Bestwick Wins Third Straight Dew Cup Title
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Jamie Bestwick won his third straight overall Dew Cup title last night in Orlando with a second-place finish in the BMX vert at the PlayStation Pro.
The 36-year-old British star made a remarkable comeback after a fall on his first run at Amway Arena. On his initial drop-in, the crank arm of his pedal fell off his bike, thrusting him into the air as his bike fell down the ramp.
Bestwick ricocheted off the ramp and slid down to the flat bottom.
"My crank snapped on my first run, so I needed a huge second run to win the Cup," Bestwick said. "Don't think it was planned that way for the dramatic. There was a lot of pressure going into the final run."
Bestwick scored 92.67 points on his second run to jump from last to second place. Chad Kagy of Gilroy, Calif., won the event with a 92.67. He finished first based on his higher first-run score.
Bestwick entered the contest with a 55-point lead over fellow British rider Simon Tabron in the Dew Cup standings.
Tabron finished fourth, giving him second overall in the standings. Australia's Steven McCann finished third in the event and third in the standings. Kagy placed fourth in the Dew Cup race.
"I'm just pleased that I could squeak in front of Simon to win that third Dew Cup," Bestwick said. "I have no problems about this second-place trophy because on Sunday I'll step on that podium and pick up my third Dew Cup."
Bestwick has won 12 of 15 Dew Tour events since 2005.
The four-day competition is the last of five stops of the tour that features skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross.
In the BMX dirt preliminaries, Ryan Guettler became the first rider to land a 1080 in competition. Guettler, who is in the 16th place in the standings heading into this weekend's final event, sits atop the field heading into today's finals with a score of 95.67. Dennis Enarson (92.33) and Cameron White (91.5) are in second and third, respectively.