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Utah Native Mike Aitken takes 3rd in BMX Dirt Final

Utah Native Mike Aitken takes 3rd in BMX Dirt Final


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Jamie Bestwick moved closer to a third straight Dew Cup by winning the BMX vert finals and James Foster claimed his first AST Dew Tour victory in the BMX dirt finals Friday night at the Toyota Challenge.

Bestwick, 36, scored 94.00 points to beat the 92.50 of fellow Briton Simon Tabron. Australia's Steven McCann was third with 91.00 points.

Bestwick has won at 11 of 14 Dew Tour stops since 2005.

"I have a few good things I've been working on that I plan to showcase in Orlando in the finals," Bestwick said. "There's a lot on the line next month. I'm going to work on the things that I couldn't get done here and try to give it to the fans in Florida."

Foster, 21, of Redlands, Calif., clinched the victory with a highly technical flawless final run to finish with a 93.25 average score. Foster's previous best finish this season was seventh.

"I gave it everything I could," Foster said. "I was just trying to make the podium and the windshield wiper (highly technical tailwhip trick) did it. I'm seriously ecstatic ... I don't know what to say."

Cameron White of Australia finished second with a 92.92 and Mike Aitken of Salt Lake City was third with a score of 90.50.

The four-day competition is the fourth of five stops of the tour that features skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross. The finale will be held in Orlando, Fla., in October.

Final AST Dew Tour Results

AST Dew Tour-Toyota Challenge Results

Friday, Sept. 21, 2007

EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah

BMX Vert Final Results 1. Jamie Bestwick, Great Britain, 94.00. 2. Simon Tabron, Great Britain, 92.50. 3. Steven McCann, Australia, 91.00. 4. Dennis McCoy, Kansas City, Mo., 89.50. 5. Jimmy Walker, Chicago, Ill., 88.17. 6. Jay Eggleston, Denver, Colo., 87.33. 7. Zack Warden, St. Louis, Mo., 87.33. 8. Kevin Robinson, East Providence, R.I., 86.67. 9. John Parker, State College, Penn., 86.33. 10. Mike Mancuso, Winterville, N.C., 85.33.

AST Dew Tour BMX Vert Points Standings 1. Jamie Bestwick, 343. 2. Simon Tabron, 288. 3. Steven McCann, 248. 4. Jimmy Walker, 194. 5. Kevin Robinson, 188. 6. Jay Eggleston, 187. 7. Dennis McCoy, 184. 8. Chad Kagy, 159. 9. Zach Warden, 155. 10. John Parker, 155.

BMX Dirt Final Results 1. James Foster, Redlands, Calif., 93.25. 2. Cameron White, Australia, 92.92. 3. Mike Aitken, Salt Lake City, Utah, 90.50. 4. Steven McCann, Australia, 90.50. 5. Luke Parslow, Australia, 90.00. 6. Dennis Enarson, La Mesa, Calif., 89.25. 7. Dave Dillewaard, Australia, 89.08. 8. Corey Bohan, Australia, 89.00. 9. TJ Ellis, Moreno Valley, Calif., 88.17. 10. Joey Marks, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 87.75.

AST Dew Tour BMX Dirt Points Standings 1. Ryan Nyquist, 282. 2. Cameron White, 232. 3. James Foster, 222. 4. Dennis Enarson, 200. 5. Corey Bohan, 197. 6. Luke Parslow, 173. 7. Diogo Canina, 163. 8. TJ Ellis, 148. 9. Anthony Napolitan, 142. 10. Colin Mackay, 130.

The AST Dew Tour

The AST (Action Sports Tour) was created in 2007 to function as the umbrella brand of the organization; the Dew Tour is the AST's premier professional property.Owned by NBC Universal and Live Nation, the AST Dew Tour, the world's premier season-long action sports tour, debuted in June 2005 and consists of five major, multi-sport events with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse - the largest in action sports - and an additional $1 million bonus pool based upon year-end standings. NBC and USA Network combine for exclusive AST Dew Tour coverage with the largest combined network and cable commitment in action sports. The AST Dew Tour is distributed in over 230 million homes worldwide and in over 100 countries. The Tour features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert, and dirt) and freestyle motocross, and at season's end, the Tour awards champions in the six disciplines with the Dew Cup. Key lifestyle elements at each Tour event include the festival village with video gaming and interactive events, as well as live cutting edge music. The AST Dew Tour returns all of its founding partners including Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor); and Panasonic, Right Guard Xtreme, Vans®, Toyota and PlayStation® (event title sponsors). Associate partners include Ball Park, MasterCard, Mongoose®, Slim Jim and Verizon Wireless. More information can be found at www.astdewtour.com </http:> .

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