Monster Energy's Taka Higashino Wins X Games Gold!

CORONA, Calif., (June 28, 2012) -

[Higashino's Rock Solid Backflip (Photo: Steve Cox)

STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles was host to Moto X Freestyle, the first of eight moto events at X Games Los Angeles 2012. Monster Energy’s Taka Higashino dominated the competition and took home a coveted X Games Gold Medal by nailing a Rock Solid Backflip! Watch for Higashino in Best Trick on Friday night. Fellow Monster Energy athletes Nate Adams, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Adam Jones, and Andre Villa finished fourth, fifth, and sixth,

respectively. Monster Energy’s Andre Villa sustained an injury after a crash in his first run and was unable to compete in his second run as a result.

Friday night will play host to the Best Whip and Best Trick competitions, with Monster Energy’s Josh Hansen, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, and Edgar Torronteras competing in Best Whip, and Kyle Loza, Taka Higashino, Mar

k Monea, and Blake “Bilko” Williams competing in Best Trick.

X Games Los Angeles 2012 – Moto X Freestyle Results

1. Taka Higashino
2. Levi Sherwood
3. Javier Villegas
4. Nate Adams
5. Blake "Bilko" Williams
6. Adam Jones

7. Rob Adelberg
8. Dany Torres
9. Todd Potter
10. Andre Villa