No matter how you write it, the facts are this:Jamie Bestwick completed a perfect Dew Tour season Friday to secure his fifth-straight Dew Cup in BMX Vert.
The dominating performance further cements Bestwick’s status as the sport’s top athlete and leaves little doubt that he’s the best ramp rider ever.Chad Kagy finished second on the night (and for the season) while Kevin Robinson made the podium for the first time this season in third.
While Bestwick’s win makes him the first athlete to have a perfect season on the Dew Tour, it isn’t the first time he’s won four events (he’s done that twice).However, this year one of the five Dew Tour stops was dedicated to skateboarding so four wins earned him the perfect season.
To see Bestwick’s historic performance, you can tune into…well, it was streamed live on the AlliSports website but won’t air on television, with USA opting to show highlights from last month’s Toyota Challenge.Oh well.You can also see highlights on the AlliSports website or in our post right above this one…
Keep reading for more details about the night’s action.
JAMIE BESTWICK CROWNED 2009 DEW CUP CHAMPION AND WINS BMX VERT FINALS AT DEW TOUR’S PLAYSTATION PRO INORLANDO
Bestwick Makes Dew Tour History as the First Athlete to Sweep the Season, Winning Every BMX Vert Final in 2009
Orlando – October 16, 2009 – Great Britain-native Jamie Bestwick won the BMX vert finals Friday at the Dew Tour’s PlayStation Pro, the final stop of the 2009 Dew Tour. Bestwick’s win simultaneously makes history, as he is the first athlete to sweep a Dew Tour season and the first to win five consecutive Dew Cups.
Bestwick pulled out the biggest air of the night by far, and his first run earned him a score of 93.25, landing tricks like an alley-oop downside over the gap and an alley-oop five. The nine other finalists hadn’t touched Bestwick’s score when the time came for his second run, which became Bestwick’s victory lap for the crowd.
Chad Kagy, of Gilroy, Calif., came closest to Bestwick’s winning score and finished second with a final score of 92.50. Kagy’s second-place finish earned him second place overall in the 2009 Dew Tour points race, narrowly beating out Aussie Steven McCann, who finished third in season rankings and fourth at the PlayStation Pro BMX vert final. Kevin Robinson, of East Providence, R.I., landed on the podium for the first time this season, earning third at today’s final with a score of 90.63 and fourth overall in season rankings.
“This season is a dream come true. I never thought that something like this was possible,” said Bestwick. “No matter what people say about running away with the competitions this year, I’ve had to fight tooth and nail for each of my victories this year. Chad came on strong all year, and Kevin came out of nowhere this stop to challenge me. But I dug deep all season long and somehow won time after time. This has been the prize I’ve been shooting for awhile, and I finally got it.”
Bestwick ends yet another Dew Tour season as the overall champion, making him the only athlete to win the Dew Cup in BMX vert in the Tour’s five-year history.
In another personal first, Jimmy Walker, of Chicago, Ill., landed the first-ever 900 of his career.
“I don’t know what to say; I’m just so excited,” said Walker. “I couldn’t do it without my faith. We’re blessed with many different gifts, and mine was spinning out there tonight to land the 900.”
The four-day competition featuring skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross is the fifth and final stop of the 2009 Dew Tour season.
Dew Tour’s PlayStation Pro
Friday, October 16, 2009
BMX Vert Finals
1. Jamie Bestwick, Great Britain, 93.25
2. Chad Kagy, Gilroy, Calif., 92.50
3. Kevin Robinson, East Providence, R.I., 90.63
4. Steven McCann, Australia, 90.13
5. Francisco Zurita, Chile, 89.13
6. Jimmy Walker, Chicago, Ill., 89.00
7. Austin Coleman, Los Angeles, Calif., 89.00
8. Simon Tabron, Great Britain, 88.88
9. Vince Byron, Australia, 87.75
10. Tim Wood, Australia, 84.88.
BMX Vert Prelims
Thursday, October 15, 2009
1. Coleman. Austin. Los Angeles, CA. 88.00
2. Robinson. Kevin. East Providence RI. 87.88
3. Wood. Tim. Brisbane, AUS. 87.88
4. Walker. Jimmy. Chicago, IL. 87.75
5. Byron. Vince. Brisbane, AUS. 87.75
6. Tabron. Simon. Liverpool, GBR. 87.75
7. Zurita. Francisco. Santiago, CHI. 86.25
8. Warden. Zackery. St. Louis, MO. 85.25
9. Eggleston. Jay. Denver, CO. 85.00
10. Jovel. Jorge. Bronx, NY. 85.00
11. McCoy. Dennis. Kansas City, MO. 84.50
12. Mancuso. Mike. Winterville, NC. 84.00
13. Branham. Jason. Chicago, IL. 81.25
14. Nolli. Rob. Orlando, FL. 79.88
15. Larrin. Mykel. Racine, WI. 79.38
The top seven athletes advance into the finals.The top three athletes in the Dew Cup points standings automatically advance to the Finals – Jamie Bestwick (300 pts), Steven McCann (246 pts) and Chad Kagy (236 pts).
Dew Tour Final Rankings – BMX Vert
1. Jamie Bestwick, Great Britain, 400
2. Chad Kagy, Gilroy, Calif., 326
3. Steven McCann, Australia, 322
4. Kevin Robinson, East Providence, R.I., 278
5. Jimmy Walker, Chicago, Ill., 276
6. Simon Tabron, Great Britain, 274
7. Francisco Zurita, Chile, 244
8. Vince Byron, Australia, 240
9. Dennis McCoy, Kansas City, Mo., 198
10. Jay Eggleston, Denver, Colo., 195