifth overall. "Thing is, I don't have a flatspin 360 in my book of tricks, and without it, there isn't a darn chance I'm going to beat Nate [Adams]," said Bartram, who also goes by the "Cowboy," a nickname earned because of his country western image.��</p> <p>Next to the "Cowboy," who exudes a warm, good old boy persona, Adams can seem stoic and impersonable. Next to the second and third place finishers – Jeremy Stenberg and Ronnie Faisst, both of them walking proof of the tattoo-heavy, bad boy motocross stereotyped image – he is conservative, and even boring.��</p> <p>But what Adams lacks in image, he more than compensates in skill.�</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://ggimg.dayport.com/img/ronnie_faisst_a.jpg" border="0" />Twitch</p> <p>The run which all but confirmed gold for Adams came early on, as he was the fourth rider of 17 to complete his first of two, two-minute timed rounds. Dropping in to what had been dubbed the "death gap" (where riders had to jump 15-plus feet from the starting deck into a 35-degree dirt tranny), Adams gunned straight toward the largest jump of the course. Flinging his bike and body off the 75-plus foot transfer, the crowd witnessed a spectacle that wooed them to their feet, a spectacle which Adams' Uncle, who happen to be present, turned away from for fear of watching its outcome. His fellow riders knew exactly what was going on: Adams had attempted the flatspin 360—over the biggest and most dangerous jump. Minutes prior, Adams had watched as Brian Deegan knocked himself out on this very jump by over-rotating on a back flip that ripped him from his bike and smashed his head into the dirt. Fortunately for Adams, it came together, and he landed a total of three flatspin 360s (two in his first run and one to win the best trick contest that followed). "Imagine what a flat whip looks like, but you do a 360 with it," explained Adams. "It's by far the hardest and scariest trick for me."�� �</p> <p>Combine it with his veritable mountain of back flip variations – no handed flip, seat grab flip, nac-nac and can-can flips – along with the usual cliffhangers and other filler tricks.</p> <p>Adams first run score of 95.8 was high enough that when it came time for his second run, all he had to do was burn time and have fun airing the jumps with stylish dead sailors and whips.�� �</p> <p></p> <hr /> <p><font size="4">Interview with Nate Adams</font></p> <p><img alt="" src="http://ggimg.dayport.com/img/nate_adams_p.jpg" border="0" /></p> <p><strong>Last year here at Gravity Games you won gold, a month ago at the X-Games you won gold, and now you've won gold tonight. How are you feeling about all this newfound success?</strong></p> <p>All three of these wins are definitely the biggest of my career. I am just feeling like I have to keep all this momentum up and carry it over to my next competition.��</p> <p><strong>What did you think of the dirt course this year?</strong>�</p> <p>The course is a lot tighter than the one I rode last month at the X-Games. There's pretty much the same number of jumps, but the overall area to ride around is smaller. There are more dirt jumps here than I have ridden in a while. Gravity Games is kind of known for having all dirt courses. This year was actually the first time they had ramps, a change I liked a lot from last year. This biggest problem this week was not having a chance to practice.</p> <p></p> <p><strong>How much practice did you get before the final?</strong>��</p> <p>Well, because of the weather, it ended up to be a total of about 30 minutes. It has been rainy this week, and if not rain, then the wind would kick up. So the weather issues were a big challenge for me and the other riders.</p> <p><strong>To what extent can weather affect your performance?</strong>��</p> <p>It's huge. The reason they had everyone in the final tonight was because it was too windy for prelims, and it was too windy for the qualifiers round. Basically, if the wind is blowing, I don't want to be out there jumping, but fortunately we got lucky tonight, and had a little break from the weather.� �</p> <p><strong>What did you think of the format, having 20 riders in the final?</strong>� �</p> <p>It's obviously not the standard way of doing it, but it wasn't bad. The biggest thing I had to worry about was keeping warm.��</p> <p><strong>Can you tell us about the bike you were riding tonight?</strong></p> <p>What you would you like to know about it?��</p> <p><strong>Any modifications you have made lately, and the basics of your setup.</strong></p> <p>I usually run the same setup no matter where I'm at—I like things to be consistent. I change minor things but pretty much I'm always running the same. I mean, right now I'm riding a Yamaha 2004 YZ 250. Modifications include a Factory Connection suspension, Pro Taper handlebars, Pro Circuit pipe silencer, I cut down the seat, I cut the air box out for the grab holes, and ... let's see, I run a Works Connection, frame guards and stuff, run an EK chain, motor stock, and always a fresh set of Excel wheels.</p> <p><strong>How do you approach riding contests?</strong>� ���������</p> <p>Basically, I just come to contests to ride against myself. I try and improve my own personal best – not compare or single myself out to what other riders are doing or how they are riding. If I can one-up myself, I'll come away happy. But it's extra nice when you win, like tonight.</p> <p></p> <hr /> <h1><span class="title">Highlights/Notes</span></h1> <p>-- Aside from Nate Adams, Travis Pastrana and Brian Deeghan are the only other riders to date that have landed flatspin 360s in competition. Adams didn't have to worry about Pastrana (he was absent), and Deeghan was injured right before beginning finals, as mentioned above, leaving Adams as the lone rider with the flatspin 360. Having a monopoly on this trick won't last too long, though. Rumor was floating around that Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg has learned them recently in the foam pit, and it's inevitable others will soon follow suit.�</p> <p>-- Kenny "Cowboy" Bartram was the only rider to jump <i>up</i> the "death gap," and into the starting deck. Each time he would land on his front wheel, and ride it out for about five feet.��</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://ggimg.dayport.com/img/jeremy_stenberg_a.jpg" border="0" />Faisst</p> <p>-- On the backside of Nate Adams moto pants are the letters NWA. His middle name is Williams, but Nate's Uncle told GravityGames.com that the acronym is actually a spoof on the National Wrestling Association. When asked if it was also a play on the gangsta-rap group NWA, Nate's Uncle replied saying, "The who?"��</p> <p>-- The charismatic Ronnie Renner is guaranteed entertainment. After a run overflowing of signature "strippers" and "who's your daddy" moves, he stopped atop a jump, dismounted his bike, and dropped a few of his famous dance hits. The robot, the worm, and a bike-free version of the "who's your daddy" ignited the crowd into a riotous roar. When the judges scored him a meager 77.2 for his run, he feigned aggression and ripped off his shirt. Flexing his muscles and throwing threats toward the judges' booth, he finally broke into a smile—not that his theatrics were taken seriously in the first place.�</p> <p>-- Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg was diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome at the young age of five. Of the many ways it can effect those who have it, for Stenberg, it's a twitch of the neck, hence the nickname. When asked about holding still for the needlework required for the numerous tattoos that adorn his neck, he laughed, replying: "Oh, man—it's tough. I have to hold real, real still. Or have one of my friends hold my head."</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://ggimg.dayport.com/img/jeremy_stenberg_p.jpg" width="200" border="0" />Twitch</p> <hr /> <h1>Results</h1> <p>1. Nate Adams – Phoenix, AZ – 95.8 -- $26,000</p> <p>2. Jeremy Stenberg – San Diego, CA – 93.2 -- $14,000</p> <p>3. Ronnie Faisst – Mays Landing, NJ – 92.4 -- $10,000</p> <p>4. Beau Bamburg – Portland, OR – 91.3 – $5,500</p> <p>5. Kenny Bartram – Stillwater, OK – 91.0 -- $4,500</p> <p>6. Jim McNeil – Arizona – 89.1 -- $3,600</p> <p>7. Dustin Miller – Santa Rosa, CA – 88.7 -- $2,800</p> <p>8. Myles Richmond – Cherry Valley, CA – 88.3 -- $2,200</p> <p>9. Drake McElroy – Reno, NV – 87.8 -- $1,700</p> <p>10. Jake Windham – Sacramento, CA – 86.5 -- $1,400</p> <p>11. Andy Jones – Elk City, OK – 86.0 -- $1,200</p> <p>12. Jimmie McGuire – Lawton, OK – 85.6 -- $1,200</p> <p>13. Derek Burlew – Cliffwood Beach, NJ – 82.2 -- $1,200</p> <p>14. Ronnie Renner – Long Beach, CA – 79.0 -- $1,200</p> <p>15. Bryan Dowdy – Oklahoma, OK – 77.0 -- $1,200</p> <p>16. Brian Foster – Carson City, NV – 74.9 -- $1,200</p> <p>17. Adam Jones – Pittsburgh, PA – 34.5 -- $1,200</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://ggimg.dayport.com/img/ronnie_faisst_p.jpg" width="200" border="0" />Faisst</p> <p>�</p>