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Baylor Gets Coveted X Games Invite


Irvine, CA (May 16, 2012) – The X Games staff announced the X Games 18 Enduro X qualification process and pre-qualified riders a few weeks ago and five more riders have earned invitations. For both the male and female riders, the top two non-qualified finishers at the opening round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series in Las Vegas on May 4th would earn spots. Those riders are as follows: 


  • Men’s Enduro X, top two finishing riders that were not already pre-qualified
    • Cory Graffunder            CAN
    • Max Gerston                 USA
  • Women’s Enduro X, top two finishing riders that were not already pre-qualified
    • Louise Forsley              USA
    • Chantelle Bykerk            CAN


The X Games competition staff also extends “Wild Card” invites to top racers from around the world and there is perhaps no rider more deserving of this than eighteen year old Steward Baylor. The South Carolina resident won the 2011 Grand National Cross Country series XC 2 Pro class championship and has won five races of the first six races in 2012. On top of that, Baylor has won four out of five rounds thus far in the AMA National Enduro championship against a strong field of pro riders. Based on these results, Baylor has been invited to his first X Games Enduro X. 


“The X Games is an amazing opportunity for these top racers to show off their skills in front of a huge live and television audience” stated Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross and X Games Enduro X Sports Organizer. “I especially enjoy seeing the young or relatively unknown riders get introduced to the world”, he continued.


If you want to see the riders that will be mixing it up at X Games 18, you can go to the Staples Center on Sunday, July 1st or catch many of those same riders at any of the other seven GEICO AMA EnduroCross events in 2012.


Round two of GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship will take place on Saturday, June 9th in the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. It will be the first ever visit to Northern California for the series and the last chance for non-qualified riders to earn a coveted X Games invitation. 


For more information, go to



2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule



Arena / Additional Information

Las Vegas, NV

May 4, 2012

Orleans Arena     (Friday during Supercross weekend)

Sacramento, CA

June 9, 2012

Power Balance Pavilion

Los Angeles, CA

July 1, 2012

Staples Center (X Games Expert Men and Women only)

Ontario, CA

September 15, 2012

Citizens Business Bank Arena

Denver, CO

October 6, 2012

National Western Complex

Everett, WA

October 20, 2012

Comcast Arena

Boise, ID

October 27, 2012

Idaho Center

Las Vegas, NV

November 17, 2012

Orleans Arena     

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