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Carson Valley’s Ty Tremaine took a big step in his young career with an appearance in this year’s X Games.
The 17-year-old went toe to toe with some of the world’s best riders Sunday when he competed in the Enduro X class at Staples Center as part of X Games Los Angeles. During preliminary rounds Sunday, he qualified 10th for the main event.
He finished 12th in the finals — you can watch video of the race here. Tremaine rides bike No. 114.
The endurocross is a hybrid motorcycle sport which sends competitors around a track on the floor of an indoor arena covered with dirt, water, logs, boulders, giant tractor tires and 18- to 24-inch wide rocks.
“I for sure want to bang bars with the top guys and reach the main event and kind of make a name for myself and let them know I’m not just a little kid anymore,” Tremaine said in the week leading up to the race. “I’m 17, so I’ll be the youngest one there, but I want people to see me as a threat and not just another rider at the gates.”
Tremaine earned an invitation to X Games because he sits 19th in the current GEICO Endurocross points standings on his KTM.
“Last year was my first year of Endurocross,” Tremaine said. “I found out that you make it to X Games if you’re top 20 in points. That motivated me to train and work hard and get better at the sport. I spent my whole off-season training and getting myself ready. I went into this season with my sights set high and ended up being 19th in points and getting the invite to X Games.”
The Endurocross season is in the middle of a three-month break, giving Tremaine time to concentrate on the X Games.
“The whole time in between, I’ve been training super hard,” Tremaine said. “My main goal is to get into that main event.”
The X Games are in their 19th year highlighting the world’s best action sports athletes.
“It’s a world-class event,” Tremaine said. “They only invited 24 guys out of the entire world, and I’m honored to be one of those guys and to be a part of it. It’s like the Olympics for action sports. You’ve got all the guys from all the different disciplines joining into one big event. I’m really happy to be a part of it.”