Going into the XDL Finals, Icon/Monster Energy rider Nick Brocha had a one point lead over Dixon putting them in a virtual lock for the championship. XDL assigns three points difference per position (45 points for first, 42 points for second, etc.), which meant that whomever placed higher would secure the title. Things got off to a rocky start for both athletes. During Thursday night practice Dixon had a hard crash into the water barrier, injuring his knee and breaking the left fork on his Yamaha YZF-R6, making it impossible to ride. Said Dixon about his crash: "I've been riding my FZ8 a lot so I was out of sync with my competition bike. I hit really hard and got thrown over the barrier, and I hurt my knee pretty good, but I'll be alright." The championship could have been over right then and there, but a mad scramble by Graves Motorsports in California resulted in an overnight shipment of the necessary replacement parts and Dixon was good to go for qualifying.