X Games Ends Snowmobile, Moto X Best Trick Events

March 14, 2013

The X Games will no longer feature snowmobile or Moto X best trick competitions.

ESPN, which sanctions and televises the X Games, announced the cancellations on Tuesday. The X Games still plans to hold other snowmobile events at Winter X, along with motorcycle competitions at Summer X.

In a statement, ESPN said it will focus on sports disciplines that feature “athletes who also compete in multiple, world-class competitions.”

The decision comes after two horrific snowmobiling incidents last January in Aspen, Colo., including the death of Caleb Moore from injuries he sustained when his 450-pound sled rolled over him after a backflip gone wrong during a freestyle competition.

Later in best trick, a snowmobiling newcomer fell off his machine and the throttle stuck, sending it veering into the crowd.

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