X Games Gold for Ferguson on FX Nytro
Press Release -
Yamaha FX Nytro mounted Dane Ferguson earned his first Winter X Games gold medal by commanding the daunting “Next Trick” competition at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado this past weekend.
The snowmobile adventurer and part time freestyle competitor chose a trick called “Twist Off”, which he developed himself and executed to perfection on his first attempt.
The effort won Ferguson worldwide acclaim and a check for $20,000. At the same time, he earned the Yamaha FX Nytro® a place in history as the first four-stroke snowmobile ever to take gold in the Winter X Games.
Limited to just four competitors due to the extreme audacity of the event “Next Trick”, similar to “Best Trick” in the Summer X Games lineup, gave each driver a pair of chances to name a specific radical trick they intended to do…and then go nail it!
Ferguson’s “Twist Off” involved a back flip with a twist, a combination he had been working on for several years. But the challenge for the likeable Ferguson was that he would be attempting it on a borrowed FX Nytro® with only three afternoon practice jumps; none of which had involved any sort of flip.
In a twist of fate, Ferguson’s regular freestyle sled, a two-stroke competitor’s brand, was not running properly before the event so he performed the winning jump on a borrowed FX Nytro® practice sled.
“I was nervous leading up to event due to the lack of practice. I had a total of maybe ten minutes of four-stroke experience before starting the competition. My first reaction to the Yamaha four-stroke is that it’s much quieter than a two-stroke,” said a jubilant Ferguson. “And I also didn’t realize how much horsepower I had until I was upside down in the air and I had to let off. I was definitely surprised about the power and torque, and how agile it was to be able to carve off the lip like that. I practically did a flip straight up in the air!”
Eric Josephsen, Yamaha’s Snowmobile Marketing Coordinator, was over the top with the Alaskan’s feat, but hardly surprised by the performance of the very-close-to-stock FX Nytro®.
“This proves that a lightweight four-stroke snowmobile can do anything that a two-stroke sled can do. We put an exhaust on it along with some shocks and bracing on the tunnel to beef it up for the abuse. But that’s about it,” Josephsen noted. “Besides the light weight, it’s the unbelievable torque of the motor that sets our sleds apart. They just accelerate so quickly. Whereas the two-strokes had to do a long run-up Dane could just get to the edge and gas it!”
In snocross competition, the Winter X Games proved to be an anticlimactic outing for Steve Taylor and Iain Hayden.
Taylor recorded very fast 56-second lap times during practice, but a combination of the moment, condition changes, and some poor line choices, failed the potent FX Nytro® from making the main event.
Hayden, who aggravated a shoulder injury sustained at Round 3 of the ISOC Amsoil® Series during testing a week previous to Aspen, was sidelined by team manager Andre Laurin after Hayden was unable to ride effectively in his qualifiers due to pain in his shoulder.
Yamaha Factory Team would like to thank the following sponsors for their valuable support: Yamalube®, FXR®, Fox® Shocks, Camoplast®, GYTR®, Fly Racing® and Stud Boy®.
More Like This
UPCOMING SNOWTRAX AIRTIMES
LATEST VIDEOS View All
Full REVIEW: 2018 Polaris 600 RUSH XCR
April 3, 2018
In our closing Test Ride of the season, AJ squeezes the fun flipper as he reviews the spirited ...
2018 Revolutionary Advanced Design Award
April 2, 2018
The SnowTrax tradition of recognizing technological innovations in the snowmobile universe ...
2018 Real World Sled of the Year
April 1, 2018
The final snowmobile showdown of the 2018 Season commences. . .
Woody's Traction Snowmobile Stud Comparison
March 28, 2018
AJ gets some help from Woody’s as he reveals some eye-opening results on the advantages of ...
MBRP's Arctic Cat 800 C-TEC2 Trail & Race Exhaust Review
March 27, 2018
AJ reviews MBRP’s latest Trail and Race performance exhausts which are designed specifically ...
Top Gear View All
March 26, 2018
WOODY'S TWIST SCREWS
Get a grip! And we mean that literary with Woody's Twist Screws.
Ask Motorhead View All
March 30, 2018
ENDURO SUSPENSION CONFUSION
Motorhead Mark weighs in on a reader's problem finding the most compliant suspension settings on his Ski-Doo Enduro...
Press Releases View All
May 16, 2018
TUCKER HIBBERT RETIRES FROM PROFESSIONAL SNOCROSS RACING
After 25 years of chasing checkered flags in snowmobile competition, Tucker Hibbert today announced that he’s reached the finish line ...
Tourism View All
March 21, 2018
Québec Original – Ride Where the Passion Began
Ask any rider anywhere and they’ll tell you: When it comes to snowmobiling, Québec is the best place on earth!